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Venson warns of worsening driving standards post-lockdown

Date: 14 August 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Fleets need to beware of an increase in discourteous and dangerous driving on UK roads post-lockdown, according to a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions.

It found that 55% of drivers believe there has been an increase in speeding, while 41% of drivers believe that indicator use has decreased.

It also found that 38% of drivers thought recommended motorway following distances were being adhered to less frequently, and 35% said they thought all road users had become less courteous.

Venson client management director Simon Staton said: "When there was less traffic on the road during lockdown, other drivers took the opportunity to be 'king of the road' with less thought for fellow road users. 

"Now, with traffic on the roads getting back to pre-Covid-19 levels, motorists need to be more vigilant so that inconsiderate driving behaviours don't cause incidents that result in inconvenience or worse, for other drivers.

"For company car or van drivers, penalty points and the possibility of losing their licence is serious enough but if a vehicle is being driven erratically or dangerously and is displaying the organisation's logo or name, it can have an immediate impact on the perception of that business by other road users and pedestrians. 

"Fleet managers need to ensure that there is adequate driver training and support for employees who drive company vehicles, with clear guidelines to make certain that drivers have enough time to complete their journeys safely."