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  • 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

  • Injuries account for a considerable percentage of health-related expenses. Safeguarding employees from automobiles crashes makes good sense for businesses; traffic crashes cost companies and employers billions of dollars in direct crash-related costs, such as medical care liability, lost productivity and property damage. Cost-conscious companies and employers would be smart to control costs by providing comprehensive driver safety programs, promoting safe driving practices through sound driver policy and enforcement, educating employees to the dangers of distracted driving, whether or not employees are on the clock. Safeguarding employees from motor vehicle crash injury can be a profitable investment of time and resources. Employers cost associated with motor vehicle crashes fall under two categories - health fringe benefit costs and non fringe benefits

  • In 2013, motor vehicle crashes killed more than 1,600 people and injured 293,000 while they were working. Over half of the injuries forced people to miss work. Overall, on-the-job crash injuries (fatal and non-fatal) amounted to about 7.6% of all crash injuries. Motor vehicle crashes on and off the job cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013. Nearly half of this cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers and their dependents. The remainder resulted from on-the-job crashes. The report also found that employer-paid medical costs per employee injured in a crash were nearly double in on-the-job crashes where the employee wasn't wearing a seat belt and were increased by a third for off-the-job crashes. "When people think of the human and

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