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Teletrac Navman on heavy vehicle risk factors

New insights from Teletrac Navman reveal the most dangerous times and places to be a heavy vehicle operator in Australia. 

According to Teletrac Navman’s most recent data analysis of the Government’s Australian Road Deaths Database, Saturday is the most dangerous day to be on the road. But for truck drivers, who are bound by strict deadlines and government legislation, it is a different story. The data reveals Thursdays in Queensland are the most dangerous time for heavy vehicle operators and those who share the road with them.

Yet addressing this is obviously not as simple as ‘avoid Thursdays’, according to Teletrac Navman. These results highlight a need to consider risk factors out of a workplace’s control.

Deep dive on data
The data analysis was broken down by time of day, week and month, as well as state and territory to reveal the common threads and show the most dangerous times to be on a haul. Since 2011, there have been 1495 road fatalities involving trucks, making up over 16 per cent of all road fatalities during that time.

While New South Wales and Victoria show a higher number of fatalities than other states, in proportion with their populations, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia have a far higher percentage of truck-related deaths. With Queensland home to some of the world’s most dangerous highways, including the infamous Bruce Highway, it’s no surprise that the results reveal a higher risk compared with other parts of the country.

When it comes to timeframes, 3pm to 4pm in the afternoon was consistently the most dangerous across the nation, with 11am to 12pm a close second.

Paving a safer way
For many truck drivers, the struggle to remain compliant and stay safe during a haul is very real. It’s hardly a shock that Thursdays hold the most danger as the rush to meet end of week deliveries comes at a cost for many. When looking at the data, the question is – what can businesses do to identify and address the risks their drivers experience every day? Telematics allows organisations to conduct their own data analysis to achieve greater visibility into everyday activity and provides tools for driver education and fatigue management. With this information, businesses can make operations significantly safer, especially during busy times of year when deliveries are high priority.

If knowledge is power, then data is the key to improving safety for the transport industry. These insights will help businesses keep safety top of mind and make more informed decisions about scheduling jobs during the times and days that drivers are most at risk.

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