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Q. As a Fleet Manager with driver safety responsibilities, I am always looking for some unique information to share with my team. In a recent meeting with my technicians, we were comparing hours worked versus hours driving…and the team realized they are behind the wheel and driving most of the day. I used this information to reinforce our commitment to driver safety training and show them that our ongoing training is necessary.

I like the fact that my team is thinking more about their own personal driving safety and considering how important it is to work safe every-day.

Considering this subject of hours spent working and driving, would you have any information that I could add to our next team meeting?

Fleet Manager

A. Thank you for the question today… and thanks for sharing the story behind the question. It is apparent that your company and your team have an appreciation for their own overall health and safety at work.

A few interesting facts to share with your team might include the following from our friends at AAA;

American drivers spend an average of 290 hours behind the wheel each year. This equals approximately seven work weeks, and approximately 10,900 miles. (2014 – 2015 America Driving Survey)

For your team, the number of hours and miles could increase tremendously; having a vibrant driver safety process in place and being committed to driver training is certainly an asset to your team and your company.

Wishing you and your team members… safe travels!

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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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