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SmartDrive SmartIQ Snapshot Shows Hard Data on Risks and Costs of Speeding

| September 13, 2018

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SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video safety and transportation intelligence, published new insights on the effects of speeding in its latest SmartIQ® Snapshot. The SmartDrive SmartIQ Speeding Drivers Snapshot for Truckers, which aggregates and anonymizes data from the SmartDrive database of more than 220 million analyzed and scored driving events, helps fleets understand the inherent risks and costs associated with speeding, and highlights opportunities to improve safety and operational efficiency.

The SmartDrive SmartIQ Speeding Snapshot illuminates key observations that distinguish speeding drivers as compared to all other drivers. With validation through video analysis, these findings clearly demonstrate that drivers who speed are more likely to take other risks, be involved in near collisions and waste more fuel compared to their non-speeding colleagues. Significant conclusions include, drivers who speed are:

  • Nearly 3x more likely to practice unsafe following distances
  • 45% more likely to be involved in a near collision
  • 54% more likely to cross the median or center line of the roadway
  • More than 2.5x more likely to be distracted while driving
  • Consistently more likely to fail to comply with stop signs and red lights
  • More likely to engage in unsafe lane changing, merging, passing, braking and turning
  • 3.7x more likely to drive with two hands off the wheel
  • More likely to waste fuel; highway MPG for speeding drivers is 2.7% lower than all other drivers

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the total comprehensive cost of speeding is $203 billion. According to NHTSA:

  • 83% of drivers surveyed believe driving is a safety concern, yet 64% say they are comfortable speeding
  • 27% of all fatal automobile crashes involve drivers who were speeding
  • Speeding-related fatalities increased by 4% from 2015 to 2016
  • 15% of speeding-related fatalities occurred on interstate highways and drivers involved in fatal crashes tend to speed more frequently at night
SmartDrive SmartIQ Speed Bracket Analysis

SmartDrive SmartIQ Speed Bracket Analysis enables fleet managers to identify habitual speeders and coach them to improve their overall safety and fuel economy.

“Although speeding continues to be one of the most serious problems facing the commercial transportation industry, speed limits continue to increase across the country,” stated Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “While everyone understands speeding is dangerous, only video safety—deployed with a cab-facing camera—provides objective measurement of the associated driving risks and the price fleets pay as a result of collisions caused by speeding, associated legal claims and vehicle damages, as well as wasted fuel. SmartDrive applauds those fleets that have taken the necessary steps to reduce speeding, protecting their drivers and the motoring public by implementing an action-oriented video safety program.”

SmartDrive SmartIQ Speed Bracket Analysis enables fleet managers to identify habitual speeders and coach them to improve their overall safety and fuel economy.

The complete Speeding Drivers Snapshot for Trucking is a free resource, available online. In addition to statistical data, the report includes data relating speeding to crash and maintenance costs, along with its effect on tires and fuel efficiency.

Interactive Speeding Map Highlights Risk on U.S. Interstates

The SmartDrive SmartIQ Speeding Snapshot includes a unique interactive map that shows where speeding dangers exist on U.S. interstates. Now, in addition to understanding the impact of speeding, fleet managers can visualize where speeding occurs most often, and coach drivers accordingly. The map allows fleet managers to see which interstates have the best and worst speed scores, drill down into specific states to identify where the most speeding occurs, and search by road name to learn more about the routes drivers take most often.

Interactive map allows fleet managers to see which interstates have the best and worst speed scores, drill down into specific states to identify where the most speeding occurs, and search by road name to learn more about the routes drivers take most often.

To learn more about SmartDrive SmartIQ, download additional resources and request a demo online.

About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 220 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, and employs over 725 people worldwide.

 

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