NTSB Posts ‘Most Wanted List’ For Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a new list of of areas they want to focus on to increase transportation safety.  They’ve targeted 10 different areas to crack down on including Safety Management Systems, Bus Occupant Safety, Teen Driver Safety, Recorders, Driver Fatigue, and more.   You can click here to read the entire list.

One startling statistic revealed was that car crashes account for more deaths among teens than anything else, killing an average of 8 teenagers every single day.  That’s more deaths than cancer, gun violence, or drugs among the teenage age group.  It’s clear why the NTSB wants to crack down on this issue, and parents should do the same.  Teen tracking still appears to be the most effective method to hold young drivers accountable and keep them safe.

For over three decades, the NTSB has been pushing businesses to implement effective Safety Management Systems.  The reason behind this is simple, year after year accidents occur which are proven to be prevented by Safety Management Systems.  With the aide of modern technology, Fleet Safety and Training has become increasingly easier and cheaper to implement into any sized business.  Considering the potential to prevent injuries and deaths, it’s good to see the NTSB furthering their campaign to mandate Safety Management Systems.

Safety Track’s Safety Tip of the Week

Its snow season again in many parts of the country, so now is a good time to revisit tips for driving in the snow. Here’s some advice culled from the Colorado Driver Handbook. You may want to pass this along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Streets and highways covered with snow, snowpack or ice are extremely hazardous. They are most hazardous when the snow or ice begins to melt. The slush or wet surface acts as a lubricant and traction is reduced. Overpasses, bridges, shaded areas and snow-packed portions of the road can be icy even when other pavement is not.

If you begin to skid, let up on the accelerator and turn the front wheels in the direction of the skid.

Here are a few simple precautions that you can follow:

1. Make sure your tires have good tread for adequate traction. In winter, chains or snow tires are certainly preferable. However, remember that even chains and snow tires will slip on slick pavement.

2. Make sure your brakes are in good condition and properly adjusted so that the braking power of each wheel is uniform.

Anti-Lock Brakes — Apply the brakes with hard, firm pressure from the start of the skid and maintain this pressure until you have stopped. You may feel or hear vibrations and/or pulsations. This is normal.

No Anti-Lock Brakes — Threshold breaking: Apply the brakes just hard enough to not lock the wheels, release and apply the brakes the same way again.

3. Keep the windows clear by making certain the defrosters and windshield wipers are working properly. Use a good window scraper to remove all ice, snow and frost even if you are just traveling a short distance. Fogging or condensation of moisture on the inside of the windshield can quickly be removed by opening the side vent windows.

4. Be alert for snowplows and sanding trucks. They use flashing yellow and blue lights as a warning for you to use extreme caution when approaching or passing them.

5. Maintain an extra large space between you and the car ahead.

6. Start gradually by using a low gear and accelerating gently.

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/News/Story/2011/11/Fleet-Safety-Tip-of-the-Week1.aspx

Tracking Your Teen Driver

It’s ten o’clock; do you know where your children are…and how fast they’re traveling? This has been an age old worry for parents of teen drivers. With today’s new technology, it is much simpler than you think.

Steps

  1. First determine the type of tracking system you will need for tracking your teen driver.
  2.  There are many types of GPS tracking devices on the market today.
  3.  The first type of tracking device is a passive device that collects driving data. Once placed in the vehicle it can collect driving data for up to two weeks. You then must remove the unit from your vehicle and then the data can be downloaded onto your computer. A detailed report of the past time the device was in the vehicle will be generated using Google maps of Microsoft Virtual earth. You can either plug these units into your 12v power outlet in your car, or have any local auto installer hardwire the unit for out of sight installation.
  4.  This is cost effective with unit cost ranging from $150 – $300.
  5.  The second type is a real-time tracking unit that can be easily installed into a vehicle and gives real-time information via the internet. The parent goes online and logins into their account and can locate the vehicle (teen driver) at any time of the day or night. Many of these have a monthly monitoring cost needed to transmit the data back to the server which gives you the real-time information. With this type of unit, you can receive alerts of speeding or leaving/entering “zones” that the parent can create. These types of unit require hardwire installation from any auto installer. Insurance discounts are available from your insurance carrier for having a real-time tracking unit in your vehicle.
  6.  These units can range in cost from $99 – $299.

Tips

Pick a unit that will give you peace of mind

***Warning***

If your teen driver finds out that he/she is being tracked, you will need to be ready to explain/defend the need for this device. This can be a difficult discussion. Sometimes prior notice of tracking of the vehicle and the reasons why can help the situation.