Behind the Wheel at Work

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Behind the Wheel at Work is a quarterly eNewsletter bringing you the latest news from the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety.

Volume 6 Number 1 April 2021

Driver Training at Work

Why offer driving training? What kinds of training are required by law? How can effective coaching help employees make lasting improvements to their driving? Keep reading for answers to these questions and more.

Update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response

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The Basics

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Bottom Line: Driver training can help protect your employee drivers from crashes and injuries, but it is just one part of a comprehensive motor vehicle safety program.

Safety Tip
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Most safety experts recommend that in ideal weather conditions, you keep a minimum 3 seconds distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. At night and in bad weather, this distance needs to be increased to allow more time to slow down or stop.

Q&A with Driving Dynamics’ Tony Vinciguerra

Tony Vinciguerra

Tony Vinciguerra, COO of Driving Dynamics, has 30 years of experience serving customers in the fleet and safety industry. Learn more at www.drivingdynamics.comexternal icon.

New report from NETS – Cost of crashes in 2019

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has just released an updated report on the cost of motor vehicle crashes to employers. In 2018, crashes on and off the job cost U.S. employers an estimated $72.2 billion – an average of $751,382 for each fatality, $75,176 for each nonfatal injury, and $5,483 for each crash resulting in property damage only.

The new report breaks down the cost of crashes associated with unsafe driving behaviors: not wearing a seat belt, alcohol use, distracted driving, and speeding. It also provides cost estimates by state and by industry. The report is accompanied by an infographic that summarizes data from the report, and an updated cost-of-crashes calculator that was developed in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All these resources can help safety professionals calculate the costs of crashes in their own organizations and make the case for stronger company policies. They are available free of charge at UPDATED! Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers—2019 – Network of Employers for Traffic Safetyexternal icon.

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Page last reviewed: April 15, 2021