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Driver Safety Tips: Hands-Free Is Not Risk Free (Infographic)

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 27, 2019 4:39:52 PM

The #1 concern of Fleet Services is the safety of our clients. We strive to educate on the topic with our blog series, Driver Safety Tips, as well as providing convenient ways to contact our fleet professionals to answer any questions or concerns a driver may have. If a car does break down on the road, we provide 24/7/365 emergency roadside assistance. However, mechanical failures and environmental conditions are NOT the primary cause of car accidents. With smartphone technology constantly buzzing in every driver's pocket and tempting people with the concept of instant gratification, Fleet has recognized a need for advocates that teach & influence drivers to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Ending Distracted Driving

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 22, 2019 3:24:10 PM

Our world of instant gratification and hand-held technology makes it so that distractions are completely inevitable. Every web-page you visit has targeted advertising, every app on your phone tries to send you notifications more often than anyone needs them, and social media has transformed into something of a feigned competition to update all of your friends on everything from momentous events like the birth of your child to unnecessary minutiae, such as the photogenic tacos you ordered. In fact, you're likely bouncing back and forth between web browser tabs as we speak. Meanwhile, I forgot why I was writing this article in the first place because the Chess app on my phone informed me that it's my move.  

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

6 Tips For Sharing The Road With Big Rigs

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 21, 2019 2:00:25 PM

Semi-truck drivers have one of the hardest jobs in the country. Barreling down the freeways of America with trailers up to 70-feet long that weigh up to 80,000 pounds (40 tons), they have to contend with extra blind spots, a 55-foot turning radius, and it takes 40% longer to stop an 18-wheeler than the average passenger car.

The drivers of these big rigs are required to go through rigorous training, along with strict licensing and background-check procedures. However, collision rates between smaller vehicles and large semi-trucks are high in America.

One reason for the number of accidents is due to the large number of semi's on the road. At any given time, there are around 2 million semi's in operation throughout the fifty states. In the most congested corridors of our nation's highways, every fourth vehicle is a truck, and driving with them is a two-way street (literally and metaphorically). To trust in the responsibility of the semi's driver is important, as is knowing what you can do to stay safe around them. 

 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Learning In The Fast Lane: Advances In Telematics

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 30, 2019 12:57:11 PM

Before 1995, the dangers and logistics of driving a vehicle rested on the shoulders of those who gripped the wheel. We were largely on our own, spare some kids in the back pleading, "Are we there yet?", someone in the passenger seat trying to micro-manage your driving, and a sun-faded Atlas that was probably out-of-date.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driving While Drowsy

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 24, 2015 2:11:00 PM

What happens on that summer road trip after you run out of things to do? First, consider our 5 tips for enjoying your summer road trip, then consider what will happen when you get sleepy, because at some point you will get drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation notes, "1 out of 10 drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last year." Keep reading to learn more about how to stay safe on the road this summer.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

The Importance of Creating a Safe Driving Program

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 19, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Here at Fleet Services driver safety is our number one priority, and we know it’s your top priority too. So, it’s important for your company to create a safe driving program for your fleet. A safe driving program protects your employees as well as avoids any additional costs. Continue reading for our tips and links to help optimize your fleet safety program.

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

12th Annual Green Vehicles Workshop & Showcase Highlights

Posted by Sarah Huber on May 1, 2015 3:51:00 PM

 


 Vehicle technology is constantly evolving.  Alternative fuel sources, such as hybrid, diesel/ bio diesel, as well as electric powered, are becoming more cost effective for today's everyday commuter and for fleets of varying sizes.  These advances allow for reduced environmental impact.

 

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology

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