June 28, 2019
Aaron Huff, CCJ
In celebration of National Safety Month, Azuga, a provider of connected vehicle and fleet technologies, shared data that shows the nation’s top ten safest states for fleet drivers. The company ranked the safest states by leveraging six months of its Driver Score data, which is a key component of the Azuga’s technology for monitoring and improving driver behavior.
According to Azuga’s findings, the three safest states for fleet drivers are Iowa, Hawaii and Wyoming, which all earned an average Driver Score of 86 or above out of a possible score of 100. The top ten states and their cumulative Driver Scores include:
GalaxyOne Marketing, located in number-one ranked Iowa, uses the insights from Azuga’s technology to reinforce safe driving habits throughout their fleet.
“With over 170 vehicles on the road, Azuga’s easy-to-use technology has empowered our drivers to use safe driving practices without compromising efficiency and efficacy. The outcome is a positive impact on both safety and profitability,” said Brian Fickel, GalaxyOne’s fleet manager.
When Driver Scores are combined with other offerings by Azuga such as the company’s Driver Rewards program and the FleetMobile app, the company says that fleet-based businesses have been able to reduce accident rates by up to 70%.
“Drivers are a fleet-based business’ biggest asset, which is why ensuring driver safety needs to be a top priority for all fleet owners and managers,” said Ananth Rani, CEO and co-founder. “We believe that by equipping our customers nationwide with tools like Driver Scores and Driver Rewards to promote a safe driving culture, drivers will have a positive impact, not only on the bottom line, but on keeping the roads safe in the communities where these drivers live and work.”
To determine the safest states in America, Azuga’s data science team aggregated over 3.6 million driver behavior datasets from its GPS fleet tracking devices from January 1 to May 31, 2019 across the United States. This data was then converted into Driver Scores using a weighted average of speed limit violations, speeding, sudden acceleration, hard braking, idling, seat belt usage and other driving behaviors for 51,134 drivers across the country using Azuga’s telematics solutions.
Original news item appeared in: www.ccjdigital.com