The SAFER rating is composed of three elements each with its own score.
1. UNSAFE DRIVING
2. MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT
3. DRIVER'S HOURS OF SERVICE
Ratings are measure from 0-100th percentile. In this case a low % score is good, and high % score is bad.
Unsafe driving is a measure of speeding tickets, lane change violations, seat belt violations, or other moving violations.
Maintenance of Equipment is a measure of equipment related violations such as running light citations, license plate light citations, brake citations, or on board safety equipment citations.
Driver’s hours of service violations represents the measure of log book violations and out of service events. This includes not totaling hours, recording total miles, not indicating the type of cargo being hauled, or hours of service violations.
The bottom line is all carriers need to take their SAFER ratings very seriously. A lower safety rating can cause your insurance renewals to double or triple on their renewal to an unsustainable level. So our best advice, is to slow down, keep everything working, and don't cheat on your log book.