Businesses with fleet drivers no doubt understand the need for safety and intelligence on the road, especially when staff are using company vehicles. Smarter driving is essential to reduce the likelihood of crashes.

The NRMA study

This was the focus of a new announcement from head of Group Safety and Wellbeing at the NRMA, Peter Sylvester. In a release posted on the National Road Safety Partnership Program website, he explained the necessary steps for safer driving.

Small-business owners need to take heed of the steps outlined, as it can be harder for smaller companies to deal with unexpected financial commitments.

Driver training

Professional learner driver training was identified as something that should be mandatory, and this is certainly the best way to ensure vehicles are controlled correctly in every situation.

Driver training is often given for more specialist vehicles within a business, but neglected for standard cars. While it may seem unnecessary, proper training could help to ensure drivers can effectively respond in the event of an emergency.

Fatigue management

The need for a proper fatigue management policy was outlined, but it’s important that such policies are also applied to the business level. Drivers should be given clear information of when to stop, and the necessary actions to take. Fatigued drivers can face a far higher risk of crashing.

Several other steps were also listed, but the underlying message is clear – road safety needs to become a business priority.

In addition to teaching the drivers the necessity of road safety, it’s also prudent to put a motor vehicle business insurance policy in place. These policies provide a layer of support to ensure there’s little (if any) financial fall out from a company motor vehicle accident.