New DriveCam Insights: Focus on Energy Services Fleets


Sixth Study Reveals Top Driving Behaviors & Collision Statistics

SAN DIEGO – June 2, 2010 – DriveCam Inc., a global Driver Risk Management company, continued its Insights Series™ by focusing on fleet vehicles of companies providing Energy Services. 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 17 million driving events from 2 billion driving miles – the largest in the world.

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 in Energy Services fleets. Following too Close, Not Looking Far Ahead and Traffic Violations are bigger issues than Distractions in the Energy Services Industry. A closer look at traffic violations revealed that rolling stops represented the majority of incidents, while handheld cell phone violations (along with other communication devices, such as two-way radio) represented the primary distractions committed in risky driving events. The Top 5 Driving Behaviors among all Energy Services vehicles in order are:

  1. Following too Close
  2. Not Looking Far Ahead
  3. Traffic Violations
  4. Distractions
  5. Failed to Keep an Out

Looking at the data, DriveCam found that Following Too Close (27 percent) and Not Looking Far Ahead (26 percent) were more than twice as likely to occur as Traffic Violations (12 percent).

In examining Collision Rates (collisions per vehicle in service), DriveCam found a significantly lower collision rate among trucks operating in Energy Services (0.8 percent) compared with those operating in Long Haul (5.9 percent) and Local Trucking (5.8 percent).

DriveCam’s Insights Series is released on an on-going basis.