Recent Trucking Company Goals for Safety Leave Plenty of Room for Improvement
Element Financial—a fleet management business—recently conducted its semi-annual survey of more than 130 trucking companies that operate over 150,000 vehicles to learn more about industry-wide trends. While the survey showed that safety continued to be a top concern, the actions trucking companies are taking to meet their goals are not always in line with this objective. Unfortunately, innocent motorists are the unsuspecting victims when truckers cause serious accidents in part due to these trends.
Four Trucking Company Trends That Affect Your Safety on the Road
The purpose of the survey was to examine trucking company goals, how they run their operations, and the important decisions they are facing and deciding. Trends that affect the safety of other motorists include:
- Lack of safety programs. Although managers say that safety is a top priority, only 29 percent of companies had modified or established safety programs. In addition, about one-half of the companies increased the replacement of their outdated trucks while the other half slowed their purchase of new ones.
- Personal use of vehicles. Over 80 percent of companies allowed employees to use company-owned vehicles for personal use and slightly over 50 percent allow spouses of employees to use them.
- Online driver training classes. 68 percent of companies offer trucker training programs, with over 80 percent using online training. However, a good program offers both instruction and more specialized training regarding identified trucker risk factors that usually cannot be provided in online courses.
- Lack of safety technology. The good news is that 60% of trucks have the back-up cameras that trucks will be required to have in 2018 under a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule. However, only 21 percent of trucks had a front/rear park assistance system and 15 percent had any blind spot monitoring system. Even worse, 23 percent provided no additional safety options.
Huge trucks are difficult to maneuver, even if they are well-maintained and have the latest safety features. When trucking companies sacrifice safety for profits and more business, innocent people like you are injured in catastrophic truck accidents. Were you injured in a truck accident caused by the trucker? Call me at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation.
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