In Argentina, one person dies in a traffic accident every hour – 80% of these fatalities are caused by drivers trying to overtake other vehicles. With hundreds of one-lane roads in the country, drivers often get frustrated by slower moving semi-trucks ahead of them and will try to pass them despite not being able to see on-coming traffic.
Samsung saw a solution to this problem. By installing 4 rear outdoor monitors to the backs of semi-trucks and a wireless camera in the front, drivers behind the trucks are now able to see on-coming traffic without swerving out of their lane. Drivers can find a safe moment to pass these trucks, day or night (the camera has a night vision mode). Technology like this has the potential to drastically reduce road accidents.
Even if your workers won’t be encountering or driving these safety trucks, Samsung’s new technology creates the space for a conversation on safe driving for drivers all over the world. Do your employees drive semi-trucks, or drive in areas where they’re likely to encounter them? When is the last time you gave a safe driving safety talk?
Being a safe driver means being aware of what’s happening around you. Driving defensively, by looking for trouble before you’re involved in it, means you’re always one-step ahead of potential accidents. Scan at least one city block ahead while driving at city speeds, and several blocks ahead when you’re traveling at highway speeds. Employees that are likely to encounter semi-trucks need to be reminded to be extra diligent when passing these vehicles, and to try to do so only on roads with multiple lanes. Truck drivers need to be reminded to watch out for cars looking to make the risky pass.
While it might feel like something your employees have heard a thousand times, reminding them to drive without the distraction of mobile devices is a worthwhile discussion to have. By law, all drivers know not to do this, but until the message clicks for them personally they’re more likely to continue engaging in this risky behaviour.
Did you ever have a close call driving and suddenly started obeying the rules a little more closely? Your discussion on safe driving could be the one your employees remember while driving home today.
Mention these facts involving using cell phones while driving to give the extra push to your message:
- A Carnegie Mellon study found that activity in the area of the brain that processes moving visual images—vital to safe driving—decreases by 33 percent while listening to a phone conversation.
- A University of Utah study found that a driver engaged in a cell phone conversation reacts more slowly to driving emergencies than a driver who is impaired by a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent.
- Drivers using cell phones in traffic are four times more likely to crash than drivers who aren’t using cell phones.
As we are currently in winter season it’s important to remind workers to be safe when driving in snowy or icy conditions. Roads that look wet might actually be coated in ice, and trying to go too fast could have drivers ending up in a ditch. Make sure your workers know you’d rather they arrive safe than a few minutes late.
Samsung’s new technology sparks a lot of ideas on how we could improve road safety.
Watch the following video below to see a demonstrates of this new technology works.