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  • Review your driver policy

    The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate The National Road Safety Partner Program in Australia has released a report that outlines how and why to develop a policy for mobile phone use in motor vehicles. If you have yet to create a mobile phone policy, or if it's been a few years since you've taken a hard look at yours, this excellent report will have you thinking of everything you should be covering. The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate. It has not only permeated every facet of our lives – work, personal and social – but has brought them together into the one space. And because our mobiles are always within arm’s reach, they have

  • Transportation Safety Metric According to a new report titled North Dakota Statewide Traffic Safety Survey, 2016 - American drivers have room for improvement when compared with other developed countries around the world: ...One transportation safety metric, road traffic death rate, is higher than in other developed countries (World Health Organization 2016) (Figure 1.1). Progress has been made reducing the number of traffic-related deaths, but crashes resulting in fatalities, injuries, and property damage continue to take place because of preventable factors. These factors include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, and operating a vehicle without a safety belt, among others. The metric highlighted in Figure 1.1 suggests that more work is needed to improve driver behavior and overall safety

  • There's a hazard lurking on our highways and roads. One that causes over 100,000 accidents a year yet isn't rightfully acknowledged like well-known road hazards such as drunk driving and texting while driving. This hazard is drowsy driving - a problem that is avoidable under most circumstances. This article will examine drowsy driving, its dangers, whom it affects and how to prevent it. Sleep, much like eating, is governed by powerful internal drives and impulses that are deeply rooted in our biology. Just like people are unable to stave off hunger, they are unable to stave off the need to sleep. It is so strong that it is capable of overcoming just about any driver, regardless of age or driving

  • by Joe Zingale <joe.zingale@brightfleet.com> In all the years I have been involved in designing, delivering and implementing Commercial Vehicle Safety Programs and interacted with thousands of Safety Directors I have come to two conclusions: 1. Safety Directors truly care about their drivers safety always referring to them as my people, my team, etc. 2. They exercise stringent hiring criteria and never put a driver behind the wheel that doesn't meet that criteria or they feel would be an at risk driver. On the subject of Driver Training I have also come to two conclusions: 1. The training has to be engaging. The more the training captures a driver's attention the better the retention of the information. 2. The training needs

  • Review your driver policy

    When was the last time you reviewed your formal vehicle policy? Is it up to date considering new and developing federal, state and local regulations regarding distracted driving, cell-phone use, anti-idling regulations? Does it include policies that compliment your in-house safety, maintenance, and green-fleet initiatives? Are you sure your drivers understand it? If you don't yet have a written policy, or haven't reviewed your written policy recently, you may be putting your drivers and company at greater risk of fines, higher operating costs, or potential negligent entrustment lawsuits. A written vehicle policy is essential for any company that owns a fleet of vehicles that has drivers on the road, including those that are driving their own personal vehicles on company

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