Risky drivers compound bad behavior


Drivers who engage in risky behavior are often found engaging in other risky behaviors involving distracted driving at the same time, according to new data released by a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, and safety solutions for fleets in the US.


While snacking behind the wheel may not seem serious it is, however, a form of distracted driving.  Such drivers also tend to drive without using seat belts  or follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. The company found that 23% of all its scored events included a driver engaging in multiple potentially risky behaviors.


The company, which has more than 100 billion miles of driving data and 100 000 risky driving events captured by video every day, released new information about commercial driving and distracted driving.


Other findings include:

  • While 65% of all cell phone use was hands-free in 2018, up from 27% in 2016, it was also found that there was a 13% increase in the overall volume of risky driving behavior involving handheld cell phones during the same time frame.
  • The company found a 10% increase in the overall volume of events in which drivers using hands-free devices engaged in one or more other potentially risky distracted driving as well, such as eating, drinking, smoking, or using another device.
  • This combination of distractions magnifies risk. A multi-tasking driver engaged in multiple potentially risky distracting behaviors has a 100% increase in risk over a driver engaged in one potentially risky, distracting behavior.
  • Driver cell phone use occurs most frequently at 65 mph (108 kph).
  • In commercial vehicle fleets, distraction (related to cell phone use, eating, or general inattention) is the second leading driver-related cause of fatal truck crashes.


Identifying the underlying causes of risky behaviors and addressing the dangers of multi-tasking are crucial first steps to training safer drivers according to the experts.


In the SA context the challenges are amplified because of other factors such as fatigue and ill health. Combine that with the aforementioned indicators the need for continued attention to driver safety becomes of critical importance.


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