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Many accidents can be avoided if your fleet operators are equipped with critical driver safety tactics. The following articles on best practices, risk management product information and case studies are valuable resources to help you refine your own safety program.

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Source: AF Research Department Twenty-One Year Fleet Outsourcing Analysis
Information analyzed includes how fleets are funding their vehicles, what administrative services are outsourced, safety- and accident-related services that are being outsourced, and what responsibilities today's fleet managers have in addition to fleet management.
Photo courtesy of UPS. Safety Goes Virtual at UPS
To create a simulated environment, UPS turned to Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI). The resulting portable system gives UPS drivers the ability to virtually learn how to handle highly volatile and dangerous driving situations.
Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com. Age vs. Experience vs. Distractions
According to 2012 statistics from fleet safety company Fleet Response, drivers aged 26-35 and 46-54 are neck and neck (24.4 percent versus 24.1 percent) when it comes to the percentage of those involved in accidents.
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com. Tire Safety Myths and Tips
Whether it's the middle of a historic winter blizzard or a scorching, sticky summer day, properly maintained tires keep vehicles on the road and running safely. In addition to the high number of tips out there to help keep the rubber on the road, there are also some myths that can get drivers in a heap of trouble if they are blindly followed.
Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com. Strategies to Manage Fleet Violations
Parking tickets, toll violations, and red-light camera infractions are often seen as the cost of doing business. And, these costs are on the rise.

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PH4 In-Vehicle Camera System Planet Halo, Inc. introduces its PH4 in-vehicle surveillance system that can capture high-resolution recordings of activity in a vehicle. F View more info
Elgin rear view camera Mobile Camera System ELGIN, IL - The multi-camera system, which includes both mirror and rear-view camera kits, provides sweeper operators with expanded visibility to the main and side brooms - as well as to the rear of the sweeper - for improved performance. View more info
Reda Lock Guard Reda Lock Guard CHICAGO - Invented by a tradesman who was tired of constantly being locked out of his work van, the Universal Reda Lock Guard is made to fit all round "hockey puck" locks on the market. View more info
Weather Guard Model 127 Saddle Box Saddle Box Model 127 CRYSTAL LAKE, IL - ­ WEATHER GUARD Products flagship saddle box, Model 127, got a recent upgrade. EXTREME PROTECTION, exclusive to WEATHER GUARD, is a tamper-resistant locking system that discourages theft and protects against break-ins, whether at the work site or overnight. View more info
BOLT Series of Locks The new BOLT (Breakthrough One-key Lock Technology) Series of locks incorporate a patented, automotive-style cylinder that enables users to insert their car or truck key, turn once, and program the lock to that key. View more info

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Driver Care Safety Articles

Don't Drive "Intexticated"
August 5, 2011 was a bright and sunny day in Grey Summit, Missouri. Two busloads of high school band members were on Interstate 44, on their way to the band's annual trip to a regional amusement park. Ahead of them was a 19-year-old man driving a silver pickup truck, who was behind a truck tractor without a trailer that was slowing down because of highway construction...
When Vehicles Block Your View
Tips on seeing around and through trucks, SUVs and sedans. Vision provides 85 to 90 percent of the information you need to be a safe driver, so having your view blocked by a large or tall vehicle is one of the biggest frustrations a driver can have. Now that there are so many more SUVs and pickup trucks on the road, it's an increasingly common problem.
When Vehicles Block Your View
Tips on seeing around and through trucks, SUVs and sedans. Vision provides 85 to 90 percent of the information you need to be a safe driver, so having your view blocked by a large or tall vehicle is one of the biggest frustrations a driver can have. Now that there are so many more SUVs and pickup trucks on the road, it's an increasingly common problem.
Backing Up is Hard to Do
We can make light of them, but the sad fact, is that backing accidents are annoyingly common, and fatalities are not unknown. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) estimates there are 500,000 backing accidents in the U.S. every year, resulting in more than 50,000 injuries and nearly 200 fatalities. Even when no one’s injured, repairs can be expensive and keep you off the road.
Three Myths About Passing
What you believe may be wrong. Almost everybody knows the basic laws and safety rules of passing: watch out for oncoming traffic, don’t cross double yellow lines, and don’t cut in front of the vehicle you just passed.
How Speeding Affects Accident Impact
Researchers at Purdue University say the majority of drivers have no problem going 5, 10 or even 20 mph over the speed limit and see no risk doing so.
Know Your Stopping Distance!
What a one-second advantage can mean to you. Everybody wants the gift of more time, but how valuable could just one measly, crummy second be to you? When it comes to using your brakes on the highway, it could mean – well, a whole lot more than you might imagine.
Walkers Don't Wear Airbags
Take extra precautions for people on a stroll. Springtime brings more than flowers, singing birds and warmer weather. It also brings out more pedestrians -- walkers, joggers and kids playing outdoors – and so more occasions to challenge drivers’ safety sense.
Beyond 'Click It or Ticket'
Don’t forget the real reasons for buckling up. More people than ever are using their seatbelts, so it’s safe to say that the memorable advertising slogan “Click It or Ticket” is working. But don’t let the slogan’s success overshadow the real reasons for wearing your seatbelt.
Directions for Disaster
Using navigation systems with due caution. Global Positioning System navigation devices – “GPS” for short -- may well be one of the greatest automotive inventions since the internal combustion engine, but drivers be warned: they’re not infallible and can even contribute to a collision if you don’t use them with care.

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