As many people return to work and do the ‘daily commute’, the risk to drivers will undoubtedly increase. The majority of care workers will of course have been on the road throughout lockdown providing care in the home or travelling to work on a daily basis, however, they will soon be faced with an increase in volumes of vehicles on the road and drivers who perhaps may be more ‘rusty’ and anxious after a time of not driving as much. For some drivers who have remained on the road, research suggests that driver behaviour has deteriorated over the lockdown period with speeding and erratic driving on the increase.
Changes observed in preferences in modes of transport may also increase risk on the roads as more commuters take to road based transport for their daily journeys. For example cycling has increased by 24% in the UK and the use of public transport is expected to fall from pre-pandemic levels, signalling an rise in road based travel such as driving and, if the current trial is successful, the future roll out of rental e scooters, all creating more traffic, vehicle volume and commuters adopting new modes of transport on the roads for the first time. More people walking to work will also increase the number of pedestrians crossing roads.
With all this in mind, now is a good time to ensure your staff and you yourself, are prepared for the changes.
Consider the following, especially if you have a motor fleet as part of your care provision: