DriveCam Continues Insights Series


SAN DIEGO – May 3, 2010 – Just in time for WasteExpo and the Waste Training Institute, DriveCam Inc., a global Driver Risk Management (DRM) company, continued its Insights Series™ by releasing its second DriveCam Insights Report. Designed to provide insight for executives and managers throughout a variety of transportation industries, DriveCam’s Insights Series is derived from DriveCam’s extensive database of over 16 million driving events from 2 billion driving miles – the largest in the world.

The second industry to go under the microscope is the waste/sanitation industry. Initial research found a few surprises, specifically concerning distracted driving. With so much focus in the news on collisions caused by distracted driving, DriveCam was surprised to find that it actually ranks #4 on the list of behaviors. Driving fundamentals are a bigger issue than Distractions in the waste Industry with three of the top 5 most common behaviors recorded in Risky Driving being related to fundamentals (Following too Close, Not Looking Far Enough Ahead, Not Scanning the Intersection). The Top 5 Driving Behaviors among all waste vehicles in order are:

1. Following too Close

2. Not Looking Far Enough Ahead

3. Traffic Violations

4. Distractions

5. Not Scanning the Intersection

Delving a bit deeper into the data, DriveCam examined Collision Rates (collisions per vehicle in service) among different vehicles types in service for the Waste Industry. The collision rate varies from 5.2 percent for sanitation/collection vehicles to 10.5 percent for light duty trucks. The higher collision rate observed in light duty trucks and standard passenger type vehicles is highly illuminating in light of a recent article published by and written by Bruce Hooker of R.F. Mattei and Associates (an insurance services company). In discussing fleet safety programs, Hooker notes that, “ancillary vehicles often are overlooked in the implementation of these (collection vehicle) safety programs.” He further states:

“The ancillary fleet includes all of the vehicles owned or operated by a waste company besides the actual collection vehicles. Generally, this consists of vehicles that do not require a commercial driver’s license (CDL), such as service units; supervisor vehicles; pickup DriveCam’s Insights Series will be released on an on-going basis. trucks used to service missed stops or to run errands; company cars for officers, sales people and managers; and even personal autos owned by employees if those vehicles are used for company business. Accidents involving the ancillary fleet have led to significant liability claims against many waste companies, and fleet safety programs need to address this exposure.”

Next up: Waste Behaviors and Collisions vs. Other Industries.