March 2017 News Letter

SPEEDING

There are three types of speeding – all dangerous:

  1. Low level – here a driver travels just over the speed limit – usually by 5km/hr (3.11mph). This is the most common form of speeding.
  2. Excessive – deliberate and well over the speed limit
  3. Inappropriate – travelling a speed too fast for the conditions, such as when the road is wet or slippery.

If you speed:

  1. you have less time to avoid crashes
  2. you have less control over the vehicle
  3. it lengthens your stopping distance
  4. it increases the likelihood of crashing and
  5. increases the severity of the crash

While some think speeding gets them to where they are going quicker – research shows that time savings from travelling 5km/hr (3.11 mph) over the limit, even for relatively long distances, is small.

  1. Travelling 65km/hr (40.39 mph) in a 60km (37.28 mph) zone would only save 46 seconds over a 10km (6.21 mile) stretch of road if travel is not affected by other cars and traffic.

Research shows that even a small change in speed can make a big difference in road trauma.

Consider this:

  1. a car travelling at 60km/hr (37.28 mph) will take 45m (0.03 miles) to stop in an emergency braking situation
  2. a car breaking from 65km/hr (40.39 mph), in the same situation, will still be moving at close to 32km/hr (19.88 mph) after 45m (0.03 miles) travelled.

The Road Accident Research Unit of the University of Adelaide found:

  1. the risk of involvement in a casualty doubles with each 5km/hr (3.11 mph) increase in free travelling speed above 60km/hr (37.28 m/hr) and
  2. a 5km/hr (3.11 mph) reduction in speed can lead to at least 15% decrease in crashes.

Unfortunately, there is a part of the community that believes low level speeding is acceptable, namely males. TAC research showed in 2012:

  1. 21% of males thought they should not be booked for less than 10km/hr (6.21 mph) over the speed limit and
  2. 23% of males didn't agree that speeding significantly increased the chance of crashing.

 

http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/about-the-tac/media-room/blogs/articles/the-facts-on-speeding

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

As the adage goes, “You are what you eat.”—which means unhealthy food leads to unhealthy people.

An unbalanced diet and poor nutrition can contribute to the following health problems:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Stroke
  3. Hypertension
  4. Gout
  5. Obesity 

Nearly 35 percent of adults are obese—which, in turn, can increase the risks of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

The most effective way to minimize many of these health risks is to encourage your employees to adopt healthy, well-balanced diets. Good nutrition can positively affect their performance through the following ways:

  1. Increased productivity
  2. Increased mental cognition and focus
  3. Reduced anxiety, stress and depression

 

Activities to Promote Wellness

In order to achieve a well-balanced diet, there are two key ingredients: controlling portion size and choosing the best foods. To help your employees make healthy, nutritious meal decisions, consider taking these steps:

  • Order healthier options for lunch meetings and company events. Buffets provide your employees with the ability to decide what and how much to put on their plates.
  • Schedule a nutritional lunch seminar where a dietitian or physician educates your employees on the importance of a well-balanced diet and the methods of maintaining healthy eating habits.

A Well-balanced Diet Can Lead to a More Productive Workforce

On average, medical costs for an individual who is obese is $1,429 higher than an individual who maintains a well-balanced diet. A healthy diet can provide your employees with the energy and focus to be productive and efficient throughout the entire day.

 

 

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