Driving For Work

The facts

It’s estimated that around 200 road deaths and serious injuries each week involve someone at work. Around one third of all crashes are estimated to involve someone who was at work at the time – meaning that up to 1,000 lives are lost a year where someone is driving for work.

Employers

For information, advice and materials, including forms to help you with the implementation of a driving for work policy in your workplace, visit the Driving for Better Business website.

General tips for drivers

  • Check out your employer’s ‘driving at work’ policy which should be part of their existing health and safety at work policy;
  • Talk to your employer about driving assessment and training (if needed);
  • Check your vehicle – basic maintenance saves time in the long run and helps avoid accidents;
  • Plan your journey – this will help you avoid the temptation of speeding, trying to read a map or calling the depot for directions on your mobile phone while you’re driving;
  • Switch off your mobile phone or go to voicemail;
  • Wear a seat belt. Van and goods vehicle drivers are only exempt from wearing seat belts when making deliveries less than 50 metres apart;
  • Avoiding sleepiness; an estimated 300 people a year are killed because a driver has fallen asleep at the wheel.

So before you set out

  • Plan your journey to include a 15 minute break every two hours of driving
  • Have a good night’s sleep before setting out on a long journey
  • If you can, avoid an unusually early to start your trip, or a long drive home after a full day’s work
  • And try not to make long trips between midnight and 6am and 2pm to 4pm, when natural alertness is low

If you feel sleepy on your journey

  • Find a safe place to stop (not the hard shoulder of a motorway) as soon as possible;
  • Drink two cups of coffee or other high-caffeine drink and have a short rest to allow time for the caffeine to take effect;
  • Share the driving if possible.