ROAD CONDITIONS AFTER LOCK DOWN
2020 has been a wild ride so far. COVID 19, a mysterious virus surfaces and forces the World into ‘shelter in place’. Since the lock down began we have gone through many different experiences. One of which is the change in volumes on the road.
At first we experienced open roads. Essential employees witnessed a barren landscape of asphalt and pavement. The road was ours. Some would respect the rules as usual, others would not. As the lock down continues some drivers might take more liberties than they normally would. “It’s okay. No one is around.”
Fast forward to now. Here, in the US, there is a mixed response to opening. Some states are opening in phases. Some citizens are taking matters into their own hands. No matter where you stand on this matter one thing is for certain.
Starting May 15th there are many more people on the road. No more open roads to do what you want. People, who have been shored up for months, are now out on the road. The world is waking up and we need to be respectful of the rules and of others.
Here are some driving statistics during COVID 19. Teletrac provides a fleet software with telematic capabilities…. yada yada yada. C&P Fleet Services has no affiliation with Teletrac Navman.
Between March 13th and April 17th:
Commercial vehicle traffic decreased 20%
Number of miles driven over posted speed increased 17%
Harsh cornering events increase 15%
Failure to stop at a stop sign increase 10%
Positively, we have seen a 54% decrease in harsh braking events.
“The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Driving Behaviors”. Teletrack Navman Publish Date Not Listed. https://www.teletracnavman.com/resources/resource-library/infographics/covid-19-crisis-on-driving-behavior-infographic
How much will these statistics change with the rise of volume on our roads? The next few months of data will show us. Let us embrace our new freedom with respect for roads but most importantly, respect for each other. We are all in this together. Always Forward
Written By: Paul Norton
Owner/President, C&P Fleet Services