One of the biggest challenges for fleet managers? Dealing with the risks that come with distracted driving.
According to Forbes, distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents, and it’s incumbent on field service businesses to mitigate that risk to protect the bottom line. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to improve driving habits and reduce the risk of accidents.
Build Comprehensive Safety Training Programs
Creating and implementing safety training programs can help improve driver behavior and decision-making on the road. Investing in training can also increase driver confidence and reduce the risk of accidents. This can range from in-person safety training sessions to online courses that drivers can complete at their convenience. At the end of the day, training should include a focus on distracted driving, the importance of following traffic laws, and defensive driving techniques.
Deploy Advanced Monitoring Tools
Technology has made it easier to monitor driving habits accurately. Implementing monitoring tools like GPS Trackit’s VidFleet system uses the power of GPS Tracking, cameras, and telematics to generate accurate data on driving habits and behaviors. This data can be used to identify potential problems like distracted driving and address them with drivers when necessary. This can ultimately reduce the risk of accidents by promoting better driving habits.
Create Powerful Incentives
Offering incentives to drivers can be an excellent approach to encourage good driving habits on the road. This approach can range from performance bonuses to recognition programs. For example, tracking and rewarding drivers for the lowest instances of distracted driving can motivate them to maintain good driving habits and behaviors. Healthy competition in the workplace is a proven motivator, and incentivizing good driving resolutions is an excellent way to ensure safety on the road.
Commit to Driver Evaluation and Feedback
Providing regular feedback on driver behavior and performance can greatly improve driving habits. Track safety metrics for each driver, such as the number of distracted driving incidents, traffic violations, and collisions. Provide feedback on where drivers can improve and encourage good habits on the road. This not only helps the driver improve but also improves overall fleet safety.
GPS Trackit’s experienced Fleet Advisors have been helping businesses like yours keep drivers and vehicles safe–and save money—for nearly two decades. For a free, no-obligation demo customized for your application, set up a consultation today.