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How human factors affect our risk exposure when we drive

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The increased likelihood of being involved in a road collision while driving for work in the UK is well researched and documented. It has been suggested that the risk of crash involvement while driving a company car is 29% higher compared to driving a privately-owned car. Other research found the figure was even higher at 49%.

This paper summarises the findings from a number of recent research studies, and is based on research that was commissioned by DriveTech and carried out by Ian Edwards MSc.

Key insights:

This paper summarises the findings from a number of recent research studies. It shows:
• The risk of crash involvement while driving a company car is 29 - 49% higher compared to driving a privately owned car
• Environmental issues affect driver behaviour – ‘role overload’ and ‘safety climate’
• Factors that increase the chances of crashing, including; time pressure; fatigue; distraction; stress; personality; health
• Some people may enjoy driving under time pressure, if they believe they have the skills to do so
• Female drivers are less influenced by time pressure
• Young drivers are more likely to accept higher levels of risk
• Older drivers report less levels of stress than younger drivers
• Anger is associated with adverse traffic events, including violation and minor collisions
• Driving behaviour is directly linked with a driver’s attitude towards violations, errors, anger and fatigue
• Driving behaviours are clear indicators of heightened risk exposure of drivers being involved in adverse traffic incidents

Background: The increased likelihood of being involved in a road collision while driving for work in the UK is well researched and documented. It has been suggested that the risk of crash involvement while driving a company car is 29% higher compared to driving a privately-owned car. Other research found the figure was even higher at 49%. 

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