Accident risk increases 8.3% when a driver is fatigued and behind the wheel for more than six hours, according to Azuga.
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Accident risk increases 8.3% when a driver is fatigued and behind the wheel for more than six hours, according to Azuga.

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Accident risk increases by 8.3% when a driver is fatigued and behind the wheel for more than six hours, according to the latest safety findings from a proprietary accident risk model developed by Azuga, an industry provider of connected vehicle and fleet technologies.

The tool also identified accident surges linked to high-risk driving hours. Specifically, the findings suggest that accidents can increase by as much at 9.1% for every mile driven between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m.

Risky driver behaviors such as speeding, changing lanes without checking blind spots, and hard braking increase the risk of an accident. Azuga's latest model now leverages data to drill down and assess some of those issues and threats.

For example, the risk model findings indicate that one hard braking incident per every 100 miles driven increases the risk of a preventable accident by a whopping 16.9%.

Created to assess the level of threats for drivers, the latest analysis-based consultative solution from Azuga is designed to help fleets monitor driver behavior, reduce risk and ultimately, lower costs related to driving incidents.

The new tool leverages the combined analysis of real accident data from over 6,000 vehicles with individual Driver Scores determined based on the frequency of risky driving behaviors like hard braking, acceleration, posted speed limit violations, distraction and fatigue.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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