12 January 2015

Ill health reduces driving ability by up to 50%

We are regularly told about the hazards of driving when tired, but what about the hazards of driving when feeling unwell?.

Research suggests that our general driving ability falls by 50% when suffering ill health. It follows from a duty of care aspect that employers should not expect drivers to get behind the wheel of their car when they are unwell. Even drivers suffering from a common cold display slower reactions, are prone to sudden braking, and are less aware of their surroundings.

Of course, we cannot expect everyone to stay at home with the merest ‘sniffle’ but we do believe that an up-to-date Company Car Policy & Driver Handbook that encompasses all issues is important.

For further advice or a review of your policy, please contact Activa on 01908 288400 or speak to your account manager.