Lytx Shares New Insights on Risky Driving Trends Among Utilities Fleets

From its database of 202,000 risky driving events captured from utilities fleets in 2019, Lytx on April 28 released new insights into utilities-industry driving trends. Lytx’s findings include the five risky behaviors seen most often among utilities drivers, most improved driving behaviors, and insights on how driving habits in the utilities industry compare to those in other industries.

This data was captured from fleets of all sizes and types within the utilities industry, including cable and telecommunication fleets and oil- and gas-hauling vehicles. It is part of an ongoing series from Lytx highlighting key behavior trends seen across the nine industries that utilize
Lytx video telematics technology. The data will be released twice weekly through May 19 here.

Most Prevalent Risky Behaviors in 2019
• Near collision
• Near collision (unavoidable)
• Food/drink observed
• Following distance*
• Smoking

Most Improved Behaviors From 2018 to 2019
• Driver unbelted – improved 49%
• Cell phone observed – improved 24%
• Food/Drink observed – improved 15%

How Utilities Fleets Stack Up Against Other Industries
Lytx compared the prevalence of behaviors seen in utilities fleets against behavior averages of fleets across all its other protected industries. Comparatively, utilities fleets excelled in the following areas:
• Cell phone use, which was observed 54% less often
• Late response**, which occurred 62% less often

Utilities Collision Insight
While cell phone use is improving in the utilities industry, it remains a risk. Lytx found that driver distraction was present in 63% of rear-end collisions in this segment, with one-third of those attributed to cell phone use.

About the Data
These insights were derived from Lytx’s proprietary database of utilities driving data from 2019, including 202,000 risky utilities driving events captured last year. For comparisons across industries, Lytx calculated behavior averages from its global database, which contains driving data from trucking, distribution, concrete, construction, services, transit, government, and waste industries. Lytx maintains the fastest-growing proprietary database of professional driving data in the world, currently surpassing 120 billion miles of driving data. The data is anonymized, normalized, and in instances of behavior prevalence, generalizable to utilities fleets at large.

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