inthinc Provides Winter Driving Tips to Bring Drivers Home Safe this Holiday Season
SALT LAKE CITY - Dec. 21, 2010 - While today is officially the first day of winter, much of North America has been in the grip of winter weather for some time, and once again drivers are faced with the challenges it brings.
If both individuals and companies with fleet drivers take precautions and adjust their driving behavior, winter driving doesn't have to be a white-knuckle experience according to inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., a global company centered on telematics, fleet solutions and driving safety.
"Companies need to know that driver behavior is at the top of the list for improving safety on the roads, and this is particularly the case in tough winter conditions," said Todd Follmer, CEO of inthinc Technology Solutions. "Putting drivers on the safest road possible is our commitment and our passion."
The following are some effective tips that both companies and drivers can use to help ensure they make it home safe to their families this holiday season and beyond:
- Slow down. Take particular care to reduce speed in general, but specifically on bridges, shaded areas, on curves and at night. These areas are colder and may have ice that is difficult to see.
- Avoid fatigued driving. The best way to combat fatigue behind the wheel is with rest. Opening the window and listening to loud music don't really help, but even a short nap or break can go a long way towards fighting fatigue. When planning a long winter trip, plug in some extra time both to take into account weather conditions and in case you feel tired and need to stop and rest.
- Curb aggressive driving. Aggressive driving behaviors including hard braking, hard turning and rapid acceleration can be dangerous any time, but they are especially risky in wet and icy weather. Be patient, be prepared for slower traffic and don't try to pass snowplows.
- Pay attention to the road. Distracted driving, particularly related to phone calls and texting, is rapidly contributing to more accidents each year. Pull over to talk or text or wait until reaching your destination to respond.
- Continually hone driving skills. Effective driver training solutions that can mentor and improve driving behavior have been proven to dramatically improve driving safety. Even the most seasoned driver can benefit from coaching, reminders and accountability for their driving actions.
"Making sure the vehicle is prepared for a trip, including having snow tires or chains on hand is important," Follmer said. "But when it comes down to it, the driver's behavior behind the wheel can make the biggest difference."
inthinc is a global company centered on telematics, fleet solutions and driving safety. Its breakthrough driving safety solutions are designed to safeguard lives, save money and protect the environment. inthinc technology dramatically improves driver behavior and has been documented to reduce accidents by more than 80 percent. For more information, please visit http://www.inthinc.com