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Nov 24, 2020

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Holiday travel is a big risk in 2020 against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining Justin today to discuss 2020 traffic trends and holiday travel risks and to share some tips and data is David Harkey!


David is the President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). He took the helm of the Institutes in 2018 after spending 11 years as Director of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.


In this episode, David provides tips and data around 2020 traffic trends and holiday travel risks. He shares how you can reduce the risk if you have to travel this year, what he has seen on the highways of the United States over the last 10 months, his predictions on what we’re going to learn about traffic patterns going forward, and the top two problems that continue to be pervasive in road safety today. Buckle up your seatbelt and get ready to tune in to the conversation!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:27] About today’s episode.

[:36] Current RIMS features, offerings, and events.

[1:31] More about today’s episode with David Harkey.

[2:01] Justin welcomes David to RIMScast!

[2:10] David shares about some of the data he is using/seeing that suggests on-road traffic will worsen this year due to the pandemic (and especially as we approach the holiday season).

[3:29] Have there been a rise in speeding violations correlating with the reduced traffic on the roads?

[5:16] David speaks about why it is an especially unique time to be monitoring traffic data and shares his predictions on what we’re going to learn about traffic patterns going forward.

[8:03] David shares key insights and takeaways from the article, “Crash rates for drivers in their 70s drop below those of middle-aged drivers.”

[10:58] David speaks about the two problems that continue to be pervasive in road safety: speeding and impairment. He shares how we could reduce the number of fatalities and accidents by utilizing existing technology and making changes in policies.

[14:15] David’s tips and advice David to the RIMScast audience and the greater risk management community on road safety.

[15:47] Justin thanks David for joining the podcast and shares some of the important links to look for in this episode’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Risk Forum 2020 India (December 4th & 5th) — Register Today!

RIMS ERM Conference 2020 — Access the On-Demand Sessions! — Available through January 5th, 2021

RIMS Webinar: “Reduce the Risk of Smartphone-Distracted Employees” — Dec. 1st, 2020

Webinar: RIMS Advocacy Presents: Privacy Compliance, Post Election — Register Today!

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advocacy

RIMS Advocacy Week 2020 — Roundup Coverage

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

New Audio Series: RIMS Risk Leaders

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

Download any episode of RIMScast.

Download RIMScast Coverage of Travel and Driving Risks:

“Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2020 with NSC’s Lisa Robinson” — Sept. 29th, 2020

“RIMS Advocacy Update and Driver Safety During COVID-19” — April 7th, 2020

“Safety Does Not Pause: Employee Hazards During COVID-19 with NSC President & CEO Lorraine Martin” — March 31st, 2020

“Fatigue Risk Management with NSC’s Emily Whitcomb” — March 19th, 2019

From IIHS:

News: “Drivers Let Their Focus Slip As They Get Used To Partial Automation”

Article: “Crash rates for drivers in their 70s drop below those of middle-aged drivers”

Article: “Automated systems need stronger safeguards to keep drivers focused on the road”


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