Lytx Data Shows More Collisions Occur at Speeds Below 5 Miles Per Hour More Than at Any Other Speed
- Capturing low speed or stand-still collisions is crucial for driver exoneration and explaining the mystery damage that often occurs in parking lots
- Lytx places superior, easy-to-access video at the core of its video telematics offering, thus capturing events even if the vehicle is not in motion or is at speeds lower than 5 mph
SAN DIEGO — Sept. 4, 2019 —
Lytx®, a leading global provider of video telematics, analytics, productivity, and safety solutions for commercial and public sector fleets, today shared new data showing driving speeds most associated with collisions or near-collisions. Lytx data shows:
- 20% of recorded collisions and 12% of recorded near-collisions in private and public sector fleets occur at speeds below 5 mph.
- On average, private and public sector drivers are involved in collisions 3.8 times more often at speeds below 5 mph than at any speed between 6 and 80 mph.
- On average, there are twice as many near-collisions at speeds below 5 mph than at any speed between 6 and 80 mph.
These findings align with figures from the National Safety Council indicating more than 50,000 collisions occur in parking lots and garage structures annually — resulting in 500 or more fatalities and over 60,000 injuries.
“The prevalence of collisions at lower speeds highlights how important it is for drivers to be vigilant about safety from the moment they first turn on the ignition,” said Del Lisk, vice president of safety services at Lytx. “It is equally vital for fleet managers to know when their drivers are at the greatest risk of being involved in a collision, whether it’s while driving at parking lot speeds or on the highway. The ability to capture such low-speed or stand-still incidents is one of the features that sets Lytx apart.”
Given the predominance and dangers associated with these collisions, Lytx is committed to ensuring its clients are able to detect vehicle ignition and speeds under 5 mph, so they do not risk missing these critical incidents. Unlike most other video or telematics providers, video is at the core of Lytx’s telematics offering. Lytx reports on device health and captures events – even if the vehicle is not in motion or is at speeds lower than 5 mph.
“Lytx is committed to helping our clients get the most out of their video telematics investment,” said Jim Brady, Lytx vice president of product management. “The last 12-18 months have seen many new video providers enter the market. We are hearing from customers that quality tradeoffs are necessary in order to work with a quick-turn, low-cost video provider, including that their video is difficult to access and not available when the customer really needs it. We make video easy for customers to administer by offering a managed service, including a professional installation process and camera health monitoring to help make sure our customers are covered.”
Looking Beyond the Rate of Speed
Lytx’s data also showed the three top risky behaviors observed in events that occur under 5 mph: improper mirror use was the top associated risky behavior, followed by driver unbelted and handheld cell phone use. Lytx recently revealed that risky behaviors behind the wheel tend to cluster, meaning drivers who engage in one potentially risky behavior are often found engaging in others at the same time.
“Fleet managers must take a proactive approach to curbing risky behaviors behind the wheel to help reduce collisions at any speed,” added Lisk. “Many times, drivers become complacent and less vigilant when they are operating at a slow speed – they can pick up their phone or forget to check their mirrors. We’ve also found that if a driver is operating a vehicle while unbelted, they tend to be more careless or will engage in other potentially risky distractions, such as eating, drinking, smoking, or using another device, intensifying the need for coaching and behavior change.”
About the Data
Lytx examined driving data from January to June 2019 across its entire client database of public and private sector fleets. Its insights are derived from more than 100 billion miles of driving data from more than 1,000,000 drivers. Vehicles equipped with Lytx DriveCam® Event Recorders cover two million miles every hour, resulting in Lytx’s unparalleled insights into driving behaviors and risks.
Lytx® is a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety, and productivity solutions for commercial and public sector fleets. Our unrivaled Driver Safety Program, powered by our best-in-class DriveCam® Event Recorder, is proven to help save lives and reduce risk. We harness the power of video to help clients see what happened in the past, manage their operations more efficiently in the present, and improve driver behavior to change the future. Our customizable services and programs span driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and more than one million drivers worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.lytx.com, @lytx on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or YouTube channel.