Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, July 2nd, 2015
Webtech Wireless wishes you a Happy Canada Day and to our friends south of the border, a Happy Independence Day!
And while we are wishing you happy holidays, we’d also like to wish you the safest of holidays.
Improved safety is one of several key benefits available from our GPS/AVL Fleet Management solutions. It is also one of the driving factors behind many of our customer’s decisions to implement a fleet management solution. Safety is important to us, and as a result we’d like to share a few general safe driving tips as we enter this holiday season.
Assign a designated driver
Approximately 1 in 3 collisions involve alcohol, and 1 in ten drivers after 10 pm have consumed alcohol. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation indicates most alcohol-related crashes occur during June, July, and August. If alcohol is part of your holiday season, keep yourself and your loved ones safe by traveling on transit, via taxi service or with a designated driver.
Take brakes – ensure you are well-rested
People often travel long distances when they go on holiday. Fatigue is a form of impairment, so don’t give in to the temptation to push on. Rest stops are important. A stretch break keeps the driver alert by promoting blood circulation. Ensure you’ve had a good night’s rest before a long trip.
Hydration is vital to your mind, body, skin and overall health. Mild dehydration can include a light headache, dry mouth and fatigue. Moderate hydration can include a severe headache, more fatigue and some dizzy spells. These symptoms make for unfavorable driving conditions that could also affect the safety of you and your loved ones.
Before heading out, have your vehicle inspected to make sure it’s mechanically sound. Repair or replace worn parts to avoid costly and time-consuming repairs that could affect your road trip. Check your tires, replace wipers if required, make sure all your lights work and check fluid levels.
Keep a steady head, and hand at the wheel and remember that a heavy foot on the gas pedal translates into a heavy gas bill. Ensure you leave a safe amount of space between yourself and the car in front of you, shoulder check and keep out of other’s blind spots.
Most importantly, have fun and remember fleet safety is a specialty of ours. Contact us if you’d like more information on keeping your most valued assets and your fleet safe, and your fleet business operating soundly and optimized to drive increased revenue.