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Company drivers have a woeful lack of road knowledge, says E-Training World

More than a third of company car drivers have a fundamental lack of knowledge of the Highway Code and basic road laws, claims E-Training World.

The driver profiling and e-driver training specialist measures four aspects of driving as part of its online risk assessment: attitude; knowledge; concentration/observation; and hazard perception.

Over the past 12 months, 36.6% of drivers have come out as high risk for the knowledge section and, Graham Hurdle, E-Training World’s managing director stresses that this is a real concern for companies operating vehicle fleets.

“Many drivers haven’t read the Highway Code since the day they passed their basic L- test,” said Hurdle. “As a result, many do not know what road signs and markings mean, nor what the laws of the road are.

“There are also an increasing number of foreign drivers, who passed their test in other countries, who have a basic lack of knowledge of UK rules, signs and laws.

“Some might argue that not knowing the rules of the road isn’t as serious as tailgating, driving at dangerous speeds or other actions that are the common causes of accidents.

“I couldn’t disagree more. Road signs are there to guide and warn us while on the road, and the laws that govern our driving are there to make our roads safe. Drivers who lack basic knowledge cannot conduct themselves within the law, or react to signs, if they don’t know what they are or mean.”

In terms of overall risk, based on a combined score across all four sections, E-Training World’s online driver profiling system finds that less than 10% of drivers are high risk, approximately 70% are medium risk and 20% low risk.

“It’s the knowledge section that’s letting many drivers down,” said Hurdle, “ and this can be relatively easily resolved either through some of our online driver training modules or by asking drivers to re-read the Highway Code and then re-take the assessment to prove their knowledge has improved.”

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  • Sam McIndoe - 18/05/2016 11:50

    This is very true. I am in fact carrying out Tool box talks with all my trades over the next few months to highlight Highway code changes and rules of the road. I'm going to carry out an interactive quiz to get them thinking and will be handing out new copies of the Highway Code to all.

  • Lynn - 18/05/2016 11:53

    Do vehicles have indicators today - only there seems to be a lack of user action!!!!!

  • Busterrabbit - 18/05/2016 11:59

    Most company car drivers are just drivers, and so no different to any other drivers, that is to say not very good. Except that many seem to think because they drive a lot they are more experienced and so somehow automatically a "better driver". Playing a guitar for years doesn't turn you into Eric Clapton anymore than "driving a lot" makes you a better driver. You have to work to be a good driver, most people just accept driving as a right and just want to get from A to B. Most have ne real interest in driving or being a good driver and put no effort into it at all. Hence the generally poor standard of driving in the UK.

  • Trevor Roach - 18/05/2016 12:44

    Having read the findings of this report I believe that many transport managers are already aware of this fact but know that to openly acknowledge the issue means that they would then have to spend time and money to address the road risk, so prefer to turn a blind eye to it. I would say that anybody connected with the driver training / eduction side is already aware of this fact and have been for some years now!

  • Bianca Castafiore - 18/05/2016 15:07

    As with other comments, a poor driver does not necessarily improve with experience. However, it's not a surprising statement, coming as it has from a driver training company. After all, if they announced that most were good drivers, their market for business would be significantly reduced.....

  • DriverMetrics - 18/05/2016 16:13

    More knowledgeable drivers is no bad thing. That said, published data shows that there is - at best - only very little correlation between knowledge of the Highway code and safe driving. [advertising removed]

  • Alun Jones - 18/05/2016 16:26

    I completely agree with this article but I have to say it's not limited just to company car drivers as I am a Fleet /NDORS trainer delivering various course and the shear lack of knowledge is quite frightening

  • Les Hammond - 08/06/2016 15:35

    This is not surprising as the information available to drivers is orientated to what the sign says not to why it has been out there, most people can work out what a sign says, but few can work out why it has been put in that particular place!

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