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    3 Ways the American Safety Council Helps Keep Roads Safer

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    The American Safety Council is a leader in authoring and delivering e-Learning training solutions to address transportation and workplace safety. It tracks trends that affect the safety of U.S. roads and drivers, developing courses that can help educate drivers.

    Since every driver is unique, the American Safety Council designs a full range of courses carefully tailored to different groups—from commercial fleet drivers to teen drivers earning their learner’s permit. The council also offers classes and certifications as diverse as food handling and notary training, but their chief focus is in their name: safety.

    Here are 3 ways the American Safety Council helps commercial fleet drivers:

    1. The ASC defensive driving course 

    Even the most seasoned fleet drivers can benefit from continuous training, especially because federal regulations, road conditions and driver awareness can fluctuate frequently. In-cab vehicle technologies with timely driver coaching components can be valuable in continuous driver training—and help identify and correct unsafe incidents on American roadways.

    But for fleet drivers who may benefit from e-learning courses on defensive driving—often due to traffic violations, employer requirements or the chance to reduce a fleet’s insurance rates—the American Safety Council offers online defensive driver training courses that fleet drivers can take from anywhere.

    Drivers can access the American Safety Council’s courses from a mobile device anytime. This allows drivers to break the course into smaller chunks to accommodate their unique driving schedules. Upon completion, course results can be reported to regulatory agencies and employers to ensure requirements have been met.

    When individuals take these courses, it results in more people on the road who understand how to drive defensively. And the more proactive drivers become on the highway, the more the risk of collisions is reduced.

    2. Hazardous materials transportation training

    Drivers of all ages and skill levels rely on plenty of non-drivers to keep roads and the general public safe. The American Safety Council offers OSHA-approved courses that ensure workers know how to safely handle hazardous materials, from proper loading and unloading to warehouse maintenance. With new chemical compounds and ever-changing regulations, continuing education helps prevent spills and leaks that could cause more than just a traffic jam.

    3. Helps craft workable distracted driving policies

    More employees have smartphones than ever before, and they’re often tempted to shoot off a quick email or text while behind the wheel. The American Safety Council offers practical tips on how to prevent employees from texting or calling from behind the wheel — all while helping businesses structure their needs in a way that supports safer driving.

    The American Safety Council provides online education and common-sense advocacy that shines a light on the dangers of distracted driving. They also incorporate best practices that are in alignment with regularly changing OSHA regulations designed to reduce distracted driving. For more on stopping distractions at the wheel, check out our story Distracted Driving Awareness: Curbing the Power of Smartphones.