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