HOW WELLNESS AFFECTS OUR DAILY DRIVING BEHAVIORS

Did you know that your eating and sleeping habits, physical activity, and mental and physical health affect your driving behavior?

Everyone knows that keeping up with vehicle maintenance is critical to maintaining the health of our vehicles. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is just as important and could have as much influence on our ability to be a safe driver as having a safe vehicle to drive. Your health affects your performance as a driver. Driver wellness and safety is critical to preventing crashes. Ignoring driver wellness and safety may increase the risk of being in a crash.

  • Approximately 156 million full-time workers in the United States spend a majority of their waking hours at work.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among workers in the U.S.
  • Workplace health programs can reach segments of the population who otherwise might not be exposed to and engaged in public health promotion programs, campaigns and messages.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2018

LEARN HOW A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CAN INFLUENCE YOUR DRIVING BEHAVIOR

Your health affects your performance as a driver. According to the most recent information to date, U.S. traffic crashes cost employers $47.4 billion in direct crash-related expenses which include medical care, liability, lost productivity and property damage. Certain driver behaviors both on and off the job contribute significantly to these costs.

Use the Cost of Crashes App below to help determine your company’s specific cost of collisions and see why a comprehensive road safety program including a wellness module can cut down on your bottom line.

Employers can take action to encourage employees to develop and maintain their energy and vitality to be alert, aware, and to adopt safe driving behaviors through using the information and materials provided in the “Driven to Wellness” toolkit. This includes reaching a healthy weight, being more active, quitting smoking, getting to bed earlier, or starting and maintaining other habits of good health.

DRIVEN TO WELLNESS COMPONENTS

The following Driven To Wellness components have been found to have significant influence on overall health and driving habits. Materials for each of the following Driven to Wellness Topics are found by clicking below or on the tabs at the top of the page. In addition, we have compiled a Driven to Wellness Fact Sheets page to consolidate the individual Fact Sheets for each topic.