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Young Drivers At Work

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Young drivers at work face, and create, a higher risk than other drivers because they are inexperienced and because driving forwork is higher risk than driving for personal reasons. Both young drivers and at-work driverswere identified as priority groups in the second three-year reviewof the road safety strategy. With funding fromthe DfT’s road safety partnership grant, andwith the help of aworking group including the DfT, DSA, Buckinghamshire and Lancashire County Councils, BirminghamCity Council and Roadsafe, RoSPA conducted a‘Young Drivers atWork Study’among employerswho have young staff (17-24 years)who drive as part of their work and young at-work drivers themselves. The‘Young Drivers atWork Study’was phase I of a two-part project. The study comprised individual interviewswith employers andmanagers of young at-work drivers, a questionnaire survey of awide range of employers, and a number of focus groupswith young driverswho drove as part of their job. Chapter two outlines themethodology of the report. The study exploredwhether employers, and young drivers, thought that learner driver training, and the driving test, provides young driverswith the knowledge, skills and attitudes they needwhen driving forwork (as opposed to driving for their own private purposes). It also sought to assesswhether employers, and young at-work drivers, would value and use additional ‘driving forwork’ qualifications, and if so,what should be included in such a qualification and themost suitable format(s) and method(s) of delivery.A further aimwas tomatch the findings fromthe research onto the DSA Competency Framework for Car and Light Van Drivers™ (hereafter referred to as the Competency Framework).Althoughmost employers are not yet aware of the Competency Framework, their responses could bematched to elements in the framework.

Research 01/01/09 Add icon
The Risk of Using a Mobile Phone While Driving

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Mobile phones first appeared in Britain during the 1980s, but were expensive and bulky.However, modern mobile phones are small, compact, easy to use and have become an essential part of life for many people. They enable people to maintain contact with family, friends and business associates. As well as the general communication benefits, access to a mobile phone also provides safety benefits by enabling people to alert breakdown or emergency services when necessary. However, there is considerable concern that using a mobile phone while driving creates a significant accident risk, to the user and to other people on the road, because it distracts the driver, impairs their control of the vehicle and reduces their awareness of what is happening on the road around them.

Research 01/01/01 Add icon
Safer Driving for Work Handbook

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Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. About 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes. The HSE says that “health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities as to all work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system”. Employers therefore have a duty of care towards their drivers. One way to comply with this is to make sure their drivers have the relevant information to hand in an easy-to-understand format. In response to popular demand, RoSPA has produced a completely updated and brand new ‘Driving for Work Handbook’. This compact booklet is ideal as an induction and ongoing driver education tool containing all the information a driver needs to help keep them safe on the road. Topics include: * Journey planning * Pre-drive checks * Fitness to drive * Safe driving tips * Motorway driving * Driving at night * Poor weather * Accidents, breakdowns and emergencies

General Information 01/01/07 Add icon
Managing Occupational Road Risk – The RoSPA Guide

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This groundbreaking publication is the complete guide to the Management of Occupational Road Risk. The fully revised 2nd edition offers invaluable help in developing a health and safety management approach to tackle the problems in this operational area.

General Information 01/01/03 Add icon
Driving for Work: Drink and Drugs

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Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Research indicates that about 20 people are killed and 220 seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work. HSE Guidelines,‘Driving atWork’, state that "health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities as to all work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system". So, employers must conduct suitable risk assessments and put in place all ‘reasonably practicable’measures to ensure that work related journeys are safe, staff are fit and are competent to drive safely and the vehicles used are fit for purpose and in a safe condition. Such measures will more than pay for themselves by reducing accident costs,many of which (e.g. lost staff time, administration costs) will be uninsured. Drinking and Driving Around 10 people are killed and 50 seriously injured in drink drive crashes every week. It is not just the drivers who have been drinking who suffer, but often their passengers, people in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, and the families of everyone involved. The legal drink drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration between 50 and 80mg per 100ml of blood are 2 to 2 1 /2 times more likely to crash and 6 times more likely to be in a fatal crash.The risk increases massively when over the limit. A driver who is double the legal limit is 50 times more likely to be in a fatal crash. Every year, about 90,000 people are convicted of drinking and driving, and face a driving ban of at least 12 months, a large fine and possible imprisonment. It is also an offence to be unfit to drive through drink, even if below the legal limit, or drugs.The penalties are same as for the 'over the limit' drink offence. Alcohol impairs judgement, making drivers over-confident and more likely to take risks. It slows their reactions, increases stopping distances, affects judgement of speed and distance and reduces the field of vision. Even a small amount, well below the legal limit, seriously affects the ability to drive safely. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, but it takes about an hour for 1 unit to be removed by a healthy liver.The exact number of units of alcohol in a drink depends on its size and alcoholic strength by volume (abv). For example, a 175ml glass of wine of 12%abv would be 2.1 units, and a 250ml glass of the same wine would be 3 units. Drinkers cannot be sure how much alcohol they are consuming because the alcoholic strength of drinks varies enormously, as does the size of measures. In pubs, bars and restaurants a glass of wine could be 175ml or 250ml, bottles and cans are different sizes and spirits could be 25ml or 35ml measures. Drinks poured at home are usually larger than ones bought in a pub or restaurant. It is also difficult to know the alcoholic strength of a drink without seeing the bottle.The speed with which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream also varies depending on a person’s size, age, weight and gender and whether they have eaten.The same amount of alcohol will give different blood alcohol levels in different people. Never rely on trying to calculate accurately how much alcohol is in your body, and whether you are above or below the drink drive limit.

General Information 01/01/05 Add icon
Driving for Work: Vehicle Technology General Information 01/01/05 Add icon
Driving for Work: Safer Speed Policy General Information 01/01/05 Add icon
Driving for Work: Mobile Phones General Information 01/01/05 Add icon
Driver Fatigue and Road Accidents: A Literature Review and Position Paper

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The purpose of this paper is to review published research and data concerning: a) the scale of the sleep related road accident problem b) the causes of driver fatigue c) potential measures to reduce accidents caused by sleepy drivers.

Research 01/02/01 Add icon
Older Drivers: RoSPA (4/10)

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This paper identifies the main factors that can increase crash risk with age, as well as ways to help older drivers sustain a good level of safe mobility. Older people are a large and increasing proportion of the population. Their mobility is vital to maintain a full and independent life. However, as people get older, it is inevitable that general health and fitness will begin to deteriorate – and this is what causes concern that older drivers may be at an increased risk of being involved in an accident.

Primary Doc. 01/04/10 Add icon
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