Company car drivers speeding?
As a fleet manager do you ever wonder how safely your company car drivers are driving? Whether they ever check if their brake lights are out or if they stick to the speed limit? Unfortunately for fleet managers RAC has recently reported that nearly nine in ten (87%) company car drivers admit to speeding on motorways, compared with less than two-thirds (61%) of private motorists (figures taken from Fleet News). So is there a reason that company car drivers find it more acceptable to speed when on the roads than others?
It’s a given that we are likely to be under more pressure to get somewhere promptly, be it for a meeting or maybe to make a delivery. Some of us may be forgetting that although an 80mph speed limit has been talked about it hasn’t been implemented just yet and is still under review for a reason.
However not only does this pose greater safety issues it also means our company car drivers are using more fuel on their journeys. Not something companies may take kindly to given the issues with the current cost of fuel. After doing some research Fleet News reported “the worst speeding culprit also achieved the worst fuel efficiency at 43mpg, while the driver who registered the fewest speeding violations had the best efficiency, at 62mpg. Both drivers were in the same make and model of car”.
So how can can we improve the attitude of our company drivers when it comes to speeding? Do all company car drivers need a crash course in speeding before they’re allowed on the road?