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Is the use of seat belts a forgotten road safety priority?

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 10 February 2021 09:00:00 GMT

Despite all the safety technology coming into use these days it seems the attention of drivers has decreased on a more "basic" safety item that is still extremely effective: seat belts.

The first legal requirement to wear a seat belt in the front seats of vehicles came into effect in the UK in 1983 and by 1991, seat belt wearing was a legal requirement in all seating positions and wearing rates were higher than 90%. Amongst the road safety community there was a feeling this constituted a ‘job well done.’ But according to recent numbers, it seems we forgot it.

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Categories: distracted driving, dangerous driving, fleet safety

Mobile phone use behind the wheel: some eye-opening campaigns

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 03 February 2021 09:00:00 GMT

The use of mobile phone behind the wheel is one of the unfortunately many distracted driving habits that are contributing factors in many crashes that could unfortunately lead to injuries or to fatalities. The use of smartphones while driving is particularly dangerous as it does not only take away the driver's mind off the task of driving, but also implies a manual distraction (hands are not on the steering wheel) and a visual one (eyes are off the road).

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Categories: Fleet Management, distracted driving, fleet safety

Reducing distracted driving in your fleet: some strategies

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 27 January 2021 09:00:00 GMT

Distracted driving kills and injures every year thousands of people and professional drivers are not exempted from that. With the increasing pressure drivers suffered with the pandemic that has seen Covid-19 as an extra source of risk and distraction and with the global number of fatalies on the road caused by distraction increasing, some countries decided to strengthen measures against it. Now companies are following the example and are taking action to tackle distraction - here you have some steps you can actually take.

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Categories: Fleet Management, distracted driving, fleet safety

Stricter laws on mobile phone use behind the wheel coming in 2021

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 13 January 2021 09:00:00 GMT

Tighter laws around mobile phone use behind the wheel are set to come in this new year in different locations.

The UK DfT announced last year the intention of making mobile phone use illegal in all circumstances while driving, as it is now currently illegal only to receive calls and texts while driving, but no mention is made of taking pictures, playing games or browsing the web, as according to the current legislation these are not classified as "interactive communication". In the spring of 2021 changes are going to be made to tackle this legal loophole.

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Categories: distracted driving, News, Stats & Facts

Driver engagement key in improving driver wellbeing

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 09 December 2020 09:00:00 GMT

According to research carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), engaging with your drivers could be essential to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The seminar "Mental health and wellbeing: looking after your drivers", held by Rosie Sharp, behavioural sciences researcher at TRL at the Virtual Fleet And Mobility Live event, was giving best practice advice on how to create an environment that promotes mental health and infrastructure to deal with wellbeing issues. According to Sharp, giving feedback to drivers on critical points could help improve their mental health.

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Categories: Fleet Management, distracted driving, fleet safety

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