Page 28 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - December 2021
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 POINTS OF VIEW
 USING DATA
TO AID ROAD SAFETY
DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
With wintery weather having already hit the UK, drivers must be reminded of the hazards to be aware of and using transport data can help to give them greater insight into the effects certain conditions can have, says Teletrac Navman’s Peter Millichap.
 T he UK’s changing weather conditions
will always affect road safety for motorists, and no time is this truer than in winter.
The dark nights and more adverse weather conditions at this time of year raise a new set of challenges that mean transport managers must remind drivers to take extra care and prepare for any eventuality.
Using recent road safety data released by the Department for Transport to
demonstrate how factors such as lighting and road conditions have previously impacted road accidents during this period of the year will help evidence the importance of taking extra precautions.
Teletrac Navman’s new intuitive online dashboard assimilates this data to help users gain greater insight into
how certain conditions can lead to changes in driver behaviour and the safety of their drivers and other road users this winter.
What hazards should fleet managers be aware of this winter?
The dashboard, highlighting 2020 data, showed how accidents that occur when driving in fog or mist have the highest accident severity rate, with 27% proving to be a serious collision. The severity rate remains high (23%) when it is snowing too. The data also found motorists are 14% more likely to have
a severe accident when driving in
high winds.
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