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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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Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com. How to Prevent 'UFOs' Inside Fleet Vehicles
Anything that is not properly stored in a vehicle has the danger of becoming a flying projectile during a harsh or sudden stop. Stay safe and know what dangers to watch for.
Konicki First-Ever Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement Award Presented
Kathy Konicki, the retired director of associate safety at Nationwide Insurance, was the recipient of the first-ever Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her promotion of fleet safety at Nationwide and throughout the industry.
Editor Mike Antich and AALA Executive Director Pam Sederholm (right) flank Fleet Safety Award winner Kristin O’Driscoll during a private ceremony on July 22. Photo by Chris Wolski. Baxter Healthcare Fleet Manager Lowered Accident Rate 22-Percent
Fleet Manager Kristin O'Driscoll, who oversees a fleet of 1,000 vehicles, received the 2014 Fleet Safety Award. Since 2012, the company has also lowered its injury rate significantly.
Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com. NHTSA Mandate Brings Rearview Cameras into View
Ahead of the 2018 deadline, fleet manager and end-user demand is bringing safety equipment to more models.
Illustration by Armie Bautista. Accident Management Costs Rise 6.2 Percent
From new materials to overall parts price increases, accident management costs are continuing a slow, but steady increase. Reducing preventable accidents is one way to make a direct impact on overall expenses.

Products

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LED Latch Kiekert AG, a manufacturer of automotive locking systems, has developed a LED latch to unite the safety and security issues of “locking systems” and “light” within one door latch. View more info
STL68 Combo LED Lamp The nine-inch oval combination LED stop, tail, turn and backup lamp easily mounts to the surface of a vehicle and at only half an inch thick, has the low profile of a through-hole-mounted lamp. View more info
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

Research and Best Practices

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Distracted Driving Whitepaper – Understanding Your Fleet’s Risk and Liability

This 14 page whitepaper examines the deadly practice of driving while using a mobile device and the impact such behavior can have on a fleet’s liability. It also addresses innovative solutions that are being developed in response to the growing problem.



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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DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH REVENUE IT TAKES TO OFFSET FLEET ACCIDENT COSTS?
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