More than a quarter of drivers have been in an accident on their way to work, and nearly a third have had a near miss in the last year, according to a web poll from IAM Drive & Survive.

The survey, which looked at the experiences of commuters travelling to and from work, also found that ninety-eight per cent of drivers said they are exposed to negligent road users on their journey, 40 per cent of them frequently. Forty-five per cent admitted they have made a mistake which has made them worry about their safety in the last year.

Forty-five per cent of drivers polled would like their employer to provide support for them to improve their driving. Twenty-seven per cent would like further driver training and 14 per cent want clear company policies on circumstances in which they shouldn’t travel.

IAM head of training Simon Elstow said: “Driving to work is a risky business and a bad journey can affect people’s mood at work. It’s in the employer’s best interest to help their staff enjoy a stress-free commute, whether that’s through guidance materials, optional training, company policies, or ride to work schemes.

“Company driving policy needs to make it clear that while employees should plan their journey to be on time, if they are going to be late they shouldn’t rush or use a handheld mobile on the move. Traffic is unpredictable, and drivers shouldn’t feel forced to drive dangerously for fear of punishment.”