8 Essential Tips for safe summer driving

According to the   Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summer and fall are the most dangerous times of the year for drivers, with July and August being the deadliest.

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How to Drive Safely in an Unfamiliar Vehicle or Location

Are you aware of the precautions you should take to ensure a safe drive in an unfamiliar vehicle or location?

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Are Your Drivers Maintaining Proper Following Distance?

Every year, more than 400,000 trucks are involved in crashes. Of those collisions, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), about 20% are the direct result of the commercial vehicle driver following the car in front of them too closely. To break that down, that’s approximately 80,000 crashes that could have been avoided simply by maintaining a proper following distance.

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DOT Requirements and Regulations for CDL Truck Drivers

It takes a special set of skills to safely operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). In order to do so, drivers must obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) after being tested on both their skills and knowledge. Testing doesn’t end once a driver has successfully qualified for their license though. CDL truck drivers must adhere to a strict and comprehensive set of regulations to keep themselves and other drivers safe on the road.

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Who Is Subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?

When it comes to safety on the road, no one is watching more closely than the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, the FMCSA is responsible for regulating the country’s trucking industry and works to reduce the number of crashes that involve large trucks and buses. One way the department carries out that mission is through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, or FMCSR.

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5 Smith System Resources for Driver Trainers

As a certified trainer who teaches driving safety to other drivers in your company, you already have the best resource you can get: a Smith System certification and a strong working knowledge of how to deliver classroom and behind-the-wheel training. Smith System has many different educational tools and resources designed specifically to support The Smith5Keys® and assist you in teaching your drivers how to be safer behind the wheel.

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Three Types of Distracted Driving

Every five seconds, a vehicle crashes on a U.S. roadway, and every 12 minutes, someone dies as a result. Many of these crashes occur during the workday and on company time. It is an expensive problem for employers, who often foot the bill for the related injuries, repairs and premium increases. One of the biggest and most common contributors to roadway crashes is distracted driving. In 2019, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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The Top 10 Most Dangerous Highways in the U.S.

We drive them every day, but some highways are safer than others. Whether it’s because of a high speed limit, the volume of cars traveling it, or the condition of the road itself, some highways consistently have more crashes than others.

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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

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