Poor Driver Behaviors Lead to Collisions

Nov 14, 2011
A new study by DriveCam shows that two of the most common causes of collisions by fleet drivers are drivers failing to maintain reasonable space around their vehicle and following too closely.

 

Drivers with companies in the distribution market involved in a collision were 4.68 times more likely to maintain less than a 1 second following distance. They were 2.93 times more likely to maintain less than 2 seconds of following distance. In addition, drivers involved in one or more collisions are 6.41 times more likely to fail to keep sufficient space around their vehicle.

Take a moment to review some basic rules of the road and help to avoid costly accidents:

  • Always leave at least 4 seconds of distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
  • Check blind spots before any lane changes
  • Engage turn signals 2-3 seconds before making turns or lane shifts
  • Do not spend time driving directly next to another vehicle; this reduces the chance to turn to avoid a collision

Simply paying greater attention to your surroundings can help to prevent accidents. Take care and keep your mind on your business, not repairs!

Photo courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker and re-used under the Creative Commons license.