Failure to reduce road toll is 'natural tragedy' says AAA

The Australia Automobile Association has expressed concern at the results of a recent report which reveal that more people were killed on Australian roads in 2012 than in 2011.

According to the Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy report, published by the AAA in December, 1,277 people lost their lives on Australian roads in 2011.

In comparison, 1,300 people were killed on Australian roads during the 12 months from January to December 2012, an increase of 1.8 per cent.

AAA executive director Andrew McKellar has called the result a "national tragedy", and has called for authorities to take more accountability when it comes to achieving road safety targets.

"The National Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2020 and at this rate Australia is at risk of falling behind target," said Mr McKellar in a statement released February 4.

"It is clear that there needs to be a renewed focus on road safety in 2013."

If you are a fleet manager concerned about the welfare of your drivers and looking to do your part to reduce the Australian road toll, it might be worthwhile passing on a few basic road safety tips to employees to ensure they are operating their vehicles in a safe and efficient manner.

Simple measures like taking an extra moment at intersections, reducing speeds on motorways and remaining focussed and attentive at all times can often go a long way towards mitigating the risk of a road incident.

Another great measure you can take is to ensure that all fleet maintenance is up to date and that vehicles are being regularly serviced to manufacturers' specifications.

This way, you can ensure that your drivers are utilising vehicles that are in top condition and significantly reduce the chance that they will unintentionally cause an accident when driving.