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Drivers rapped over lax attitude towards safety

LEASE Plan is calling for better routine maintenance of company cars after a survey revealed that the majority of fleet drivers regularly compromise their own safety and that of other road-users. The call comes after research showed that more than half of Britain's company car drivers fail to stop for rest breaks on long-distance journeys, almost two thirds don't check their tyre pressures frequently enough, and almost a half don't check their oil regularly.

Lease Plan commercial director Steve Dunn said: 'Statistics show that 25% of all motorway accidents are fatigue related, revealing that it is critical for even the most experienced drivers to stop for a break during long journeys. Many road users - particularly those racing from appointment to appointment - think they don't have time to stop, but we would urge them to build a 15-minute break into their schedule for every two hours on the road.'

The research also established that 64% of company car drivers failed to check tyre pressures before long journeys, while only 7% said their tyre pressures were checked on a regular basis.

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