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Lumley Insurance Finds Experienced Drivers are More Accident Prone

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Analysis of accident claims made in the past three years to Lumley Insurance has shown that experienced truck drivers have more accident than the newcomers.

And 81 percent of the insurance companies costs come from these accidents caused by truck drivers.

According to the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA), a driver with between six to 10 years’ experience is more at risk of having a claimable accident.

The new research shows that there is a pattern regarding the cause and cost of truck accident claims in the dangerous goods industry.

Dangerous goods truck drivers appear take training and safety on board in their first few years on the job; but over time, complacency or lack of cultural reinforcement leads to an increase in the rate of accidents.

In response, the ACAPMA is calling for increased driver safety training and risk management initiatives.

Businesses need to focus on educating their drivers about the role they play in their own safety.

Drivers need to be taught how to analyse their own at-risk of behaviours and attitudes before getting behind the steering wheel.

It’s time for businesses to get proactive about training so the safety culture is improved just when experienced drivers become more relaxed about safety.

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