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Safety on the Road

  • In 2013 alone, motor vehicle crashes claimed 35,500 lives; some of these fatalities involved people who drive for a living. According to Injury Facts 2015, the Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road include:

    1. Alcohol (30.8%)
    2. Speeding (30%)
    3. Distracted driving (26%)

    Defensive Driving Safety Training


    Nobody knows driver safety training like the people who pioneered it more than 50 years ago. The National Safety Council created the first defensive driving course in 1964 and has been the leader in driver safety training ever since. NSC offers many options for defensive driving safety training for employees who are on the roads day in and day out. Select a Defensive Driving Course.

  • Paving the Way to Safer Roads

    ​​With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.

    Learn why distracted driving, regardless if it's hands-free or handheld, is a dangerous threat to roadway safety.

  • Multitasking Lie 
  • Educating Teen Drivers

    ​For teens just learning to drive, car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death - mostly due to inexperience. Graduated Driver Licensing systems are proven to reduce crashes involving teen drivers by as much as 40%, minimizing common risks such as passenger distraction, nighttime driving and cell phone use.

    Find more resources to help keep teen drivers safe.

  • Employers are Taking Action

    Millions of people drive as part of their jobs. Some are professionally trained drivers, many are not. If a job does not primarily involve driving, the employee often does not receive the same kind of safety management or engagement in driving safety that others may get.  

    Employers need to manage the safety of their employees on the roads, just as they manage other risks in the workplace. Start with an understanding of keeping employees safe. The NSC Journey to Safety Excellence incorporates leadership and employee engagement, risk management, safety management systems and measurement.

    Off-the-job crashes account for 80% of employer crash-related health benefit costs, and half of crash-related injuries cause employees to miss work. According to Injury Facts, the average economic cost due to a crash was more than $1 million per death and more than $78,000 per nonfatal disabling injury.  Employers pay significant costs associated with off-the-job crashes, including decreases in employee health, well-being, and productivity, and increases in lost time from work and insurance costs.

    To prevent motor vehicle crashes involving their employees on and off the job, employers should:

    • Apply principles of the Journey to Safety Excellence
    • Engage employees to understand the risks they face while driving, take action to address the risks and implement measures to track progress
    • Offer defensive driving courses and other training specific to the risks faced
    • Offer programs for employees with alcohol or prescription or illegal drug problems
    • Enact a corporate cell phone policy to prevent all cell phone use behind the wheel
    • Enact a policy that requires employees to wear seat belts
    • Ask NSC experts to assess your organization's road safety systems, and help design and execute a program


  • Help Save a Life

    ​With your help, we can educate and change unsafe behaviors. Donate to NSC and become a Friend of Safety today.

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