Crowded roads, distracted drivers, rising medical and repair costs. Now more than ever, car accidents can create a significant disruption to your business. The best way to control your expense is through an effective vehicle risk-management program.
Defensive driving assumes not everyone on the road is the best driver and accidents can and will happen. We instinctively know this, yet knowing how to avoid a collision that may be caused by someone else is as important as not causing one yourself. The best course of defense is a good offense, and periodically reminding drivers of common sense driving techniques helps elevate awareness and increase the likelihood of knowing how to respond to a surprising situation.
Driving defensively is important because:
- Rear-end collisions are the single most frequent accident type. (National Safety Council).
- 28% of all accidents are rear end collisions - NHTSA
- Private passenger vehicles suffer more fatalities than large trucks – not surprising. (IIHS)
- 94% of rear end collisions happen on straight roads and 75% are travelling less than 10 miles per hour. Every 17 seconds a rear-end collision is reported.
At Westfield, we understand that not all companies are the same—a policy for an electrical contractor may not work for a wholesale distributor. We have the safety resources to help you determine a proper vehicle management program to fit your needs, including best practices like: