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Scrapes point way to serious crashes

COMPANY car drivers who regularly scrape or bump their cars are more likely to be involved in a serious accident in the future, it is warned.

Collating information about what type of accidents their drivers are involved in could mean the patterns that lead up to a major accident are better understood by fleets.

The warning comes from management solutions company cfc, which says driver training could be offered to those identified as having a high level of risk.

Sales and marketing director Andy Leech said: ‘A driver involved in a number of minor accidents such as car park scrapes and minor collisions over a short period of time is exactly the kind of employee that wouldn’t have attracted much attention from their fleet manager in the past.

‘However, fleets are learning that this kind of driver is on a kind of statistical knife edge. For example, a key factor in them having these accidents could be that they lack spatial awareness, which could easily lead to a much more serious type of accident in the future.’

Leech said more and more fleet managers are looking at the type of accidents their cars are involved in to identify any patterns.

He added: ‘Just a couple of years ago, fewer than 10% of our 3,000 customers analysed their accident data in any meaningful way. Now, the figure is nearer one-third.

‘Fleets that are collecting data for duty of care purposes are learning to analyse it comprehensively, often with fleet software.

‘This provides a tool kit that allows them to see which drivers and which vehicles are involved in what kind of accidents, as well as where and when they are happening.’

The company says that analysing accidents can lead to a fall in the number of incidents and costs associated with them.

Leech said: ‘For most, this is a more complete picture of their accident situation than they will ever have seen before, and it allows them to plan and take very specific and effective management action.’

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