There’s an adage that says “familiarity breeds contempt,” and for fleet-drivers on the UK’s roads, that might be a true statement. Lytx, a UK-based provider for artificial intelligence-based video telematics, machine vision, and analytics, had pored over their data collected from driving fleets that run their software. The results were alarming, with Lytx’s system picking up over 64 million incidences of risky driving every year. The company released a list of the most hazardous behaviors they noted while going through their data.
The Riskiest Driving Behaviors in the UK
According to Lytx, the riskiest drivers in the UK used an improper following distance behind the next car in traffic in front of them. From there, a slew of other risky behaviors were recorded by the company, including late response times, the use of mobile phones while driving, not using a seatbelt while in transit, and failure to ensure that the vehicle had an escape route in case of an emergency. Each of these risky behaviors directly related to having collisions within the near future. Lytx found that if a driver reduced the incidence of risky behaviors, they were less likely to damage the vehicle they were driving in a collision.
Offering Solutions for Firms
The report by Lytx highlights preventable issues that can be addressed with the right kind of training. By guiding drivers in the type of behaviors businesses want to avoid while on the road, they can potentially reduce the incidence of collisions and thereby save the company money for insurance premiums. By combining the training with systems such as Lytx’s driver telematics system, companies can potentially address shortcomings in their driving training process. Drivers of large haulage vehicles have much more responsibility for safety while driving on public roads. Lytx’s software and the training they suggest companies invest in will benefit the public, not just the business.