Mabry outlined the steps fleet managers can take to implement a successful wellness program, including offering physical and clinical testing, health education, accessible health clinics and exercise coaching and monitoring. Information from DrivingHealthy.org also was highlighted as it is a resource drivers can easily access, with updated information on maintaining a driver medical card, developing an exercise regimen, and making healthy food choices on the road.Distracted Driving & Effective Use of Safety TechnologyAnother theme covered in the workshops was the impact of technology on CMV safety. Dr. Jeffrey Hickman, a specialist in behavior-based safety research at VTTI, focused on ways that trucking operations can minimize distraction. He suggested training and education, establishing a policy defining distractions and the consequences for each, securing management buy-in, onboard safety monitoring systems, and crash avoidance systems as tools to assist in curbing the distracted driving issue. “Drivers need to be educated about the dangers of distracted driving and which activities are considered distractions,” Hickman said. “If drivers engage in distracted driving after training and education, this suggests a motivation deficit. This is when a distracted driving policy or other technologies should be considered.” Dr. Gregory M. Fitch, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at VTTI, discussed trends in safety technologies available for CMVs. According to Fitch, 78 percent of crashes involve a driver not looking forward at the onset of the lead vehicle braking. Forward Collision Warning systems with active braking can direct drivers’ attention back to the road to avoid an incident. These systems are now even able to fully stop a truck if the driver fails to do so. Hours of Service Regulations & Sleep RequirementsDarrell S. Bowman, group leader for Advanced Systems & Applications in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at VTTI, also discussed risks associated with driver drowsiness and fatigue and suggested ways to monitor and manage the problem, including maintaining more predictable work hours, getting adequate sleep before driving, taking rest breaks and naps and utilizing an online fatigue management program for drivers. Susan Soccolich, a VTTI statistician, discussed fatigue and the new hours-of-service (HOS) rules. Driver drowsiness, HOS research and the safety impact of HOS regulations are among the reasons for the recent change in rules. Soccolich showed the benefits for drivers and companies using new technology such as Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) to help the driver stay awake, alert, and compliant with the latest regulations. For more information, access to the Roadmap to Transportation Safety and tools to help manage driver risks, please visit www.Travelers.com. About TravelersThe Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $26 billion in 2012. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.