For many businesses, the time employees spend in their vehicles is one of the most dangerous part of their workday, so you’ll naturally want to do all that you can to keep your team safe. Picking the safest vehicles on the road and offering a driver safety program are just two ways you could keep your employees out of harm’s way.
The safest cars and trucks
For a list of the safest vehicles that you can buy for your business, turn to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2017 Top Safety Pick award winners.
Most new cars, minivans, pickups and SUVs performed well in a range of crash tests conducted by IIHS. The safety experts at IIHS evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness (how well a vehicle protects people in a crash) and crash avoidance and mitigation (technology that can prevent an accident or reduce its severity).
To make the list, vehicles must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint crashworthiness tests and also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To earn the highest award, Top Safety Pick+, models also must have good- or acceptable-rated headlights, which is a new test criterion that IIHS launched in 2016.
For 2017, Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus led all manufacturers, with nine models earning the Top Safety Pick+ designation. Honda and its luxury brand Acura were second among manufacturers with five vehicles on the list, including the Honda Ridgeline in the large pickup category.
In all, 38 models earned the “plus” accolade, and 44 earned Top Safety Pick honors. To check out the full list of winners, go to the source article at iihs.org.
Driver safety program
“Choosing a safe vehicle is only half the challenge,” says Laurie Woodward, a regional risk consultant with Erie Insurance. “You can buy a five-star safety rated vehicle for your fleet or business, but it’s up to the employees to drive the vehicles in a safe manner.”
A driver safety program can reduce the risks faced by your employees and protect your company’s bottom line. Erie Insurance’s risk control services can help you develop and implement fleet safety policies and training to motivate all your drivers to adopt safe driving habits. Get in touch with a local Erie Insurance agent for more details.