Lytx, a provider of video telematics, analytics, and safety solutions for commercial and public sector fleets, recently shared its State of the Data presentation at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition. Based on 100 billion miles of driving data, the presentation focuses on truck-driving safety, risk factors, and behaviors.

Lytx identified correlations between specific risky driving behaviors and the likelihood of those behaviors resulting in a collision. Here are the top ten driving behaviors correlated to a driver experiencing a collision in the next 90 days:

  1. Collision
  2. Blank stare
  3. Drowsy driving
  4. Driver not wearing seatbelt
  5. Late response
  6. Failed to keep an out (the driver cut it unnecessarily close to another vehicle, person, or object)
  7. Near collision
  8. Near collision (unavoidable)
  9. Aggressive driving
  10. Falling asleep

“Behind the wheel, even risky behaviors that may seem limited to just the driver–such as not wearing a seatbelt–can have real, quantifiable correlations to getting involved in a collision that can result in serious injury, loss of life and damage to an individual and company’s reputation and equipment,” says said Del Lisk, vice president of safety services at Lytx, in a release. “Insight into the relationship between risky driving behaviors and getting into a collision are invaluable for the trucking industry to consider as they prioritize and focus coaching efforts on the behaviors that will have the most impact in reducing collisions and improving overall safety within their fleet.”

Lytx trucking-industry data shows top riskiest days of the week and times of day for North American truck drivers between January and September 2018 were:

  1. Day of the week with most collisions: Wednesday (peak between 2 – 4 am)
  2. Time of day with most collisions: Overnight (11 pm – 5 am)
  3. Day of week with most near collisions: Friday
  4. Time of day with most near collisions: Afternoon (1 pm – 5 pm)
  5. Day of week with least collisions: Monday

“There is a distinct difference between collision and near-collision trends,” says Ryan Brandos, a Lytx data analyst, who presented the findings. “Collisions occur more frequently at night. We see those same drivers avoid contact during the afternoon hours, resulting in more near collisions during the day.”