Essentially the most distracted truck drivers are almost 72% extra prone to be concerned in a “close to collision” than different drivers, in line with new knowledge insights launched July 22 by Omnitracs.
The corporate stated that the info evaluation, based mostly on aggregated and anonymized knowledge from its SmartDrive video‐based mostly analytics platform amongst trucking fleets, “clearly demonstrates that probably the most distracted drivers are much less protected general, commit considerably extra basic driving errors, and drive sooner than the pace restrict in comparison with all different drivers.”
And regardless of federal regulation limiting industrial drivers whereas driving to utilizing solely a hands-free cellphone “situated in shut proximity,” the report reveals that “drivers who’re distracted by cell phones are thrice extra prone to drive 10 plus miles over the pace restrict.” Given the hazard inherent in that noncompliance, maybe it’s little surprise that SmartDrive knowledge additionally signifies that probably the most distracted drivers are much less prone to put on a seatbelt.
Or as Omnitracs places it sharply, “The information evaluation clearly demonstrates that probably the most distracted drivers are much less protected general, commit considerably extra basic driving errors, and drive sooner than the pace restrict in comparison with all different drivers.”
Extra particularly, the evaluation of in‐cab video and commentary knowledge — gathered over 29 billion driving miles — reveals that distracted drivers are extra seemingly than all different drivers to have a close to collision, fail to cease at an intersection, and exceed the pace restrict. Omnitracs additionally famous that this “confirms the extensively held assumption that cellular gadgets are the predominant explanation for distracted driving.”
These newest insights have been developed over a 12-month evaluation interval and validated by way of video evaluation. Omnitracs stated the findings show that distraction has a correlation to close collisions and collisions, and probably the most distracted drivers are considerably extra harmful than others (and least prone to put on seatbelts).
Different important conclusions embrace:
Truck drivers distracted closely by cell phones are concerned in collisions at a price 2 instances greater than the least distracted drivers
Drivers recognized as “most distracted” roll by cease indicators and visitors lights at a price 2.7 instances greater than the least distracted drivers
Drivers distracted closely by cell phones had pace incidents of 10 plus mph over the pace restrict at a price 3.2 instances greater than the least distracted drivers
Drivers recognized as “most distracted” drift out of lane at a price 2.3 instances greater than these recognized as “least distracted” drivers.
Drivers recognized as “most distracted” fail to put on a seatbelt at a price over 3 instances greater than “least distracted” drivers
A key facet of the methodology was performing “distraction segmentation” thrice, as soon as for every subset of distraction sorts:
All Distractions(a complete of 13 kinds of distractions): Drivers within the highest 25% bracket for distraction commentary price (distraction observations per 1,000 hours) for every firm in a given month. (Minimal of three distraction observations.)
Cellular Solely (a subset of 4 kinds of distraction): Drivers within the highest 25% bracket for cell phone commentary price for every firm in a given month. (Minimal of three cell phone distraction observations.)
Non-Cellular(a subset of 9 kinds of distraction): Drivers within the highest 25% bracket for non-mobile cellphone distraction commentary price for every firm in a given month. (Minimal of three non-mobile cellphone distraction observations.)
“Preliminary Nationwide Security Council knowledge indicates that 42,060 folks died in motor autos crashes in 2020,” commented Jason Palmer, Omnitracs’ common supervisor, Transportation Intelligence. “That’s an 8% rise from 2019, and 2020 was a 12 months the place folks drove considerably much less ceaselessly due to the pandemic. As well as, the speed of demise on the roads spiked 24% over the earlier 24‐ month interval, regardless of miles pushed dropping 13%. Sadly, distracted driving remains to be an epidemic.”