The holiday season usually sees a 36-percent increase of vehicles on the road. With higher traffic, changing weather conditions and decreased sunlight due to Daylight Savings ending, truck drivers and anyone planning to get on the road this winter are at even more risk of getting into an accident.
Knowing which stretches of road are the most dangerous for trucks (in terms of total accidents) can help operators and fleet managers potentially decrease their chances of getting into an accident and help keep other drivers safe – by adjusting their routes or schedules, varying driving times and loads, or increasing inspections and checkpoints.
According to the US Department of Transportation, the top ten most dangerous roads for truck drivers based on total accident volume between 2013-2016 are:
Additional findings from Zonar, the smart fleet management technology, include:
- The increased volume of drivers on the road during the holidays consists of passenger cars (23%), delivery fleets (10%) and people-carrier traffic such as rented buses and shuttles (3%).
- More than half the trucks involved in accidents were found to have at least one vehicle defect; 30 percent of these were found to be directly caused by equipment failure including brake, tire, light, and transmission failure as well as vehicle overload.
- Adverse weather caused 14.7 percent of accidents, with rain as the most common cause (72.6 percent) as well as fog (12.5 percent) and snow (10.12 percent).