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Drive Safely Work Week


This September  the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety are sponsoring Drive Safely Work Week. Although it is about employee safety, don't forget to discuss this with your family and you might want to share this video with your teenagers. This year the theme is back to basics. Below are two videos and a link for a free tool kit.



10 Facts Employers Must Know 

  1. In 2005, 43,443 people were killed and 2,699,000 were injured in 6,159,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes. Daily that represents 17,000 reported crashes and 119 deaths.
  2. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all age groups from 3 to 33 years of age. Crashes are the 3rd leading cause of years of potential life lost for all ages combined.
  3. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S.
  4. A typical driver in the U.S. travels 12,000 to 15,000 miles annually and has a one in 15 chance of being involved in a motor vehicle collision each year. With most fleet drivers traveling 20,000 to 25,000 miles or more each year, they have a greater crash exposure.
  5. The most dangerous part of the day for any employee is the time they spend in their vehicle with a crash occurring every 5 seconds, property damage occurring every 7 seconds, an injury occurring every 10 seconds, and a motor vehicle fatality occurring every 12 minutes.
  6. Forty-one percent of the average vehicle miles traveled per household are from commuting to and from work (27%) and driving on work-related business (14%).
  7. In 2000, the economic cost of crashes to employers was $60 billion resulting in 3 million lost workdays. Two-thirds of the cost ($40 billion) was from on-the-job crashes while one-third ($20 billion) was from off-the-job crashes for employees and their benefit-eligible dependents.
  8. The average on-the-job crash costs an employer about $16,500 or just under $0.16 per mile driven. Crashes involving injuries cost substantially more — $504,408 for a fatal injury and $73,750 for a nonfatal injury.
  9. With over 90 percent of motor vehicle crashes caused by human error, employers with high roadway exposure are at risk for a serious crash resulting in a lawsuit against their organization. Damages awarded to plaintiff’s making negligence claims against companies are at an all time high, settlements of $1 million or more are not unusual.
  10. The development, implementation, enforcement, and monitoring of a strong driver safety program can protect an organization’s human and financial resources. Such a program allows an organization to be proactive in controlling crash risks and is the first line of defense against the potentially staggering costs from motor vehicle crashes involving employees. 

Back to Basics

This year’s campaign theme is Back to Basics—Your keys to safe driving. As auto makers continue to add technology and features to vehicles—some that enhance safety and others that may add distractions—many drivers are tempted to multi-task behind the wheel.

Many of us think we learned all the basics in driver training and that our years of experience have made us safe drivers. But according to NETS, even employees who drive as a part of their jobs receive continual training and information provided by their employers to help reinforce the fundamental skills needed to be a safe driver. Drive Safely Work Week is a way to share safe- driving information with all employees—whether we drive for work or as a commuter.  

The Drive Safely Work Week materials include some great activities to take home and share with your family members and friends. And, if you have teens who are or will soon be learning to drive, this year’s Back to Basics materials are ideal for use as you coach your new or up-and-coming drivers. 

NETS kicks off the week by re-emphasizing the importance of wearing a seat belt on every trip and providing you with ways to help get those you care about to buckle up as well. The remainder of the week will look at: Steering with a Clear Head—particularly avoiding driver fatigue, Driving Distraction-free and Parking and Backing Basics. The last day is called Fine-tune the Fundamentals and features tips and activities to help you avoid some of the most common types of crashes. You can download a free toolkit here.

Fatigued Driver Video


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