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Raising the Bar for Fleet Safety Even Higher in 2013

While the first-ever Fleet Safety Conference in 2012 set the bar pretty high with an impressive turnout and packed sessions, this year’s event promises to provide even more value for safety and fleet professionals.

March 2013, Automotive Fleet - Feature

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With billions of dollars’ worth of assets and the lives of employee drivers (and those they share the road with) on the line every day, safety must always be a top priority in fleet operations. For professionals ready to kick safety up a notch in their organizations, Bobit Business Media (BBM) will be starting off the summer with a lineup guaranteed to add value to fleets of all sizes and professionals, both seasoned and brand-new.

Now in its second year, BBM’s 2013 Fleet Safety Conference will be addressing the top safety issues impacting the industry. The only conference designed specifically for fleet and risk managers that offers targeted education on fleet safety, this year’s event is set for June 25-27, 2013, and will once again be located at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Maintaining the Momentum

For 2013, the Fleet Safety Conference agenda builds on the success of last year, with a strong lineup designed to target the needs of attendees and provide strategies to help improve safety.

Adding an extra day to provide even more value, the three-day conference starts at 4 p.m. on June 25. Attendees will have a chance to hear how Abbott, one of Automotive Fleet’s Top 300 Commercial Fleets, successfully implemented and developed a comprehensive set of global cell phone expectations in its organization. Abbott’s Joe McKillips CSP, manager of commercial program support, global environmental, health & safety, will present.

Distracted driving, a topic making headlines even more in recent years with the advancements in mobile technology, will be taking center stage on day two, June 26.

David Teater, senior director of transportation initiatives for the National Safety Council (NSC) will deliver a keynote on the impact of distracted driving on employee safety, productivity, and employer liability.

Following Teater’s keynote will be a general session on how to avoid violating federal and state law when conducting motor vehicle record checks, presented by Art Liggio, president of Driving Dynamics.

Day two’s concurrent morning session topics will include a workshop on conducting a fleet safety audit and an assessment of driving history in the pre-hire process. Attendees will also be able to hear from the editors of AF’s sister publication, Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT), which covers heavy-duty fleets and the over-the-road trucking industry.

The American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) will host a two-hour luncheon, where the winner of the 2013 Fleet Safety Award will be announced. AALA Executive Director Pam Sederholm will be the emcee.

In the afternoon, attendees can select from several concurrent sessions, with topics to choose from including technology to increase fleet safety, a case study on UC Davis’ safe vehicle backing program, tips for getting management engaged, and legal pitfalls to avoid when using telematics to monitor drivers. The day’s sessions will conclude with a general session presented by Vikas Jain of FleetRisk Advisors, who will highlight how one of the company’s clients has used predictive analytics to identify at-risk drivers. An evening reception with sponsors will follow.

Jack Hanley, executive director of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), will kick off the final day of the conference with a keynote speech on “Fleet Safety: Benchmarking, Collaboration, and Best Practices.”

Concurrent sessions for the final day will cover the business case for fleet safety, safety in personal use of company-provided vehicles, turning fleet safety policy into a strategic document, and the impact of IIHS revisions to 2014-2015 Top Safety Pick requirements. After lunch, the conference will close with a general session on leveraging internal partnerships for successful fleet safety programs.

For more details and updates, stay tuned to www.fleetsafetyconference.com.

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