When a driver gets behind a wheel, they take responsibility for controlling a machine that weighs two tons and can easily cover a distance of more than 80 feet in one second. Operating a car must be taken seriously. Driver fatigue, unsafe driving speeds and distracted driving are three of the biggest culprits of unnecessary vehicle-related fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says nearly 6,000 people died and more than 500,000 were injured in 2008 crashes involving a distracted driver.
Both hands on the wheel, please!
In a business climate with people always on the go and with an emphasis on productivity, employees may feel the urge to talk, text and e-mail while driving. However, what employees may not realize is that doing business while behind the wheel is not only illegal in several states, but also extremely dangerous.
To help avoid accidents, keep employees safe and reduce employer liability, business owners should institute a policy that does not allow the use of hand-held devices while driving.
I’m not tired, my eyes are just heavy!
Almost every driver has experienced feelings of grogginess while driving. Tired drivers should find a safe place to stop the vehicle and rest. Getting some fresh air, walking around a bit and drinking a caffeinated beverage are other helpful ways to energize a drowsy driver.
I feel the need, the need for speed!
Although speed limits are higher on highways, the vast majority of speeding-related fatalities happen on roads other than interstate highways. In fact, NHTSA’s 2006 fatalities shows that 47% of speed-related fatalities occurred on roads with speed limits of 50 mph or less.
The U.S. DOT recommends drivers reduce their speed by one-third on wet roads and by half on snow-packed roads. Highway construction zones also present a deadly hazard for workers, motorists and pedestrians. As a rule of thumb, drivers should keep in mind that the posted speed limit does not always indicated the safest traveling speed.
Information from The Workforce Forum and Accident Fund