Tristar urges all drivers to drive safely and save lives and money
A road safety expert from a leading integrated Logistics Solutions Provider for the oil and gas industry urged all commercial heavy duty drivers to change their driving behavior to save lives as well as money.
Tristar Group Assistant GM for Operations Arundhan Alphones spoke last Thursday, July 19, at the ‘Road Safety for Commercial Driving’ seminar organized by the Centre for Responsible Business of Dubai Chamber and disclosed that global road crashes cost USD $518 billion which is the total amount coming from 1 to 2% of individual countries’ annual GDP.
He cited statistics from the Association for Safe International Road Travel which also reported that nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year globally, on average 3,287 deaths a day.
“Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the 5th leading cause of death by 2030,” Alphones explained citing statistics from the World Health Organization.
He further said: “Road traffic injuries remain a major public health issue despite progress in a number of countries. Adherence to road safety rules is the only way that these statistics can be reduced. In this regard, Tristar plays a vital role in road safety education and puts emphasis on shaping the attitudes and behavior of drivers, whether they are from Tristar or other transport entities.”
According to the UK-based Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents or RoSPA, studies show an estimated 78% of the crashes have one form of inattention or distraction and that on average drivers engage in a distracting activity once every 6 minutes.
“We in Tristar recognize that road safety is a journey and not a destination. Therefore, we take judicious steps every day towards achieving our ‘goal zero'. We aim to ensure that everyone whose lives we touch goes home safely every day,” Alphones added.
For this summer period Tristar is implementing a specialized drivers’ training and support program to ensure that they drive safely under the hot weather in the GCC.
Alphones explained: “We have a strict working hours policy that total driving hours should be maximum 9 hours only and that maximum continuous driving should be 4.5 hours only. This summer we try to avoid driving during noontime till mid-day and we are instructing our drivers to have more frequent breaks for 15 minutes after driving for 2 hours. We also ask them to drink water every 15 to 20 minutes and take special care when temperatures are above 38ºC or during periods of high humidity.”