For the majority of us, the most dangerous part of the day is the drive to and from work. According to Injury Facts®, 2017 Edition, transportation-related events represent 41 percent of occupational fatalities and there were more than 40,300 deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2016, according to National Safety Council analysis. These risks make it crucial that you practice safe driving habits whether you are on or off the clock. Many new vehicles come equipped with advanced safety features, called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which can dramatically improve driver safety, but it is important that you understand the safety features available to you and know how to use them correctly.
Fleet Driver Safety
Fleet drivers face particular risks, since your day-to-day work puts you on the road more often than many other employees. ADAS features, then, have great potential to improve safety in the fleet industry. According to estimates from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, for example, automatic emergency braking can reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent. Still, these improvements are only possible if you understand how these technologies work, how to use them and when to engage them. You should know when any new safety features are introduced into your fleet and receive training on how to properly use them. If you do not use ADAS features, you could miss out on safety improvements, while using them incorrectly could mean putting yourself at risk. Use Safety Features to Your Advantage
Here are some tips to get the most of your vehicle’s safety features:
• Pay full attention to the road – ADAS safety features are not meant to replace drivers.
• Learn when to appropriately use or rely on these features.
• Do not ignore vehicle safety warnings.
• Do not disable safety features without reason.
Rental Cars for Employees
If you regularly drive a rental car as part of your job, take a few moments to learn more about the new safety features in these vehicles before you pull out of the parking lot. The best way to learn about a vehicle’s safety features is to look through the manual before driving it for the first time. You might be surprised at some of the advanced features, such as self-parking or adaptive headlights, the vehicle offers. If you have questions about the features present in a car and how to use them correctly, be sure to ask the rental company representative before driving away. Also, do not assume that a feature that you have on your car works the same way on the rental. There are variations in operation and design of which you should be aware.