Work Safe

Defensive Driving

Speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal traffic crashes and accounts for $40.4 billion in economic damages per year. And, of these crashes, the majority occur during regular working hours as people travel to and from their place of employment.

When drivers speed, their ability to maneuver the vehicle safely decreases, especially around curves and objects, and in bad weather conditions. Speeding extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation. Add alcohol impairment to this scenario, and the likelihood of a crash increases even further.

Tips for smart, controlled driving
Take time to educate your employees on how speeding can contribute and compound traffic accidents. Communicate the importance of following the speed limit, rather than attempting to shave a few minutes off of total drive time. Encourage employees to follow simple, but effective, tips like these for smart, controlled driving:

  • Be attentive
  • Concentrate on the road, other cars and conditions
  • Reduce speed in construction zones
  • Never tailgate—maintain at least a 3-second gap when following others

Source: Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes, OSHA, NHTSA, NETS

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

Missouri Employers Mutual
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • linkedin
  • rss
  • youtube

©  Missouri Employers Mutual All rights reserved.

©  The WorkSAFE Center All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions | Media

Missouri Employers Mutual provides services for Previsor Insurance