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Commuting more dangerous than driving for work

Date: 30 June 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

More road users have been killed while commuting for work than when driving for business over the last five years, new research by AA DriveTech has revealed.

Between 2009-14, an average of 110 commuters lost their lives compared with 87 while driving for work.

The research also showed that the percentage of commuters who were involved in a crash was significantly higher in the morning (22%) compared with 13% in the evening.

"Our research also identified three separate commuting periods with different crash characteristics," said David Richards, head of marketing at AA DriveTech. "During the early morning commute drivers tend to crash on bends, rural roads and faster roads."

"The commute is often overlooked by businesses as they tend to focus on supporting their legal duty of care responsibilities for their employees who drive at work," he added. "This research should be a wake-up call for many organisations as it shows the commute is even more devastating, in terms of people killed, than people who drive for business."