Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do every day.
In our webinar, The Fundamentals of Defensive Driving, we dive into the key statistics highlighting how dangerous the roadways are becoming – and the evidence is alarming. From 2011 to 2020, over 350,000 people died in a vehicle-related crash, with deaths increasing by 7% in 2020 and another 18% in 2021. These trends continue to grow in 2022.
When we dig into the causes of these alarming statistics, the answer is clear. 94% of crashes are due to human behavior. Poor driving habits have been on the rise since 2019, including speeding, alcohol-impaired driving, unrestrained passengers and inattentive driving.
How Do These Startling Driver Trends Affect Companies?
Crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths and the first or second leading cause of death in every. major. industry group. ALL workers are at risk of crashes, whether they drive light or heavy-duty vehicles, or if driving is their main or incidental job duty.
Beyond the risk to worker safety, crashes are also extremely costly for businesses. Work-related crashes cost employers a whopping $39 billion in 2019 alone.
In our webinar, our experts discuss the growing threat nuclear verdicts present for companies who employ drivers. One in two personal injury lawsuits involve auto accidents, and three to five of personal injury lawsuits are won by the plaintiff. The average verdict size increased 1,000% from 2010 to 2018, rising from $2.3 million to $22.3 million.
Establish a Fleet of Defensive Drivers
With the increased risk and high costs associated with having employees behind the wheel, it’s more important than ever for companies to prioritize and train their team to drive defensively at all times. In doing so, they can protect their most valuable asset – their team members – as well their brand and bottom line.
Defensive driving is the practice of anticipating dangerous situations to minimize risk and avoid crashes, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others while operating a motor vehicle.
There are seven fundamentals of defensive driving:
- Effective Communication
- Fatigue Management
- Evaluating Space
- Navigating Hazards
- Speed Management
- Essential Planning
In our webinar, we break down each of these seven components, as well as effective strategies your company can implement to successfully reinforce them. With these tactics, you can ensure your workers keep driver safety top-of-mind each and every time they get behind the wheel – better protecting both themselves and the communities that they serve.
Discover more about how your company can combat the growing driver risk and establish a fleet of defensive drivers by watching our webinar, The Fundamentals of Defensive Driving.