Become a good driver, prevent accidents and save money for yourself or your fleet!
DID YOU KNOW? Good drivers save 12% on costs, whereas bad drivers cost an extra 13% on costs!
Influencing a culture of good driving behavior is essential for all fleet managers – the difference in whole life cycle costs between a fleet of good drivers compared to a fleet of bad drivers can be 25%. Data collected from Chevin’s customer base shows that the best drivers can reduce costs by more than 12%, but the worst drivers can increase costs by more than 13%.
An accident can be 36 times the cost of a basic repair, so ensuring you have a strategy to reduce the risk of accidents within your fleet must be a priority for all fleet managers.
Increased Cost & Accident Risk
A driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.10% is 7 times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash
A driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.15% is 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash
A driver is 3.6 times more likely to get into an accident when eating while driving
A driver is 6 times more likely to get into an accident when talking on a cell phone while driving
A driver is 24 times more likely to get into an accident when texting on a cell phone while driving
Tips to becoming a good driver
Speeding accounts for approximately 18% of all fatal and serious injury crashes on the road in the US
Reducing your speed can be the difference between life and death: a person struck by a vehicle at 30 KM/H will be injured, but is likely to survive, however a person who is struck by a vehicle travelling at 50 KM/H is much more likely to be killed
Increasing your speed from 70 KM/H to 80 KM/H increases the risk of crashing by 60%
Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind focused on driving
3,477 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015
391,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015
Don’t drink/use drugs & drive:
Of all fatally-injured drivers who were tested in 2015:.
43% had drugs in their system:
- 35% tested positive for marijuana
- 9% tested positive for amphetamines
- Over 50% tested positive for “other drugs”
37% had alcohol in their system
Only 20% tested negatively for substances
Always wear a seat belt:
Seat belts can reduce crash fatalities by 40 to 60%
An estimated 12,802 lives were saved by seat belts in 2014 in the US
It is a legal requirement to wear a seat belt in 49 of the 50 US states (New Hampshire is the only exception)
How Fleet Managers can improve their drivers’ performance
By storing all your driver information in one central location such as driver management software, telematics or both integrated together, you can combine details such as accident rates, age, driver license, sex, location, mileage, fuel economy and driver behavior to help identify risk and send alerts to drivers on their own performance.
Fuel can account for around 30% of a fleet’s running costs, so there are clear benefits to educate your employees to drive more economically.
Better informed, more confident drivers also help to reduce accidents, insurance and maintenance expenses; this can also enhance and promote your organization’s reputation and image, so don’t overlook the opportunity for fleet driver training.
The key to improving performance is measuring it – if you have a system in place that allows you to report on information, it can help you understand the causes and possible solutions.
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