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Drivers Take More Risks on the Road at Start of Year

Published: Friday 22nd of February 2013 | Author: Scott | Category: Fleet Management

Telemetric data from GreenRoad shows that UK motorists are more likely to take bigger risks on the road in the first four months of the year. The results come from data published by the GreenRoad Safety Score.

GreenRoad are leaders in driver performance and safety management for fleets and other large businesses. Utilising in-vehicle technology which measures a variety of dynamics including acceleration, braking, cornering and lane speed. Those drivers that get the lowest scores are the safest drivers.

In a recent review of 813 UK fleet motorists using this technology, it revealed that the highest driver scores were recorded in the months of January through to April. There after the scores got progressively lower throughout the year with December showing the highest average scores from those motorists analysed.

The data showed that abrupt braking was by far the most commonly risky manoeuvre made by drivers in the UK with a score of 48%, with poor handling of corners in second with a score of 36%. Throughout a normal working day the scores remain fairly consistent though they tend to see Safety Scores increase dramatically at around 11pm, before dropping back again to safe numbers. GreenRoad's expert Mark Hampson commented, "It appears drivers may be rushing home at the end of their late shifts."

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