Getting behind the wheel is the riskiest thing we all do every day. In some industries, driving is the leading cause of fatalities within the workplace. Understanding how using a telematics GPS system can help you drive more defensively, reduce risk and ultimately become a better driver is the first step towards safer roads.
According to the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 150 people are killed on the Fourth of July holiday. Almost two-thirds of those crashes are related to drunk driving. Don't be a statistic.
We worked with many professional in Fleet, Operations and Health & Safety to compile the following tips for how to approach your drivers on the topic of driving safety.
Motor vehicle related deaths are on the increase in the United States, with over 40,000 deaths per year and a 14% increase between 2014 and 2016 – the largest in 50 years. Costs are potentially catastrophic for businesses with associated average costs to employers of $128,000 for crashes resulting in injury and $4 million that result in death.
To mark the first week of National Safety Month here are 5 tips for
driving safety and preparedness:
The Internet of things (IoT) is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects using hardware with sensors which communicate and can be remotely monitored. - Wikipedia
Fleet GPS tracking and driving safety devices fall into IoT because they use hardware to capture and track driving behavior and locations, transmitting this information into a cloud-based portal where business can then monitor and run data analytics. So how does this apply to your small business?
"7% of all drivers at any given time are using their phones while driving. A NHTSA survey finds 660,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment." National Safety Council
Listen to our conversation with Lynelle Bautista of Cartasite about her experience outfitting her newly licensed teen driver son with a telematics system!
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Tired. Exhausted. Sleep-deprived. Burning the candle at both ends. Burnt out. For millions of adults, workplace fatigue is so commonplace that it’s more often viewed as an unpleasant, albeit unavoidable, symptom of managing a busy life rather than the dangerous liability it actually is. When driving is added into the equation, fatigued motorists can face a sharp uptick in on-the-road risk factors. Research shows that being awake for 17 hours has the same effect on your driving ability as a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.05 - or two alcoholic drinks in an hour. Driving after being awake for 24 hours increases this to a BAC of 0.1 - that’s more than 2 times over the legal limit.
It’s September, and for thousands of cities across the US, that means kids are back in school. Ask any parent what their primary concern is for their child, and they’ll probably tell you it’s their safety. The Transportation Research Board reports that 25,000 children are injured every year in school zone accidents, and 100 of those collisions end in fatalities.
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