An additional 36 percent more trucks are on the roads during the holidays, says Zonar, and truck companies can use logistics to keep drivers safe. To aid those decisions, the company released graphics showing the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S. for truck drivers.
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 10 most dangerous roads for truck drivers based on total accident volume between 2013-2016 are:
- I-10 in Alabama
- I-95 in Florida
- I-75 in Idaho
- I-40 in Arkansas
- US-1 in Florida
- I-20 in Michigan
- I-80 in Colorado
- I-5 in Colorado
- I-70 in Maryland
- I-35 in South Carolina
More than half the trucks involved in accidents were found to have at least one vehicle defect. 30 percent of those 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).
The increased volume of drivers on the road during the holidays are comprised of private passenger cars (23%), delivery fleets (10%) and people-carrier traffic such as rented buses and shuttles (3%).
“Look around any room and you’ll find the majority of the things you see and use are there because of the approximately 3.5 million truck drivers on the road at any given time. With more people behind the wheel during the holidays, we want to make sure everyone knows which routes require a bit more caution driving through,” says Gary Schmidt, vice president, business solutions at Zonar. “While we offer solutions that help fleets and vehicles improve their performance, stay compliant and increase efficiencies, our top priority when designing any product is to ensure that everyone on the road stays safe – whether you’re a truck driver headed cross country or a family on a road trip to Thanksgiving dinner.”