Drowsy Driving, Collisions and Near-Collisions Are Among Most Improved Behaviors
Lytx, a leading global provider of machine vision and artificial intelligence-powered video telematics solutions for commercial and public sector fleets, shared its second annual “State of the Data” presentation at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition (ATA MC&E), the premiere meeting for trucking professionals. Based on more than 6.2 billion miles of driving data from Lytx trucking clients this year alone, the presentation highlights noteworthy trends in truck-driving safety and concentrated areas of risk.
“For the second year in a row, we put our more than 100 billion miles of driving data under the microscope to uncover new insights at ATA MC&E that will help trucking fleets of all sizes improve safety and their bottom lines,” said Brandon Nixon, chairman and CEO of Lytx. “With the fastest-growing database of analyst-reviewed video of commercial driving behaviors in the world, Lytx is uniquely positioned to detect driving and roadway risks, as well as to identify trends and opportunities that can help save lives and improve the safety of the communities we serve.”
Lytx captured 5.5 million risky events between November 2018 to August 2019 from its trucking clients. Of those incidents, the following road segments contained the highest concentration of risk, according to Lytx’s proprietary risk-scoring system:
- Pennsylvania Route 309 intersection with Pennsylvania Route 145 and E Rock Road (Allentown, Penn.)
- Pennsylvania Route 309: East of W Emaus Avenue (Allentown, Penn.)
- Interstate 85 intersection with University Station Road (Hillsborough, N.C.)
- Interstate 84 intersection with Pennsylvania Route 435 (Dunmore, Penn.)
- Interstate 81 / Pennsylvania Route 309 intersection with E Northampton Street (Wilkes-Barre Township, Penn.)
Areas of Pennsylvania, and particularly Pennsylvania Route 309, continue to dominate in terms of risk, holding onto the title of first and second riskiest roads in the country for the second year in a row. Lytx has found the state of Pennsylvania to be the second riskiest in the country for trucking fleets in terms of number of incidents captured there, after Texas. According to Lytx’s data, the average severity of incidents captured in Pennsylvania was twice as high as that in Texas, and Pennsylvania was also found to have the most severe collisions of any state.
All five of the identified road segments, including those on PA Route 309, are near interchanges or on/off ramps, which naturally represent areas of increased risk. The sudden lane changes and rapid changes in driving speed associated with these areas tend to amplify risk, especially amongst already risky drivers.
When Lytx expanded its view from single-square-mile road segments to 60-by-60-square-mile areas, it found that trucking fleets displayed the most risk throughout greater Chicago. As a major transportation hub, and a common stop on western, eastern and midwestern routes, the area surrounding Chicago was found to be 18% more risky among trucking fleets than the next riskiest area.
“Along with the risks their own behaviors potentially pose, it’s incredibly important for drivers to be aware of the risk that exists outside their vehicles and how that risk varies throughout their journey,” said Del Lisk, vice president of safety services at Lytx. “By understanding which areas are more volatile, like specific highway ramps or cities, drivers can proceed with greater caution and employ strategies that allow them to avoid unnecessary dangers.”