Long Drives Decrease Safety

Aug 22, 2011


A new study by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind research center has shown that the longer a driver spends on the road, the more likely they are to exhibit unsafe driving behavior.. With many fleets making long drives as part of their everyday work, it is important to note that these behaviors can be costly and dangerous for you and your drivers.

On longer trips, drivers are more likely to get distracted and exceed the speed limit.  19 percent of drivers surveyed who take long commutes said they talk on the phone sometimes or very often. That’s compared to 17 percent for drivers with shorter commutes.

The long-haul commuters also believed that their extra time behind the wheel made them better drivers; 76 percent of drivers with long commutes rated their driving skills as above average, compared to 66 percent of other drivers.

If your business frequently makes long trips during everyday operations, your drivers may be at risk for the same overconfidence and complacency that contributes to tens of thousands of accidents every year. Make sure that your drivers know safety is a priority at all times and you’ll save money on accidents…and possibly their lives.

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