Distracted driving is one of the biggest issues jeopardizing the safety of our roads. The statistics give us a clear picture of just how dangerous distracted driving can be:
- Fatal crashes increased 12% in 2021 compared to 2020, due in part to a spike in distracted and impaired driving.
- Distracted driving causes approximately nine deaths and 1,000 injuries per day in the U.S.
- More than 90% of crashes involve human error, meaning they’re 100% preventable.
The distractions fleet drivers face while out on the road are endless – cell phone use, eating, talking to a passenger, driving while fatigued or even simply reading street signs.
Did You Know? If a commercial driver is traveling 55 mph on the highway and takes their eyes off the road for just five seconds, it’s equivalent to driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed. And the consequences of doing so can be fatal.
Take Control of Your Company’s Driver Risk
Understanding the growing risk distracted driving presents to your company and developing a plan to prevent it can save you more than just money – it can save lives.
In our recent webinar, How Your Company Can Combat Distracted Driving, our experts discuss:
- The growing threat distracted driving presents to your fleet
- Key strategies you can implement to identify and intervene with distracted drivers
- How adjusting your safety policy can help protect your company
- Cost benefits associated with actively combating distracted driving
If you’re relying on annual MVR pulls and self-reporting policies for driver violations, you’re leaving massive blind spots in your visibility of the risk your drivers pose on both your brand and the communities your serve.
While technology is probably the biggest distraction that drivers face while out on the road, it can also be utilized as a means of combatting it. From continuously monitoring MVR alerts to assigning frequent online driver training, there are proven solutions out there that work together to mitigate driver risk. Companies can even leverage technology to predict the likelihood of a driver-involved crash within the next 12 months – and intervene before it occurs.
You can learn more about strategies for identifying and intervening with distracted drivers among your fleet by watching our webinar, How Your Company Can Combat Distracted Driving.