Did You Know? Backing accidents account for 1 out of 3 collisions In reality even more since many are never reported!
Killing the Bottom Line Like being nibbled to death by a duck Florida Judge in election case It is the small accidents that kill the companys profits –Most are under deductible –Most are paid out of pocket –Many not reported to insurance to keep frequency down
True Costs When it comes to accidents, 2+2 does not equal 4 These types of accidents hold a company back They also hold back the drivers –Less benefits –Less pay –Fewer equipment upgrades
Safety is an ATTITUDE! You must always be thinking safety Safety is not compliance – e.g. log books, etc. Safety is a state of mind
Avoiding Backing Accidents Back slowly Dont blindside Use a guide Adjust mirrors Check clearance Look at ground GET OUT AND LOOK
CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY HOW WILL THEY EFFECT YOU?
Changes…What changes? Tougher DOT enforcement Changes to CDL regulations Insurance costs going up Tougher underwriting standards Rising fuel prices
DOT Enforcement Doubled number of audits Tripled average amount of fine Tougher drug testing standards Increased funding for enforcement Increased roadside inspections
CDL Changes No difference between violations in personal vehicle and commercial vehicle No masking violations All states must report violations back to home state
Tougher Underwriting Standards Driver hiring/retention standards are getting tougher Fewer tickets/accidents allowed than before Driver can become uninsurable and unable to find a job
Rising Fuel Costs Many companies/owner operators going out of business Going into winter expect prices to go up more
Survival of the Fittest Drivers make or break a company Good loss history and driving records = lower premiums Good drivers = less DOT trouble Good drivers = company thrives Bad drivers = company goes out of business