The National Safety Council (NSC) noted that, in 2017, the number of U.S. vehicle deaths topped 40,000, meaning traffic deaths remain a public health crisis. In light of this year's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we want to highlight some of the dangers of distracted driving and provide some tips around promoting safe driving for companies managing vehicle fleets.
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Since a substantial portion of your overall fleet expenditures goes towards fuel, you might think that with lower fuel prices, your fleet fuel spending would go down. But really, a large part of this expense is controlled by your drivers. Up to about 30% of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency is influenced by driver behavior. So any fuel savings from lower fuel prices can easily be undone by drivers’ bad habits. An ongoing awareness program for your drivers, focused on safety and sustainability, should result in better driving habits that net lower fuel consumption and costs.
Winter. It comes every year, and yet we tend to freeze up when first faced with the adverse driving conditions it brings. Black ice, blowing snow, and mechanical failures are some of the leading reasons behind the many winter-related accidents reported by businesses every year. This year, get ahead of the winter challenges your fleet faces. We’ve compiled a list of winter driving tips to share and discuss with your drivers to help keep everyone safe and warm throughout the season.
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) launched its 2016 Drive Safely Work Week campaign yesterday. Targeting company drivers and commuters, the week promotes safe-driving education and awareness. The campaign comes at a great time, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced that traffic fatalities increased 7.2% in 2015 over the previous year—which is the largest percentage increase in the last half century.
Fall tends to feel like a mild driving season; summer construction is starting to wrap up and the depths of winter are still at bay. But as the saying goes, safety never takes a holiday. Drivers must always be vigilant; even when—perhaps especially when—they feel like they can relax a little.
According to data from the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC), talking on a mobile phone while driving increases accident risk by four times. Texting while driving increases accident risk by between eight and 23 times. And although thousands die needlessly in phone-related crashes every year, many people still tolerate phone use at the wheel.
Snowpocalypse. Polar Vortex. Snowmageddon. Winter snow, ice and cold weather can be pretty scary, not to mention create adverse driving conditions and cause additional dangers on the roads. The time has come to prepare your fleet for safe winter driving. Be sure to prepare your fleet vehicles and get your employees together to cover safe driving best practices. This also makes for a perfect time to review your distracted driving policy.
Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) is an annual safety campaign organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), observed during the first week of October. Union Leasing is committed to promoting safe driving including preventing distracted driving. Distracted driving is an important issue and sometimes it takes a tragic, real world example to make us all understand the true danger involved, and to make a change.
Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW), an annual safety campaign organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), is officially observed during the first week of October. This year’s theme is “#PlanAhead - Your Key to Driving Safely” and focuses on the importance of thinking about your trip before getting behind the wheel. This means checking your fuel gauge the night before you have to be somewhere early in the morning, planning your route ahead of time, allowing extra time for potential weather delays, and more. Planning ahead is a key element of safe driving.
As it stands, 44 states have bans on text messaging while driving and 12 states ban any mobile phone use while driving at all. Some states have even gone as far as banning operating navigation devices while in a moving vehicle. It’s clear that this is an issue lawmakers are taking seriously. A look back at our blog about distracted driving safety statistics shows us why. Understanding the laws around distracted driving as well as your company's liability is the next step in ensuring you have a safe fleet on the road.