Risks Ahead. Texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse

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Risks Ahead. Texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse

Auto Fleet SafetyThe Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Yet, in an online survey of drivers in Erie, Pennsylvania, 30% of the respondents admitted to texting while driving. 75% reported observing others doing it. Following are other forms of distracted driving respondents reported engaging in:

  • Romantic encounter/public display of affection: 15%
  • Combing/styling hair: 15%
  • Changing clothes: 9%
  • Putting on make-up: 8%
  • Brushing/flossing teeth: 4%
  • Taking selfies: 4%
  • Changing drivers: 3%
  • Going to the bathroom: 3%
  • Putting in contact lenses or eye drops: 2%
  • Curling eyelashes: 1%

You should have a corporate policy against texting while driving, similar to a cell phone use while driving policy and provide it to all employees.  Are you or an employee one minute from a serious accident due to texting while driving? Please contact your KMRD relationship manager to detect any gaps in your firm’s auto coverage.  

When there is risk ahead, you can count on KMRD Partners Risk and Insurance Solutions for a common sense approach to risk management and transference through insurance coverage. KMRD Partners structured risk management process provides clients a competitive advantage, reducing their cost of risk while improving their operational efficiency. 

Please contact your KMRD Partners relationship manager or e-mail us at contactus@kmrdpartners.com to review your organization’s occupational safety and health initiatives before one minute from normal strikes.

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