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Changing the Publics Opinion on Commercial Truck Drivers

It is no secret that the roads are more dangerous than ever.  With smart phones and other distractions, the highways have become more accident prone and unfortunately for commercial truck drivers, the public opinion has shifted the blame towards them.  

Earlier this year, Verizon Connect conducted a survey by Wakefield Research in hopes to find an insight onto how the general public views commercial truck drivers.  The survey included 1,000 adults, who were asked a variation of questions regarding road safety.  While only 3% of all severe crashes in the US involve commercial vehicles, the survey found that 83% of drivers of passenger vehicles believed they posed less of a risk than truck drivers.  Unfortunately, that was not the only skewed result found throughout the survey.  Although only 70% of truck involved fatal crashes take place on roads other than the interstate, the majority believed more accidents occurred on interstate highways. 

While these results are subjective, the reasoning behind the misconceptions were said to have been formed by past experiences of the respondents.  So, what does that mean for truck drivers and our safety on the roads?  With these findings, Verizon Connect has incorporated many of these issues within their integrated video system in hopes to help fleet managers improve safety.  The new system features “speed overlay,” allowing fleets to view the speed of the vehicle directly within the video clip.

 

“Smart video monitoring and other emerging artificial intelligence and IoT technologies are helping commercial drivers stay safe on the road and protect themselves in the event of any incident,” aid Kevin Aries, head of global product success at Verizon Connect. (Abt, 2019)

With these new advancements, we will be able to collect new data on commercial truck drivers, creating a safer place on the road for both truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles.

  

 

Source:

Abt, N. (2019, October). Survey Shows Public’s Skewed View of Commerical Drivers. Retrieved from https://www.trucker.com

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