What’s considered driving at work?

You may drive for work more than you think

Do you know how much you actually drive at work? By definition, driving for work is any driving that takes place for business purposes that involves an employee driving beyond their daily commute.

While a third of UK road crashes include someone driving for work, you must understand the risks both on and off the road as well as how to prevent them.

What kinds of driving qualifies?

There are plenty of situations that are under the umbrella of driving at work. Those whose role is a driver already understand aspects such as taking appropriate breaks. However, employees must consider additional aspects of workplace driving. Essentially, if the reason for your journey is work, you’re driving at work. In addition to your commute, driving for work occurs in multiple scenarios:

  • To meet with clients and customers
  • For work-related appointments
  • Running errands
  • To events
  • Commuting to a location that is not the typical place of work

It’s important to note that this all includes an employee driving their own vehicle.

Why is driving at work important?

Of course, an employer has to maintain the health and safety of their employees. If a role includes driving and an employee has a collision, especially one where someone is harmed or killed, the organisation may be prosecuted. As a result, employers should be assessing the driving of their employees as well as understanding the associated risks. These include the nature of driving, type of vehicle, frequency, training, and associated compliance (such as the validity of driving license and insurance).

What does an employee need to do?

If your role includes driving for work, you need to make sure you have the correct licence for the vehicle you drive (which could be your own. Likewise, your vehicle has to be roadworthy. Just like driving when not working, you must be able to completely able to operate the vehicle. You should know when you’re too tired, when you need a break, and when to pause driving (such as for the weather or medications). Finally, if you drive for work, you need the appropriate vehicle insurance.

Additionally, you should chat with your employer to be sure they understand your role and driving. Working together, you can create a plan so both you and the organisation are covered.

What does an employer need to do?

An employer assumes responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of employees at work, including when employees drive for work.

How can you manage driving at work?

Ambit is a solution that allows the person responsible to check drivers. This includes appropriate insurance, communicating policies and responsibilities to drivers, and helping drivers understand what they should be checking on their vehicles to remain safe and compliant.

The Ambit app is full of features that encourage vehicle safety checks to keep all vehicles and drivers compliant.

Still unsure about how this affects you? Or are you ready to get started to make sure you’re not at risk? Let Ambit help you set up a policy, complete license checks, perform vehicle safety checks, and more all for free with a 30-day trial.