Here at Paradiso Insurance, we like to partner with our clients and the local community. We try to supply as much information as we can, especially to local businesses, because we want to become your trusted advisors in the insurance world. Today, we’d like to take a moment to talk to businesses that use commercial vehicles as part of their service, so that we can ensure that your company vehicles stay protected.
Numbers Don’t Lie
When considering best practices or safety management for your commercial vehicles, it’s important to understand the statistics. Here are a few stats that may be an eye opener for those of us driving a business vehicle on a daily basis:
- From 2011 to 2013, 12,502 people were killed and more than 287,000 were injured in crashes involving commercial vehicles.
- Law enforcement drivers pulled over 59,080 commercial vehicle drivers and business car drivers for unsafe driving just last year alone.
- The top five warnings to commercial vehicle drivers were speeding, failure to use a safety belt, failure to obey traffic control devices, improper lane change, and following too closely.
Practicing Safe Driving
Simply practicing safe driving alone will help prevent your vehicle from many of the dangers that could potentially cause it harm. Every time you sit down we advise you buckle up, especially since it’s the number two reason that commercial vehicles were pulled over last year. Also, pay attention to the rules of the road at all times, especially speed limit and lane rules. Be sure your drivers are getting a good night’s sleep, eating breakfast, and minimizing distractions, such as toying with the radio or eating food while driving. Last but not least, have an ongoing safety training developed for your team, and if you need help with some guidelines, you can read up on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s CMV awareness training guide.
If you need more information on some best practices for commercial vehicle drivers, feel free to visit the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance website. They have training seminars, education for members, and even an online shop that will equip you with the tools you need to stay protected.
Get the Coverage you Need
Even with all of the necessary precautions in place, you never want to be the person that says “that would never happen to me,” and then fall short on your insurance coverage when you need it the most. If you have any questions or concerns about commercial vehicle insurance, or would like to open a policy, feel free to reach out to one of our professional agents today, and we can get you started!