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Seven out of ten work drivers never offered training

The survey by IAM Drive & Survive also found that only 3% of the respondents said that they had been offered driver training but had declined.

When participants were asked which aspects of their driving they felt could be improved by training, 29% claimed that they would benefit from having a refresher course on the Highway Code. Other areas of their driving participants felt could be improved by training included:

  • Fuel-efficient driving – 19%
  • Sticking to speed limits – 17%
  • Manoeuvring and parking – 14%

While a high number of respondents did welcome the idea of training, just under half of those polled said they wouldn’t be interested. The two most common reasons were the time it would take and a belief that it wasn’t necessary.

IAM Drive & Survive’s chief executive Simon Best said: ‘These findings reflect poor management decisions as business leaders fail to act to adequately protect their employees and in doing so put them and other road users at risk.

‘A third of accidents involve somebody driving for work and these results show that government initiatives to enforce driver safety are simply not working. It is clear that businesses such as ours must work even harder to get the message out on the importance of continuous development.’

In response to the finding that 29% of drivers would welcome a refresher on the Highway Code, IAM Drive & Survive is running the 10 days of the Highway Code competition on Twitter, giving well-read drivers the opportunity to win an iPad Mini with Retina display. @IAMdrivesurvive will tweet one quiz question a day until the 18th July, based on different rules from the Highway Code, with all of the correct answers going into a prize draw for the iPad.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.