431,000. That’s the number of people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The same year, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes related to distracted driving. The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of crashes involve cell phones (phone conversations or text messaging).
The Cost is High: Distracted Driving Policy and Employer Responsibilities
The cost of distracted driving for companies is high, considering potential costs related to injuries and liability. Therefore, employers are responsible for maintaining the safety of their workers, and setting up an effective distracted driving policy is part of this. But creating a policy document is not enough. It has to be followed up with education, monitoring, and enforcement.
In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Geotab has a compiled a list of our top blog posts on preventing distracted and dangerous driving. Fleet safety is key pillar of the Geotab fleet management solution. Telematics can support a company’s safety program and distracted driving policy with in-vehicle driver coaching, instant accident notification, and risk and safety reporting.
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Distracted Drivers: Road Rage & Texting While Driving
Strengthen your distracted driving policy by learning more about the causes and ways to prevent bad driving behavior. Lynsey Trolley discusses the top causes of distracted driving and road rage, and provides tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers.
Detecting Dangerous Driving Patterns
Alex Sukhov lists the three main types of data collected by the Geotab GO7 vehicle tracking device that can be used to determine dangerous driving. The Mobileye Advanced Collision Prevention System can help reduce accidents and related costs.
How to Prevent Dangerous Driving
Preventing dangerous driving is a common goal of fleet managers, business owners, and parents. Telematics can help improve driving behaviors with alerts, trip history, dashboards, and rules setting.
Let it Snow: Safe Winter Driving
Winter brings its own set of distractions for drivers. Even little things like adjusting heat settings or tuning the radio are types of distracted driving. In the seconds you take your eyes off the road, you could miss any number of other vehicles, or even pedestrians, crossing your path. Find out how to get prepared and stay safe in the snowy season.
5 Ways to Improve Your Driving
Read these quick tips for using MyGeotab to become a better driver. Check your fuel usage and speeding, and you may be surprised at what you find.
The Underestimated Dangers of Driver Fatigue
A driver safety and distracted driving policy should also address driver fatigue. 60% of adult drivers have admitted to driving while drowsy. Driver fatigue leads to thousands or crashes each year. Read Tori Denning’s article to learn more about this type of threat to driver safety.