Understanding the behaviours and traits associated with safe drivers and unsafe drivers is important for any driver. It can help organisations who rely on employees driving for work and help to implement measures that reduce the risk of road trauma. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of workplace death, so reducing risk and frequency has many important benefits.

Below are four key factors that differentiate a safe driver and an unsafe driver (NRSPP)

  • Using mobile devices while driving and driving while tired are the two most common behaviours displayed by unsafe drivers.
  • Driver attitude impacts how safely or unsafely you drive. Drivers who are Impatient and aggressive are more likely to crash compared to patient drivers.
  • Mirror and blind-spot checking and safe crash avoidance space are associated with safe drivers
  • Safe drivers take regular breaks on a long drive, stopping every two hours in an effort to stop the onset of fatigue altogether
  • Pre-vehicle checks and regular vehicle maintenance is always a priority for safe drivers

Being aware of these traits is so important in ensuring your work team are being as safe as possible, every time they get in the car.