Reducing crashes, reducing costs*

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How and why collision avoidance technology will save you money.

Reducing collisions is naturally a priority for fleet managers. 

Beyond the safety concerns for drivers and other road users, the financial burden and logistical headache of collisions is a main motivator.

Collision avoidance systems either come installed in new vehicles or can be retrofitted into existing fleet vehicles. 

These systems provide driver-assist features like pedestrian detection, forward collision warnings, and lane departure warnings to provide drivers with the critical seconds needed to avoid or mitigate a collision.

A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, quotes data from the Federal Office of Road Safety (FORS) suggesting: “The indirect costs of fleet crashes, including personal injury, medical/hospital, rehabilitation, absence from work, worker’s compensation, downtime/lost productivity, and potential loss of customer are about ten times the
average repair bill.” 

And that’s on top of the direct repair costs or insurance excess. 

In order to appreciate why collision avoidance technology is so effective, one must first understand the main causes of collisions. 

Global studies agree - more than 90 percent of collisions are caused by driver error and around 80 percent of crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before the event.

While unintended lane departure, most often the effect of fatigue and distraction, is a major contributor to head-on and single vehicle fatalities. 

AXA Insurance found that giving drivers two seconds of early warning could prevent nearly all rear-end collisions. 

Collision avoidance systems have been developed with these statistics in mind, alerting the driver to potential collisions and allowing more time to react and take action.

What would it mean to your council’s bottom line if you reduced your fleet’s crash rate?

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