As the same study suggested that nine in ten drivers use their cars at least occasionally for work, there’s clearly a big gap, which can then have knock-on problems. Two-thirds of drivers hadn’t had their driving licences checked by their employers and a third were worried that they didn’t actually have the insurance they need to use their car for business purposes. Almost half hadn’t seen their employer’s driving policies.
Using your own car also has more subtle risks, with many drivers seeming to be more laid back about safety and maintenance when it’s their own vehicle. Tyre checks, for example, tended to involve nothing more than a quick look at the tyres – without reviewing tread or inflation levels.
The challenge for companies is obvious, but the good news is that the solution can be as well. All it takes is robust fleet policies that are regularly applied to the cars that aren’t on the books, as well as those that are.
At a minimum, this means ensuring you meet legislation, but with a little more effort, it’s possible to do a lot to help keep your drivers, and other road users, safe.
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If you’d like some help putting policies in place, and communicating them to your grey fleet drivers take a look at our Grey Fleet Guide here or get in touch with a member of our expert team.