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Automobiles were responsible for 40,000 deaths in 2017*.
When employees and company vehicles are on the job, business owners need to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from risk… or worse.

*Stat from brief. Need official source.

Learn what you can do to ensure your company is navigating its way towards a safer fleet.

UNDERSTANDING RISK

You may face great risk if your employees drive.

Your company is at risk whenever your employees are on the road.

HERE'S WHY

  • If your employees drive on behalf of your company, they can be liable for:
    • vehicle accidents
    • damaged equipment
    • increased operating costs
    • harming your organization’s reputation
    • diminished employee morale
…not to mention serious injury.
  • Risk goes much further than your owned vehicles. If employees, contractors or volunteers are acting on behalf of your company and operate vehicles that you don’t own, they’re creating hidden risks if not managed effectively.

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 source of workplace fatalities

Source: National Safety Council, 2017 Injury Facts

Driver Management

Safe drivers are the key to your fleet’s safety.

Select and manage drivers carefully. They’re the most important part of a fleet safety program.

HERE'S WHAT TO DO

  • Have a formal hiring process that sets high standards for past driving experience and a safe driving record. Verify these qualifications with:
    • road tests
    • contacting past employers
    • reviewing motor vehicle records
  • Monitor each driver’s safety record and provide feedback aimed at reinforcing safe driving performance.
  • Have a formal program to address unsafe driving behaviors.

94% of crashes are the result of driver error

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, February 2014 Traffic Safety Facts

VEHICLES AND TECHNOLOGY

Keep your fleet safe.

The right vehicle and technology can help your driver on the road and help you manage your operation.

HERE'S HOW

  • Use technology like lane departure warnings and back-up cameras to make your vehicles safe to drive.
  • Consider investments in collision avoidance technologies such as automatic emergency breaking.
  • Telematics technology can help track your vehicles while providing insight on driving behaviors that can be used to coach safer performance.
  • Security procedures, securement devices, and remote tracking technology can help you protect your vehicles and cargo.
  • Reduce the risk of a total fleet loss by not storing large numbers of vehicles together where they are vulnerable to fires, storms or floods.

50% average reduction in “unsafe events” when telematics systems are used to provide drivers effective feedback and coaching.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2014 study

SAFE DRIVING

Safe driving is no accident.

A safety training program can help ensure that your drivers are skilled, knowledgeable and prepared to help avoid crashes.

HERE'S WHY

  • Without effective training, some drivers may not understand your organization’s vehicle safety policies, procedures or safe driving techniques.
  • Have a safety training program to educate all employees who operate vehicles on your organization’s behalf.
  • Provide annual training for current employees who drive and when employees are involved in preventable crashes.

47% of multi-vehicle crashes are rear-end collisions involving speeding, tailgating, distraction, and other bad driving habits.

Source: National Safety Council 2017 Injury Facts

MANAGING ACCIDENTS

Be prepared.

Vehicle accidents can occur despite your organization’s best efforts to avoid them.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Make sure employees are prepared to handle vehicle accidents by:
    • knowing what to do at the scene
    • collecting the right info
    • taking pictures and quickly reporting accidents
  • Reduce claim costs and improve the outcome of the claim by making an effort to manage accidents effectively.
  • Investigate accidents to determine the root causes. Use this knowledge to educate employees and hopefully help avoid future accidents.
  • Establish a safety committee to help determine accident preventability and what corrective action procedures are appropriate.

The average driver is involved in a vehicle crash every ____years.

Source: Travelers--TBD