November 2021

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Susan Gillies
Holidays are traditionally a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile. Holidays are also often cause for celebrations involving alcohol consumption, a major contributing factor to motor-vehicle crashes.
National Safety Council, Holiday Fatality Estimate
I have a 17-year-old who is a new and inexperienced driver. For Thanksgiving, we drove five hours to see family and he managed the majority of the driving. It's the longest he's driven at one time, and is also the most highway driving he's done.

Initially as we started out, I was vigilant in watching the road with him, checking his speed, looking for trucks or other vehicles before he changed lanes, helping him make decisions. But as time went on, I became more comfortable with his driving ability. I picked up my phone and ordered Christmas presents; I checked out the latest on social media; I chatted with my other child in the backseat.

As the miles stretched on, I thought about what happens when we let our guard down while driving. When we take our eyes off the road for just a second or let our mind wander from the task at hand, that's when the other car pulls in front of us, or the deer darts out from a field, or our eyes begin to close as we get fatigued watching mile after mile of road pass by.

The same is true for fleet safety programs if employees aren't reminded about safe driving, or if the focus shifts to other priorities, or if drivers get too comfortable in their driving role this is when the worst can happen.

During the holiday season when there is generally an increase in road fatalities, it is more important than ever to not let our guard down and get back to the basics by reminding drivers of driving fundamentals:
  • Plan the route ahead of time to avoid the need for speeding;
  • Always wear a seat belt, even for short trips;
  • Take breaks and get a good night's rest to reduce fatigue;
  • Eliminate distractions by turning off cell phones and not eating while driving;
  • Don't drive while impaired designate a sober driver or plan another way home;
  • Ensure vehicle maintenance is up to date to prevent break-downs or even crashes while driving.

NETS Campaigns and Toolkits such as our Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) Campaigns; Driven to Wellness Campaign; 2Seconds2Click Campaign; and Drug-Impaired Driving Campaign are a great way to share reminders about driving fundamentals. These materials are not dated and can be used any time, and are available to download at no charge.

NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job and that mission is more important than ever during the holiday season.

Let's get back to the basics and not let our guard down.

I wish everyone a happy holiday season, and safe driving!
Susan Gillies
Executive Director, NETS
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NETS discusses Fleet Safety with RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society. Tune in for weekly discussions about risk management hot topics, interviews with leaders in the profession, and updates on RIMS events and education.

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NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organizations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, license violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviors for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and an individual FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Mentor’s integrated automatic crash detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch trigger a voice call and emergency support, as needed, from one of Bosch’s Global Call Centers supporting >50 countries. Through its five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organizations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 awards around the world.

Mobile device distractions put employees in danger and companies at risk. So why would anyone settle for safety measures that simply report what went wrong, or only work when people remember to turn them on? TRUCE Software automatically suspends distracting mobile apps and functions depending on what your employee is doing, where they are working or even the workgroup they are part of. You define the policy and TRUCE ensures compliance when and where it’s needed. Supporting more than 100,000 subscribers and some of the largest brands worldwide, our patented technology is making workplaces everywhere safer.
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Holiday Safety from the National Safety Council

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. The holidays looked a lot different last year due to the pandemic. Do we still need to be concerned?

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AAA Winter Driving Tips

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#Streetsforlife Campaign Receives Prince Michael Award

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Super Bowl Drunk Driving Campaign

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