How much did your fleet spend on winter weather incidents last year? Probably more than you’d like. The average cost of a single fleet vehicle crash is $70,000. When you factor in that icy pavement causes over 150,000 annual crashes, the numbers add up fast.
Winter is one of the most hazardous times of year to be on the road. Bad weather, stressful situations and fewer daylight hours push people to their limits – and your drivers are probably at risk. Consider the following:
- 70% of the U.S. population lives in places that get snow and ice in the winter
- 74% of all weather-related crashes are due to wet roads
- When driving on snowy or icy roads, it can take up to 10 times longer to stop
For new and experienced drivers alike, winter safety training is essential. What’s that old saying? Going fast is easy, it’s stopping that’s hard. Your fleet shouldn’t have to pay the price for driver negligence.
‘Tis the Season for Driver Injuries, Too
Slick roads aren’t the only thing drivers need to worry about. Here’s a little-known fact: drivers are more likely to slip and fall than have a collision. Slips, trips and falls are the second most common injury for drivers and the number one reason for worker’s comp claims.
On average, a driver who has a slip and fall injury will miss 12 days of work, and during the busy holiday shipping season, you need all hands on deck. That’s why it’s important to educate drivers how to avoid injuries in icy parking lots and slippery loading docks — in addition to avoiding hazards on the road.
Jumpstart Your Fleet’s Winter Safety Training
Do your drivers know how to avoid the most common winter driving hazards? A small investment in online safety training this winter can prevent the most common (and expensive) incidents.
SambaSafety’s Qorta University platform makes it easy to turn your drivers into winter safety experts. We offer short, effective online lessons on over 30 winter safety topics including:
- Avoiding Roadside Collisions
- Fatigue Management
- Installing Tire Chains
- Night Driving
- Rear-End Collision Avoidance
- Skid Control
- Winter Driving (with and without chains)
Not sure where to start with winter safety training? Download our free Winter Course Guide to ensure your winter safety plan training covers all the critical topics.