Ways to save fuel for your fleet

Fuel economy is all about getting more miles out of a gallon of gas. For fleets, using less fuel daily has several big benefits. It’s better for the environment — less gas means fewer harmful emissions — and it can save you a lot of money.

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Your drivers likely rely on GPS technology for planning delivery routes and locating customers’ addresses. However, did you realize that fleet telematics goes beyond route planning? It can play a crucial role in enhancing both driver safety and performance.

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For any company with drivers, whether navigating heavy-haul vehicles or company sedans, driver training stands as a cornerstone.

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The roads that crisscross our nation have long been the arteries of our daily lives, facilitating the movement of people and goods. However, recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) paints a bleak picture of the state of road safety in the United States. From 2020 to 2021, the country experienced a staggering 16 percent increase in the number of crashes, reaching over six million incidents, translating to approximately 16,500 wrecks each day. The most harrowing statistic, however, is the surge in fatalities, with 42,939 Americans losing their lives in car crashes in 2021 – the highest toll in a decade and a half. Read the full NY Times article here. 

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Driver safety is critical to the overall success of your business. Ensuring driver safety is not just a legal obligation; it's a strategic imperative for the success of any business. When on-the-job crashes occur, it's the employer who bears the ultimate cost. Establishing a robust safety culture is the foundational step toward enhancing driver performance, and efficiency, and safeguarding the company against potential legal challenges.

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Safeguarding your Drive: Five ways to safely manage technology on the road

Advancements in the automotive industry persistently aim to enhance the driving experience. Safety-focused technologies such as backup cameras, lane departure warnings, and obstacle detection systems provide drivers with valuable tools to prevent accidents and collisions. However, the flip side of this technological progress is the potential for distraction, as smartphones and infotainment systems demand our attention and divert focus from the road.

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Night Driving Tips: How to Stay Safe While Driving After Dark

Driving at night poses unique risks, from reduced visibility to heightened fatigue, making it crucial for all road users to equip themselves with the knowledge to stay safe. This requires us to think about our readiness before getting behind the wheel and prepare to encounter uncertain and unpredictable conditions on the road after dark.

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Empowering Drivers: Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking

Unmasking the "Invisible Crime": Understanding Human Trafficking and How to Spot and Report It. Human trafficking encompasses the illicit activities of buying, selling, harboring, and transporting individuals for forced labor (involuntary servitude) or sexual slavery. Victims remain concealed in plain sight, but with awareness of the signs, we can collectively aid authorities in combating this abhorrent crime.

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Global Road Safety
Global Road Safety

Welcome to Global Road Safety, a podcast exploring the issues, trends, and innovations in driver safety worldwide. More than 2.5 million people are involved in crashes each year, a number that continues to rise as drivers become more distracted behind the wheel.

Featuring interviews with safety experts and leaders, Global Road Safety is an initiative to reduce crashes and save lives — across every continent. The Global Road Safety podcast is produced by Smith System, the leader in advanced driver safety training.

For more information, visit http://www.drivedifferent.com

Improving Road & Rail Safety in Ghana with Eric Nyame-Baafi
byTony Douglas, Nate Hansen, Eric Nyame-Baafi

There’s a real need to improve road safety in Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, says Eric Nyame-Baafi, a road safety consultant for the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety in Ghana. 

“A total of 650 people die on African roads every day. A child in Africa is twice as likely to die on the road as a child in any other part of the world.”

In this latest episode of Global Road Safety, Eric discusses Ghana’s initiatives to improve railway and road safety:

“The Government of Ghana is keen in rehabilitating existing railway lines in order for some of the traffic on the road to shift to rail and in doing that is going to reduce the number of accidents,”

And explains why public education is badly needed to improve driver behavior and road safety in Ghana:

“Even though drivers recognize the need for Road Safety Education, I think the education has to be geared towards changing the behavior patterns, I mean, in terms of speeding, and in terms of drunk driving.”

Improving road safety in Ghana would improve the lives of millions of people; and that means focusing on engineering, enforcement and education. To find out more, download and listen to Eric on this latest episode now. 

On today’s podcast:

  • How Ghana’s government is shifting traffic from road to rail
  • Why Ghana plans to establish a transportation regulatory body
  • Initiatives to improve driver skills
  • Why improving road safety will improve the lives of millions
Improving Road & Rail Safety in Ghana with Eric Nyame-Baafi
Road Safety Progress in Emerging Markets – Pakistan with Dr Muhammed Navid Tahir
How Technology Can Help Tackle Driver Distraction with Paul Ripley & Ted Chen
The Latest Research on Drugged Driving with Dr. Timothy Brown
Improving Road Safety with Retired NTSB Chairman, Robert Sumwalt
The Eyes Have It: Visual Skills and Driving Safety with Dr. Sherylle Calder & Andrew Crickmay
Introducing Global Road Safety