Lytx Shares New Insights on Risky Driving Trends Among Utilities Fleets
- Cell phone distraction occurred 54% less often among utilities drivers than those in other industries
SAN DIEGO — April 28, 2020 — From its unmatched database of 202,000 risky driving events captured from utilities fleets in 2019, Lytx® today released new insights into utilities-industry driving trends.
Lytx’s findings include the five risky behaviors seen most often among utilities drivers, most improved driving behaviors, and insights on how driving habits in the utilities industry compare to those in other industries.
This data was captured from fleets of all sizes and types within the utilities industry, including cable and telecommunication fleets and oil- and gas-hauling vehicles. It is part of an ongoing series from Lytx highlighting key behavior trends seen across the nine industries that utilize
Lytx video telematics technology. The data will be released twice weekly through May 19 here: https://www.lytx.com/en-us/industry-benchmark-data.
Most Prevalent Risky Behaviors in 2019
- Near collision
- Near collision (unavoidable)
- Food/drink observed
- Following distance*
Most Improved Behaviors From 2018 to 2019
- Driver unbelted – improved 49%
- Cell phone observed – improved 24%
- Food/Drink observed – improved 15%
How Utilities Fleets Stack Up Against Other Industries
Lytx compared the prevalence of behaviors seen in utilities fleets against behavior averages of fleets across all its other protected industries. Comparatively, utilities fleets excelled in the following areas:
- Cell phone use, which was observed 54% less often
- Late response,** which occurred 62% less often
Utilities Collision Insight
While cell phone use is improving in the utilities industry, it remains a risk. Lytx found that driver distraction was present in 63% of rear-end collisions in this segment, with one-third of those attributed to cell phone use.
About the Data
These insights were derived from Lytx’s proprietary database of utilities driving data from 2019, including 202,000 risky utilities driving events captured last year. For comparisons across industries, Lytx calculated behavior averages from its global database, which contains driving data from trucking, distribution, concrete, construction, services, transit, government, and waste industries. Lytx maintains the fastest-growing proprietary database of professional driving data in the world, currently surpassing 120 billion miles of driving data. The data is anonymized, normalized, and in instances of behavior prevalence, generalizable to utilities fleets at large.
Lytx® is a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety, and productivity solutions for commercial, public sector, and field services 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 1.3 million drivers worldwide. For more information on Lytx telematics system, visit http://www.lytx.com, @lytx on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page, or our YouTube channel.
*Following distance refers to a risky driving event in which the distance to the vehicle directly ahead is approximately 1.5 seconds and not increasing for at least 4 consecutive seconds.
**Late response occurs when a driver is not distracted yet responds late and abruptly to a readily visible risky situation ahead.
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