Fleet Manager Series - 6 surprising facts about road accidents

Misplaced focus is a dangerous thing, from not concentrating on the road to focusing too much on one aspect of cost control, it’s generally only in retrospect when you realise the error of your ways. Cost control in fleet management can be a classic example of this, while some fleet managers fixate on cutting the fuel costs a single collision can wipe out all these savings with the push of a pedal. With this in mind I reveal some of the more surprising facts about road collisions to give fleet managers a sense of the more significant, but less talked about crash statistics.


Top 6 surprising facts about road accidents

1.  While most will be aware that the most at risk category is the 17-24 age bracket it's surprising to note that the second most at risk category is the 30-39 age bracket.
2.  Men are twice as likely to be the party liable for any given accident.
3.  White vehicles, as unbelievable as it may sound, really are safer than any other colour.
4.  Rural roads are by far the most dangerous.
5.  Monday and Tuesday are the safest days of the week. Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week.
6.  The ratio of road deaths by accident type works out as 6S: 6M :2P (S = single vehicle accident, M = multiple vehicle accident P = pedestrian)


What can fleet managers do?

Road deaths chartLike with most things driver education and passing on useful messages is of paramount importance. Informing staff and fleet drivers of these facts along with running recurring themes on the 5 major causes of road traffic accidents (driver inattention/distraction, Alcohol, excessive speed, vehicle defects and drugs) can heighten the awareness. In many cases effort on these areas can lead to a positive change in attitude towards driving.


What still needs to be done to give a clearer picture?

While it is useful to have some statistics and information* on the topic of road accident causes it is hard to deny that some information is not being presented to the public in the most efficient way. As has been stated before, state governments (and the federal government), insurance companies, emergency services, vehicle manufacturers and road contractors should be working far closer together in this area. Done well collaborations on road crash statistics could offer the public more comprehensive statistics and indeed more comprehensive data which may aid interested citizens in finding patterns and conclusions, after all surely everyone involved only has one objective at heart?

*The current information available from state governments is not consistent and seems to have been created without the input of any other parties.

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