Without consistent on-going driver training your employer becomes a prime target for negligent entrustment lawsuits.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been a huge fan of Frank Sinatra’s music. One of his big holiday hits is a song written by Sammy Cohn and Jule Styne called the Christmas Waltz. Having recently heard the song one of the themes, “It’s that time of year,” kept playing over and over in my head. While the song is a romantic offering of the Christmas season, these lyrics resonant with me for much more serious reasons.
Speeding continues to be a serious problem. It is a contributing factor in approximately one third of all fatal collisions. While speeding kills thousands on the highway, side roads have a fatality rate due to speeding almost three times that of interstates.
Each year Driving Dynamics trains thousands of drivers across North America through its one day, behind-the-wheel advanced safety courses. During the group discussions our instructors normally ask trainees to ‘raise their hand if they feel they’re above average drivers. Invariably, the vast majority do raise their hands backed up by comments such as: “You bet I am, I haven’t had an accident or a fender bender in over 20 years.” Hey. I know everything there is about driving correctly. As a matter of fact, I just taught my kid how to drive.”
Picture this scenario: You, an experienced driver, are traveling through the city at the posted speed-limit. You find yourself negotiating busy intersections, changing traffic patterns―then all of a sudden your phone rings. What is your next move? What would you do if your teen was in the car beside you?
Part four of Driving Dynamics' four-part blog series during our 90-day Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. See below for our free driver safety e-lesson offer for fleet professionals.
We all daydream occasionally; maybe a bit more than we realize. It’s fun, sometimes relaxing, and perhaps good for our mental health. But the truth be told; it can also have dangerous consequences if it happens while operating a vehicle.
Part three of Driving Dynamics' four-part blog series for our 90-day Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. See below for our free driver safety e-lesson offer.
As a fleet-based organization, it’s your duty to educate your drivers on how to cease dangerous driving activities and encourage them to practice safe driving every time they enter a vehicle.
Part two of Driving Dynamics' four-part blog series for our 90-day Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. See below for our free driver safety e-lesson offer.
By now most of us have read and seen media reports regarding the troubling crash statistics related to distracted driving influenced by smartphone use. What is it about this simple activity that causes a driver’s performance capabilities to diminish? For safety professionals, it’s important to understand the physiology of how taking calls and texting dramatically reduces the amount of information drivers can process to safely operate a vehicle.
Part one of Driving Dynamics' four-part blog series for our 90-day Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. See below for our free driver safety e-lesson offer.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To commemorate this annual campaign, let’s strive to reach an all-time high this month in the number of drivers distracted at any single moment.
Wait, Huh? What in the world?
The rear-end collision is the most common type of automobile crash. Almost 40% of the six million accidents that happen each year are rear-end collisions. Furthermore, almost 87% of the crashes were caused from drivers not paying adequate attention to the road.
My management team just finished the arduous task of producing next year’s business plan and budget. Time, effort, forward thinking, compromises and multiple revisions all played a role in accomplishing this yearly forecast. Each year, several key projects (think $$$s here) are identified, which we believe will bring value to our clients and the company as well. Of course, from my vantage point, one of the responsibilities I have is to challenge management on what the Return on Investment (ROI) will be for these new projects. From here we prioritize and decide which ones to pursue and implement in the coming year.
Big data is really here. The amount of details we can amass related to drivers’ activities behind-the-wheel is impressive and loaded with powerful, useful intelligence. However, organizations that have access to this may still face challenges achieving maximum results because a data-driven focus can have an unintentional consequence—To see the driver as a problem to be controlled rather than a resource to be leveraged.
In 2003 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the report, “What Do Traffic Crashes Cost? Total Cost to Employers by State and Industry,” which identified, among other vital statistics, the average cost employers incurred with each vehicle crash. Funded by NHTSA, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) released “Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers—2015™”an update to the 2003 report which should receive careful review by anyone involved in Fleet operations.
There is probably not a day that goes by when you see someone taking unnecessary driving risks. If you are like most individuals, this can make you quite uncomfortable—maybe even angry at times. Without a doubt, aggressive driving is a serious and growing problem. It is rude, often illegal, and always dangerous. Speeding, tailgating, frequent and sudden lane changes, failure to yield right-of-way and disregarding traffic signals—these aggressive behaviors are contributing factors in more than 50 percent of all collisions.
I had reached a certain age; grown the requisite over-sized waistline (I’m being kind to myself) and now sported a graying beard. Like tens of thousands before me sharing these similar traits, I purchased my first motorcycle. Go figure! And I have to say I’m enjoying the heck out of my weekend rides.
Boom! Bang! Crunch! Ouch! No— this is not the beginning of a 1960s Batman TV episode. However, it may just be the beginning of a real-life nightmare: One that every employer and their drivers hope never to experience. I am referring to an avoidable crash created as a result of an employee operating a vehicle for company business who has poor-to-no-qualifications to do so safely and responsibly. Unfortunately, this scenario plays out every day.
For those of you who do not know me too well, I am incredibly mighty and powerful. As a matter of fact, I can state unequivocally I can outperform most people simply with the use of one finger—no not that finger! I’m talking about the all-powerful index finger on my left hand.