If you’re in a hurry to get home after a long flight don’t drive yourself

Business travel overseas can be demanding and exhausting since the itinerary is unlikely to allow much time for acclimatisation when there are a lot of meetings to be packed into the visit.

Add to that the possibility that the arrival time on the return flight is late evening or in the small hours of the morning so that by the time the weary executive has cleared arrivals all they really want is to get home as fast as possible.

The temptation to just get in the car, hit the road and keep on going in this situation is considerable.

Government statistics show that tiredness claims more lives on UK roads than alcohol and research suggests that driver fatigue may be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road accidents, and up to one quarter of fatal and serious accidents.

What’s more it is calculated that a driver who has fallen asleep or is drowsy can’t take evasive action and so it is likely that collisions involving driver fatigue are up to 50% more likely to result in death or serious injury.

The most likely scenarios in which such collisions occur are on long motorway journeys, between the hours of between 2am and 6am, between 2pm and 4pm (especially after eating, or taking even one alcoholic drink) and when a driver has just finished a long and concentrated period of work.

Male drivers are more likely to crash due to tiredness than female drivers and as many as 85% of sleep-related crashes involve male drivers, with younger, male drivers  under 30 years old being particularly at risk.

It is worth comparing the cost of parking near an airport for the duration of the business trip, plus the cost of fuel, with the cost of paying for a car and driver to be waiting at the airport, ready to drive the traveller home in comfort and safety.

There are other benefits.  Being driven allows for time to unwind, perhaps take a nap if needed, or if you want to make notes of follow-up actions or reports that will need writing while they are fresh in your mind you can do them on the journey.

Work may be important, but you are likely to perform better if you are properly rested and have had time to get your thoughts in order after a period of intense negotiations.

In the end being driven home from the airport may prove more beneficial and more cost effective not only to you but also to your business.