Companies which have an any driver van insurance policy may want to bring their workers' attention to the helpful advice which has been offered by one of the UK's top vehicle insurance firms.
According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents (RoSPA), 20% of crashes in Britain are caused by driver fatigue.
With van drivers often having to drive long distances throughout their working week, coupled with the popularity of the Rugby World Cup games which are being shown as early as 1am in some cases, the insurance company has produced a list of safety tips for motorists who may be suffering from fatigue on the roads.
The firm states that it is important for drivers covered by business van insurance to make sure that they are being given the amount of breaks legally required at work. This should make sure that they have time to rest during the day.
Furthermore, if a driver feels tired they should not begin a long journey. The insurer recommends that the motorist increases their energy levels by having a 15 minute nap before setting off.
Van drivers should be aware that the times at which fatigue levels are liable to be at their highest are in the early mornings and late afternoons. At these times motorists should take extra care on the highways as accidents are more likely to occur.
If a person behind the wheel feels sleepy, they should take a break as soon as they can.
The Commercial Vehicle Manager at the firm states, "We can sometimes get carried away with the excitement surrounding important sporting events, but need to realise the dangers of staying up late or getting up extra early to watch a game.
"Tiredness is something that many don't consider a real danger when getting behind the wheel, but for drivers, it can be just as dangerous as drink driving."
The cost of a company's any driver van insurance policy could increase as a result of a fatigue-related accident. Drivers should take care to be refreshed at the beginning of each working day, and employers may want to remind their members of staff of the risks of driving while tired.