Safety on the Road

​Stay safe on the roads

​Driving is a privilege and comes with a shared responsibility of safety on our nation’s roadways. In 2011 alone, motor vehicle crashes claimed more than 35,000 lives.

What are the leading concerns? According to Injury Facts® 2014, the Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road include:

  • Alcohol (30.8%)
  • Speeding (30%)
  • Distracted driving (26%)

Paving the way to safer roads

​​With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.

Learn why distracted driving, regardless if it’s hands-free or handheld, is a dangerous threat to roadway safety.

multitaskingEducating teen drivers

​For teens just learning to drive, car crashes are the #1 cause of death—mostly due to inexperience. Graduated Driver Licensing systems are proven to reduce crashes involving teen drivers by as much as 40%, minimizing common risks such as passenger distraction, nighttime driving and cell phone use.

Find more resources to help keep teen drivers safe.

Employers are taking action

Millions of people drive as part of their jobs.  Some are professionally-trained drivers, many are not.  Some drive their own vehicles, others drive company-supplied vehicles.  If their job is not primarily driving, they often do not receive the same kinds of safety management or engagement in driving safety that others may get.   Regardless of the person’s work, or how much driving is part of the job, employers need to manage the safety of their employees on the roads, just as they manage other risks in their workplaces.

Start with an understanding of keeping employees safe. We call it the Journey to Safety Excellence. It incorporates leadership and employee engagement, risk management, safety management systems and measurement.

Off-the-job crashes account for 80% of employer crash-related health benefit costs, and half of crash-related injuries cause employees to miss work. According to Injury Facts, the average economic cost due to a crash was more than $1 million per death, and more than $78,000 per nonfatal disabling injury.  Employers pay significant costs associated with off-the-job crashes, including decreases in employee, health and well-being, and productivity, and increases in lost time from work and insurance costs.

To prevent motor vehicle crashes involving their employees on and off-the-job, employers should:

  • Apply the principles of the Journey to Safety Excellence to employees behind the wheel – on and off the job.
  • Engage company leaders and employees to understand the risks employees face while driving, take actions to address the risks and implement measures to track progress.
  • Encourage safe driving on and off the job by offering training, including defensive driving courses and other training specific to the risks faced.
  • Offer Employer Assistance Programs for employees who might have problems with alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs.
  • Enact a corporate cell phone policy to prevent all cell phone use behind the wheel.
  • Enact a policy that requires employees to wear seatbelts.
  • Ask NSC consultants for expert counsel and advice in assessing your organization’s road safety systems, and for help in designing and executing an entire program or some part of it.

Source National Safety Council