Road safety is a key factor of a company’s health, safety and working environment objectives, contributing to protect its employees and clients and involving the company's liability.
We believe companies have a role to play when it comes to promoting road safety for their employees and customers in all their journeys, and this is why we support our clients in developing a road safety culture. At Arval, we have set an ambitious goal of reducing road accidents by 2025 compared to 2019. With more than 1.6M vehicles on the road, it is only natural that Arval contributes to improving road safety: for customers, drivers, and all our community. This initiative not only involves regular four-wheel vehicles but also encompasses alternative mobility solutions as well, such as bikes. Road safety also plays a vital role for these mobility solutions and includes safety equipment, as well as the familiarization with the solution prior to getting on the road.
Technology with a purpose
According to the latest Arval Mobility Observatory Barometer, one of the main reasons to have connected vehicles, regardless of vehicle type, is to improve driver safety (34%) followed by operational efficiency (29%) and fleet costs reduction (25%). That is why we invest globally in technology to improve driving behavior, providing the means to our customers to understand the risks and work towards reducing them.
“We develop local initiatives in all our markets, ranging from impactful driver training allowing our clients to reduce collisions in their fleet, to supporting local associations helping victims of road accidents. Recently we have also launched initiatives in the UK and Italy that reward prudent and eco-friendly driving style.”
Florian Lacour, Arval Global Head of Insurance & Driver Safety
What we do to help our customers drive safer mobility
Advice and support
Arval Consulting helps you define the challenges and opportunities specific to your company's fleet, setting clear objectives and implementing hands-on action to successfully achieve them.
Driver assistance systems at your fingertips
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, ADAS, features like automatic emergency braking, lane-change and parking assistance are just some of the applications that can help you reduce road accidents. We help select vehicles that feature these technologies to help get a safer and more comfortable driving experience.
Identifying risky behaviour
With our Arval Connect package, it is possible to get access to a driving score feature, a valuable tool to objectively identify and measure risky behavior. Getting personalized advice for safer driving, measuring the impact of actions and tracking progress online, all in a secure environment, in compliance with general data protection regulations.
Taking your driver training to the next level
To improve driving in terms of safety and eco-awareness, we provide on-site theoretical and practical training and e-learning courses, in addition to carrying out awareness-raising activities on a regular basis, including safety challenges, so drivers can also get involved.
Rewarding good behaviour
We provide rewarding programmes to drivers and companies that are committed to safety and the environment. By encouraging vehicle drivers to adopt careful and eco-responsible behaviour, we are set to improving road safety for everyone.
What can be done to achieve Vision Zero
The Arval Mobility Observatory reviewed the current factors contributing to crash accidents across Europe, and what can be done to achieve Vision Zero, the European Union’s aim to reduce deaths on the road by half by the end of 2030 and to reach zero by 2050.
A key to understand road safety, is to recognize all the elements involved. Human behavior may result in the vast majority of casualties, but road safety is not about assigning blame. Furthermore, Vision Zero cannot be achieved by simply adding more driver assistance systems or implementing stricter penalties. Thinking systemically about road safety means understanding all contributors to it: human behavior, vehicles, infrastructure and the policy and regulatory ecosystem.
Eco-driving = Safe-driving
Safe and efficient mobility is what drives us, and we want to help our customers achieving it. Arval is sharing road safety messages to its customers and drivers on the principle of nudging on a regular basis. By linking the subject to CO2 fuel savings, Arval has launched a mini-series focusing on eco-driving habits.
Episode 1 | Defensive Driving by Arval
Safe and efficient mobility is what drives us and we want to help our customers on it.
We have a short message for all, and especially the most impatient of you, behind the wheel…
Episode 2 | Anticipate Stops by Arval
Want to know how to save 30% of your energy? Adopt eco-driving habits, anticipate stops.
Episode 3 | Switching off by Arval
Less idling, less emissions. Did you know that turning off your engine instead of idling for more than 10 seconds saves fuel or energy while reducing emissions?
Adopt eco-driving habits, switch off your car.
Driver Safety, A Global Commitment
Discover some of our local initiatives:
UK · As part of Road Safety Week 2022, Arval UK teamed up with Brake, the road safety charity, to raise awareness on key areas of road safety, including new changes to the Highway Code to protect people who walk and cycle on bikes. They also helped companies and their drivers understand how they can use roads safely to reduce accidents and protect the most vulnerable mobility users.
As electric cars and vans are now being used by businesses in large numbers, drivers need to adapt their driving know-how, especially regarding the enhanced safety features on board. To help inform company vehicle drivers, Arval UK has created an Electric Vehicle driver toolkit, supporting the development of safer driving techniques.
Ireland · To help people drive once again following an injury after a road accident , Greenval Insurance, an Irish company owned by Arval, sponsored an adapted vehicle to the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) in conjunction with National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), to provide driver training to road accident victims. Greenval Insurance DAC provides driving tuition to 100+ Drivers with disabilities per year. The majority of clients using this vehicle are actual hospital residents, who receive driving tuition during their hospital stay. This guarantees people to be able to get ready and drive when they return home.
Italy · In Italy, Arval launched a new service for Private Lease customers: Arval Driving Rewards. Powered by the telematics platform Arval Connect, this program provides a data based road risk analysis to Arval customers with a driving score, and rewards those who achieve a high score. Arval Driving Reward credits up to 120 euros every year for drivers reaching a 90% safety score or more. It also allows them to save money on fuel, and guarantees more safety and less emissions by promoting eco-driving practices. As of today, approximately 25% of Arval customers benefit from rewards on a monthly basis. Thanks to this program, they have experienced considerably fewer accidents than the rest of private lease customers (-77% liable accidents frequency during the first half of 2023).
Luxembourg · Arval Luxembourg donated 1,500€ to the nationwide Road Victims Association as a result of engaging its customers and drivers in completing its Net Promoting Score (NPS) Satisfaction Survey.
Poland – Arval Driving Academy
Training drivers on specific skills is also part of Arval’s offers. The training service in Poland helps customers decrease collisions in their fleet. As one of the customers testifies:
“Safety Driving Training, organized as part of the Arval Driving Academy, allows our fleet car users to learn about their strengths and weaknesses, which often turn out to be more than what they have expected before the training.
Additionally, training courses organized on users' cars are a unique opportunity to get to know more about your vehicles and their safety systems in optimal conditions, which later pays off when encountering difficult situations on the road.
From our perspective, as an employer, we appreciate the decrease in loss ratio, the increased awareness of eco-driving, and the significant improvement of our employees’ safety.”
Spain – Club Drive4Life ·
The Club4Life’s reason for existence is the promotion of road safety amongst Arval customers. Course materials and assessments on road safety are provided to the club members. They can measure their collision levels in each semester, so they can track their evolution and compare with their peer group. Club Drive4Life shares news, reports, events, results, all related to road safety with the aim of saving people’s lives.
Arval Spain has also been recognized for its commitment in integrating road safety as part of its engagement policies by the Regional Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Community of Madrid (IRSST). It received the highest score of five points, for the program of "Acknowledgment of Progress in Road Work Safety and its Preventive Integration" in collaboration with the Road Safety Foundation (FESVIAL).
Marina Parra Rudilla, Manager of the Regional Institute for Safety and Health at Work of the Community of Madrid, has delivered this recognition based on several key criteria:
- The implementation of road safety plans and training programs for employees,
- The definition of guidelines and protocols to assess and identify the safety features of vehicles before acquisition,
- The promotion of fleet safety with verification tools and preventive maintenance monitoring,
- The integration of safer and more flexible alternative mobility solutions into commuting practices.