Risk Avoidance Strategies

There are two broad ways that motor carriers can improve the safety of their operations. One is to improve the safety performance of their individual "assets" - that is, drivers and vehicles. Improving the safety performance of individual drivers and vehicles almost inevitably involves resource expenditures, such as spending more time and money on driver selection, training, management oversight, or vehicle safety equipment. These are proven ways to enhance safety. Another method is to deploy the same assets in ways that minimize risk and increase opportunities for successful performance. This might be considered analogous to the decisions a football coach makes on game day. The potential performance capabilities of individual "assets" (players) are largely established before the game, but the coach's lineup decisions and plays called during the game greatly affect team success. These methods do not primarily involve increased resource expenditures, but rather resource deployment decisions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project MC-22

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590

    Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Start Date: 20100327
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25643

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01546048
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project MC-22
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 2 2014 1:01AM