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August 28, 2013
Good news—those chips you love are delivered by safe drivers!

Frito-Lay North America recently recognized 94 over-the-road drivers who have driven more than 1 million, 2 million, or 3 million miles without an accident.

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The snack food giant, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, says its million milers have high-caliber safety skills honed through training and adherence to good driving behaviors. Fleet safety director Bill Simkins explained, “Our drivers complete extensive driver training and skills development, and consider safety to be their number one priority.”

On average, it takes a Frito-Lay driver about 12 years to reach the million-mile mark. More than 600 of them are currently on the road.

Test your knowledge about driver fatigue

Whether you have one company car or operate an entire fleet, helping your drivers stay alert and awake on the road is essential. Check out the following sleep facts provided by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).

  • Stimulants are no substitute for sleep. Drinks like coffee or cola can help you feel more alert, but the effects last only briefly.
  • An open window or the radio has no lasting effect on your ability to stay awake.
  • Sleep is not like money. You can’t save it up ahead of time and you can’t borrow it. But you can go into sleep debt.
  • The average person needs 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Males under 25 are at greatest risk of falling asleep. Half of the victims of fatigue-related crashes are under 25.
  • Wandering, disconnected thoughts are a warning sign of driver fatigue.
  • During a “micro-sleep” episode of 4 or 5 seconds a car can travel 100 yards, plenty of time to cause a serious crash.

Learn more at the NETS website,

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