June is National Safety Month and concentrates on reducing the leading causes of death at work, on the road, at home, and even in our communities. This year, the National Safety Council is emphasizing hazard recognition, slips, trips, falls, fatigue and impairment. Though Linxup is all about GPS tracking software and ensuring our consumers know where their vehicles and assets are 24/7, we love to highlight the importance of safety and how our products can help. Here are a few safety issues when it comes to driving and how to prevent them from happening.
Driving drowsy is one of the most dangerous things that can occur when behind the wheel. According to research cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 25 adult drivers report having fallen asleep while driving. In addition to this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that “drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013 alone. Those who are likely to be involved in incidents related to drowsy driving include:
- Commercial drivers who operate tractor trailers, busses, and tow trucks
- Drivers who don’t get enough sleep at night
- People who work long shifts or shifts late at night
If you fall into any of the above descriptions, it’s important to be mindful of yourself and how you’re feeling before getting into your vehicle. Don’t put yourself or others in danger and make sure you get an adequate amount of rest before hitting the road.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Safety is becoming a prominent issue within construction. Not only are there dangers when it comes to slips, trips, and falls at construction sites, but there are risks when operating equipment and even driving to and from job sites. According to a poll conducted by eSub, 71 percent of construction workers have reported being involved in an accident within the last year. Practicing the proper precautions when on the job and being aware of other construction workers on site will help to keep problems at bay.
There are countless ways of being impaired when driving. Common forms of impairment behind the wheel include distracted driving, use of drugs or alcohol, and driver fatigue. According to the CDC, 29 people in the United States die in a motor vehicle accident due to alcohol-impaired drivers every day. In addition to this, distracted driving is on the rise due to the increase of texting and driving. As described in our post, 3 Types of Distracted Driving and How to Avoid It, there are manual, visual, and cognitive distractions that can take place. Texting and driving fits under all three of these categories, making it the most dangerous form of distraction and it increases the risk of a crash by 23 times.
Make June all about improving safety precautions within your business and everyday life by bringing awareness to the above dangers. Whether your company operates utility vehicles, tractor trailers, or construction equipment, there are ways to implement safety into your daily activities. Telematics can help assist with ensuring where your drivers are, what times they are out and about between job sites, and how safe they are being on the road as well. Check out Linxup for more information on our GPS tracking products.