How Drivers Can Recognize and Report Human Trafficking

Human trafficking has been called an "invisible crime." It refers to buying, selling, harboring, and often transporting human beings for forced labor (involuntary servitude) or sexual slavery. Victims are hidden in plain sight all around us, and if we know the signs to look out for, we can all help the authorities work against this heinous crime. 

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5 Ways To Use ELearning to Improve Driver Safety

Behind-the-wheel trainingis always going to provide the most advantages when it comes to transforming driver behavior, reducing crashes, and saving lives. However, there are times when eLearning, through online coursesand video training, makes more sense.

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The Importance of Routine Follow-Up Training for Your Drivers

Driver training is essential for every company that has drivers, whether they’re driving a heavy-haul vehicle or one of the sedans in the company fleet. The most successful driver training program starts with behind-the-wheel training where driving behaviors can be identified, examined, and reinforced. While thorough behind-the-wheel training is a great place to start, it’s just that: a starting point. 

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How to Navigate Winter Road Conditions Safely

Most drivers are affected by winter weather. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 70% of the roads in the U.S. are located in regions that receive more than five inches of snow each year. That has serious implications; every year, more than 1,300 people are killed in car crashes involving snowy, icy or slushy roads. Another 116,800 are injured as a result of these winter hazards. 

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The Dangers of Over-Reliance on Technology in Extreme Weather

Driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and technological innovations mean that new vehicles are safer than ever before. Features like automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control "hold the potential to reduce traffic crashes and save thousands of lives each year," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Delivery Truck Driver Safety Tips

Today’s world depends on delivery truck drivers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1.5 million drivers are hitting the road daily to make deliveries. For driver safety managers and professionals, making sure that these deliveries are made without incident is always top of mind, but delivery drivers face various challenges. In fact, the BLS reported that delivery workers and truck drivers experienced the highest number of fatal on-the-job accidents in 2016, with nearly 1,000 drivers losing their lives. The cause of the fatalities was “transportation incidents,” or crashes with other vehicles, objects, or pedestrians.

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How to Manage Driver Safety Training During the Holiday Season

Winter brings several different challenges for drivers, from fewer hours of daylight to unpredictable weather patterns. That makes it a great time to instill drivers with safety tips and refresher driver training programs.

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7 Tips For Overcoming Driving Anxiety After A Crash

If you are in a crash, it’s normal to experience anxiety about driving again. For people who experience driving anxiety, sitting in the driver’s seat can cause several unpleasant symptoms, such as an elevated heartbeat, sweating, or even a full-blown panic attack. These symptoms can be highly disruptive, especially if driving is part of everyday life, for example, commuting to work and family needs. 

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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