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Driver Profile – What Makes a Good Driver?

Q. Our company is working on improving fleet safety, and one key area we are focusing in on is what kind of person should be driving our vehicles. Do you have some basic answers that we could add to our driver profile?

DB – Fleet Manager

A. Thank you for this month’s question.

The list below includes four basic qualities of a safe and competent driver:

  • Critical and honest self-awareness; understand your own characteristics, attitudes and behavior when driving.
  • Identifying risks and keeping them reduced to their lowest acceptable level.
  • Acknowledge your own limitations behind the wheel and the limitations of your vehicle.
  • Concentration, not allowing yourself to be distracted… and good observation. (Look far, look mid, look near and look rear.)

These are very basic principles and should provide you with a starting point as to how to profile a driver.

Thank you,
Ben Langley

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Ben Langley is the Safety Editor for “The Driver Advantage™”. Ben is a passionate proponent for driver safety education, training and awareness. Continuously submerged in research targeting human behavior and driver safety; Ben initiates creative thinking that is evident in his writings. Ben also develops unique, exciting and results oriented driver safety programs and campaigns. His knowledge and common sense approach to driver safety is wrapped with authentic concern for people. Ben is also the co-found of Safety Wins, Inc. a 501©(3) non-profit organization. The Safety Wins concept of training fleet drivers at NASCAR Race Tracks throughout America was federally and privately funded. Today, Safety Wins, Inc focuses on Teen Driver Safety and continues to use the platform of motorsports to attract attention to their life saving driver safety message. Contact the author

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