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More than half of company car drivers are putting lives at risk by not taking essential breaks on long journeys, a survey claims.

Nearly two in three also fail to check tyre pressures and 10 per cent never check oil levels, the survey from vehicle management company Lease Plan also found.

It added that 52 per cent of company car drivers covering long distances on a regular basis did not stop for breaks as they should do every two hours.

"Statistics show that 25 per cent of all motorway accidents are fatigue- related, showing that it is critical for even the most experienced drivers to stop for a break during long journeys," said Lease Plan commercial director Steve Dunn.

"Company car drivers are typically high mileage drivers and consequently more likely to be involved in an accident. Therefore, attention to safety and maintenance is absolutely necessary."