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Survey says stress is biggest threat to company car drivers

THE stress of driving long hours on congested roads is seriously threatening the health and safety of company car drivers. Disturbing new research reveals that 15% of fleet drivers admit to falling asleep at the wheel, while 43% regularly read a book or newspaper while driving.

Surprisingly, just one fifth use a mobile phone while driving, and only 3% map-read, but seven drivers manage to shave while driving, and five brush their hair. Anger and anxiety caused by the pressure of driving have led company car drivers to commit acts of road rage, with 71% pleading guilty to making rude hand signals, 45% to verbal abuse, and six even pursuing the car in front.

With the boot on the other foot, more than a third of company car drivers have felt seriously under threat from another driver, and interestingly, over half (54%) of those who have felt threatened say the incident took place in the south, with the Midlands registering only 14% of incidents, the north of England 13%, Scotland 3%, Wales 2%, and don't know 14%.

Two thirds of fleet drivers singled out 'boy racers' as the worst drivers on British roads, followed by 'weekend drivers' (52%), old drivers (42%), and young drivers (27%). But the traditional male-female divide was negligible, with 10% of the drivers surveyed nominating men, and 7% nominating women as the worst drivers.

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