Monday 9th August 2010
Be Wiser Insurance

Company car drivers are spending more time than ever at the wheel while on business, market research for a major vehicle leasing company has claimed. More than a home from home, cars are increasingly becoming an extension of the office it said, with half of all business drivers spending two or more hours driving every day.

"Drivers are increasingly doing more behind the wheel as the vehicle becomes a focal point in the working day," said a spokesman for the company.

"While advances in technology allow us to do everyday tasks on the road more easily, there's a concern that UK roads are stressful, congested places. Better in-car technology certainly helps, but more could be done."

"For example, congestion is a major cause of driving stress, so anything that eases congestion, like road-pricing or widening roads, could help."

A third said that they regularly make phone calls while driving while one in ten said that they regularly eat and drink while at the wheel.

Recent research by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) has found that companies often fail to consider the dangers posed by employees being tired. Employers must face up to their duty-of-care responsibilities and realise that they are responsible for employees’ welfare when on the road for business purposes.

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