About 40% of motor vehicle accidents are work-related, which poses a significant risk to employees who drive for their jobs, according to a new report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.
Additionally, only 42.6% of companies currently mandate driver safety programs for employees in company-owned vehicle programs.
The "2018 Driver Safety Risk Report" — released by Motus, a vehicle management and reimbursement platform — paints a picture of rising accident frequency and mounting costs.
The overall number of traffic accidents and injuries remains at a record high. As the number of collisions increases, so do physical injuries to employees who drive for work. The report notes that since 2013, the annual number of motor vehicle-related injuries has risen by 6.2%.
Motor vehicle accidents cost employers over $56 billion in 2017, with 53% of vehicle accidents causing employees to miss work. According to the Motus research, 68% of companies reported recent on-the-job accidents in company-owned vehicles and 41% of companies reported recent on-the-job accidents in employee-owned vehicles.
Companies can reduce the accident rates for their employees by as much as 35% by expanding their driver risk management approach beyond basic Motor Vehicle Record (MPV) checks. Proactive steps to reducing accidents among a mobile workforce also include individualized training, safe driving policies, and the use of new safe driving technologies that prevent texting and driving along with other mobile device-driven distractions.
Texting while driving is one of the largest dangers for fleet drivers on the road and distracted driving crashes not only impact lives but a company's bottom line as referenced earlier.
New technologies like eBrake are becoming very attractive to fleets. Unlike other solutions in the market, eBrake cannot be "gamed" or simply "turned off" by a driver when driving. Here are a few eBrake features for fleets:
- Automatically locks device when motion is detected
- Unique Passenger Unlock Test for when a driver happens to be a passenger
- Driver cannot pretend to be a passenger and unlock device when driving
- Easily deployed through Mobile Device Management (MDM) platforms
- No hardware needed
- Cost effective
eBrake completely eliminates the temptation for a fleet driver to pick up and use his device - be it to text, check social media, watch video ... anything. Not only does this greatly reduce the chances of a distracted driving-related crash, it gives fleet owners peace of mind knowing their drivers (and brand) are safe.