Owning and managing a fleet is a big responsibility, especially when it comes to safety. Commercial fleets have a high percentage of accidents each year, so implementing measures to improve fleet and driver safety becomes necessary to manage challenges on the road.
A fleet driver travels very long distances, covering thousands of miles, which means that they are more exposed to risks than the average driver. Fleet managers must prioritize the safety of drivers and find solutions to avoid the substantial costs associated with accidents.
Here are five ways to improve fleet and driver safety:
1. Preventive Maintenance of Vehicles
Routine vehicle maintenance prevents accelerated vehicle wear and tear, saves money and improves driver safety. A vehicle maintenance plan should be implemented, and drivers should report any vehicle issues they notice while driving so the vehicle can be pulled for maintenance;
2. Driving Behavior Monitoring
Identifying risky driving patterns is vital for increasing drivers’ performance and for correcting behaviors that may pose a risk to the safety of drivers, fleets, and other road users. The use of a dash camera that films the road and the driver at the same time, such as the idrive AI Cam, becomes a valuable tool for evaluating driving behaviors;
3. Good Communication Between the Fleet Manager and Drivers
Having a driver training program is only half of the equation, it provides you with the tools to identify risky driving habits. However, you cannot have a successful safety or training program without communication between fleet managers and drivers. Having the ability to have good and open conversation with your drivers is the key to identifying, changing and improving driver behavior and driver safety;
4. Integration of Modern Technology in Fleet Management
For many years dash cameras were used solely as “crash cams” to capture accidents. Now dash cameras are used to actively prevent and stop accidents from happening. With the integration of modern technology like Artificial Intelligence and In-Cab feedback drivers can now be given accurate and precise data when they are being coached. Fleet Managers and drivers can also receive feedback in real-time;
5. Real-Time Tracking and In-Cab Feedback
Tracking your fleet in real time is a good way to keep track of your vehicles and get alerts of extremely risky driving behaviors. In-Cab alerts allow drivers to be corrected in real time and safety managers to be alerted of behaviors like distracted & drowsy driving, speeding and safe distance warnings immediately before an accident occurs.
The key to improving fleet and driver’s safety consists largely of identifying and correcting poor driving behaviors in a timely manner. This can be achieved with the integration of modern technology and artificial intelligence that can provide you easy to digest data right at your fingertips.