Many drivers have gotten behind the wheel drowsy after a poor night’s rest or long day and think they’re fine. The problem with drowsy driving, particularly if you drive a lot, like fleet drivers do, it can be dangerous.

As a fleet manager, it’s important you implement strategies that can help your fleet drivers to stay awake while they’re driving. It’s not hard to understand the dangers of drowsy driving since each year there are 100,000 vehicle accidents due to drowsy driving, according to the National Safety Council. Here are five ways you can help your fleet drivers stake awake while driving at night.

  1. Spread Awareness

Awareness is the perfect place to start if you’re looking to protect your fleet drivers from dosing off while driving. Spread awareness through regular fleet training and make sure your drivers know and understand the risks associated with drowsy driving.

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The Ford Full Size Pickup is the new favorite target of car thieves. In fact, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) put out a “Hot Wheels’ report that included the country’s crime data. The most stolen vehicle that made it on this list for 2019 was the Ford Full Size Pickup. And, it actually replaced the Honda Civic as being the top theft target.

This report examines theft data for vehicles the law enforcement submitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). It shows the vehicle’s model, make and model year reported the most stolen in 2019.

Here are the statistics (with 1 being the top stolen):

  1. Ford Full Size Pickup: 38,938 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2006
  2. Honda Civic: 33,220 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2000
  3. Chevrolet Full Size Pickup: 32,583 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2004
  4. Honda Accord: 30,745 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 1997
  5. Toyota Camry: 15,656 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2007
  6. Nissan Altima: 13,355 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2015
  7. Toyota Corolla: 12,137 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2018
  8. Dodge Full Size Pickup: 11,292 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2001
  9. GMC Full Size Pickup: 11,164 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2018
  10.  Honda CR-V: 10,094 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2001

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Keyless ignitions have gained much popularity in the automotive market in the past several years and you can basically find them in every vehicle from economy vehicles to luxury SUVs. They’re convenient for the car owner, but unfortunately they also make it easier for thieves to steal your vehicle. And, to make matters worse, it’s becoming cheaper to buy the devices that defeat these systems.

Vehicles with keyed-ignition are also susceptible to theft, but they provide a deterrent that’s enough to keep a lot of thieves away. With the traditional keyed ignition, you need to insert an actual physical key into the ignition cylinder and rotate it to start your vehicle.

And, modern vehicles that have keyed ignition systems offer another layer of security — immobilizer systems that look for a specific RFID chip before they allow your vehicle to be started. Now, keyless-ignition vehicles also work in the same type of manner, you need to press a button to start the vehicle instead.

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