To prepare your workforce for the rollout of partially and fully autonomous vehicles, it would be helpful to share some of what is going on right now in the fast-paced world of motor vehicle development.
Then, it would be helpful to review some of the safety features that already are commonplace in vehicles on our roads today. It’s a win-win for Texas employers. Traffic safety is one of the best ways to save money and save lives.
Our Driving Concern Program Manager Lisa Robinson speaks to issues and concerns all employers face when trying to make their workforce safe on the road:
You have heard it said before: Work smarter, not harder.
Q: How do I do that? And how is traffic safety part of the answer?
A: This is something I talk about at various conferences around the state. In these difficult economic times, I am hearing from employers that are making cuts in the area of safety. This is concerning to me. I realize why this is happening as it is not always easy to see the value when you invest in safety like you would with additional sales. Company leaders focus on profit and generating revenue – and rightfully so – but sometimes become caught up in their day-to-day operational duties. As a result, they tend to overlook the impact of safety on their bottom line.
And I have come to the realization traffic safety is not always on a company’s radar until it is too late. One of the best ways to keep operating expenses low is to reduce risk. Driving – whether it is on the job, during a commute to-and-from the workplace or simply on a trip for groceries – is one of the riskiest activities your employees engage in on a daily basis.
When it comes to buckling up, Americans still lag behind residents of many other high-income countries.
In America, front seat belt usage was pegged at 87% in a Vital Signs report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July. And that put the U.S. below the average of 19 high-income countries (94%) and well below leader France (99%).
In Texas, the ramifications of the report are huge for employers, who brunt the lion’s share of costs associated with crashes whether they occur on or off the job. Texas employers spend about $3.4 billion every year on crash injuries and fatalities. And the cost of not buckling up accounts for a big part of that expense.