Survey finds British Columbians who drive for work unconcerned about crashes, speeding

Crashes just part of driving?

Many British Columbians who drive for work believe crashes can’t be avoided, while few believe speeding is dangerous, a new survey has found.

A survey conducted by Road Safety at Work has found around 84 per cent of people who drive as part of their job believe crashes can’t be avoided, while only 14 per cent believe speeding is dangerous.

“Learning the facts can help prevent injuries and even save their lives,” says spokesperson Louise Yako.

“Most motor vehicle crashes are preventable. Careful planning, training, proper vehicle maintenance and other proactive measures can reduce the risk and save lives.”

The WorkSafeBC initiative aimed at eliminating work-related crashes says they are the “leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in B.C.”

Yako notes speed limits are “set for optimal driving conditions,” and it may be safer to drive slower when the weather is poor or when driving an unfamiliar vehicle or new route.

Many of B.C.’s estimated 2.5 million workers drive every day at work, according to Road Safety at Work, including truck and delivery drivers, community health care workers and sales reps, among others.

Another major contributing factor to crashes is distracted driving, however, the majority of survey respondents pinned the blame on other drivers for making driving a risky activity.

Yako said drivers need to put the phone away when they’re behind the wheel.

Meanwhile, there’s also a “big disconnect” between B.C. employers and their employees when to comes to driving risks, according to the survey.

Only 11 per cent of employers believe that driving is dangerous, compared with 26 per cent of drivers.

“Many employers believe this is because their workers only drive occasionally, do short trips, or only drive on quiet roads,” said Yako.

“But crashes happen and people get injured regardless of frequency of driving or length of trips. Employer and driver education is key to reducing the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities.”

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