Fleet Safety, you know the stakes: All it takes is for one terrible mistake to severely damage your company’s reputation—and put your crews and vehicles at risk.
There’s no perfect solution, but you can tilt the odds more in your favor by implementing a comprehensive fleet safety plan. Are you doing everything you can? Check out these tips and test yourself on how you would answer that question:
Implement safety programs and training
Safety starts with education. It’s essential to implement training programs that educate drivers on safe driving techniques. Have a clear safety policy in place and review it with your drivers regularly. This can include everything from seatbelt use to avoiding distracted driving or driving under the influence. Encourage drivers to speak out about any unsafe behavior they witness while on the road. The good news? It’s never been easier to train your drivers. Fleet management software like GPS Trackit has add-on modules that offer a one-stop solution.
Regularly conduct vehicle maintenance
Well-maintained vehicles are crucial for safe driving. Regular maintenance ensures your vehicles are in good working order, reducing the risk of costly and dangerous breakdowns—and dramatically improving fuel economy. Fleet management technology gives you the power to monitor performance and maintenance in every vehicle at a glance and fix small issues before they become big ones.
Use in-cab cameras
In-cab cameras are a proven way to improve driver behavior. Installing them can reduce collision rates by up to 50 percent! GPS Trackit’s VidFleet uses artificial intelligence to proactively predict potentially distracted behavior and warn drivers before it becomes an issue. And cameras can provide valuable insight into what happened during an accident or other incident.
Promote a positive culture
Fleet safety requires a team effort. Encourage drivers to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others—and reward them when they do. Foster a positive team culture that prioritizes safety and encourages communication. Not only will you keep your drivers and equipment safe, but you’ll also improve employee retention and recruiting. The most experienced and successful drivers want to work where their skills are recognized.
Monitor and analyze data
To improve safety, you need to understand what’s happening on the road. Monitor data on accidents, violations, and near-misses. Analyze this information to identify patterns and determine areas where your fleet can improve. This could include anything from route or assignment changes, additional driver training, improved maintenance, or updated safety policies.
Want to know more about how to build a safety net for your fleet operations? Talk to an experienced Fleet Advisor today for a free, personalized demo.