3 ways to make your fleet safer 

In an industry where human error is to blame for more than 90% of crashes, improving vehicle and driver safety has never been more important. There are many ways to make your fleet safer, starting with driver behavior.  

  • Identify and monitor driver behavior 
  • Correct poor driver behavior through targeted driver training
  • Develop customized driver safety policies 

Identify and monitor driver behavior 

The logical way to prevent poor driver behavior from negatively impacting your fleet’s safety is to make your employees more aware of how they drive. 

Poor driver behavior, such as harsh braking and acceleration, speeding and excessive idling, can all be managed using a fleet management solution. On-board computers track incidents that increase the likelihood of an accident, and generate reports for analysis and preventative action. 

In addition to its negative impact on fleet safety, poor driver behavior can also increase insurance premiums and the possibility of fines. Certain driving habits such as excessive speeding, braking, and accelerating too harshly increase maintenance costs (due to wear and tear) and fuel usage.  

Ultimately, how your employees drive affects your bottom line while also impacting safety. Monitoring and improving driver behavior is in the best interest of both your company and your drivers.  

Case Study

Carey Worldwide Chauffeur

Discover how Carey Worldwide Chauffeur Services reduced the number of accidents in their fleet by using telematics to monitor and improve bad driver behavior. 

We value human life above all else and this solution has certainly helped in ensuring our drivers arrive home safely every day. The MiX Telematics fleet management solution gives us a window into our fleet's performance and assists in out total cost of ownership models.

Richard Sucking - Fonterra Fleet Services Technical Manager
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Total Marketing and Services

Total invests in the safety and security of their drivers by implementing MiX Fleet Manager Premium to gain greater control of driver performance and behaviour.

Correct poor driver behavior through targeted driver training

A good fleet management solution provides vital statistics on the incidents of speed limit violations, average fuel economy, total number of brake applications and the amount of engine idling.

Based on this data, it can also help determine what type of targeted training each of your drivers require. Providing relevant, timely driver training offers a significant return on investment while also helping your drivers gain a deeper understanding of any bad habits they are engaged in and giving them the defensive driving techniques to improve it.

In addition to targeted training, telematics data can be used to generate performance scores for your drivers. These scores are perfect to use in incentive or rewards programs, and highly effective in furthering driver engagement. This approach to training is proven to increase the overall performance of fleets versus those that don’t have much buy-in from their drivers.

When you provide your drivers with the right tools and incentives to improve their behavior on the road, it strengthens fleet safety and performance. It also  saves you money by lowering insurance premiums and reducing the risk of collisions. 

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Your fleet’s safety can be vastly improved through the implementation of relevant training that highlights bad driver behaviors and gives drivers the tools to improve.

Develop customized driver safety policies 

Having a custom-developed driver safety policy in place is essential if you want to be protected against risk, ensure the safety of your drivers on the road, and safeguard against potential insurance claims in the event of an accident. It plays a vital role in the creation of a road safety culture within your organization. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the development of a successful, comprehensive driver safety policy includes: 

  • Assessing the current safety situation within the fleet;  
  • Formulating a policy based on the aforementioned assessment, and  
  • Buy-in from drivers. 

Advances in fleet management software have made it all the more easier to implement and monitor effective driver safety policies. Telematics devices monitor WHERE your vehicles are driven as well as HOW your vehicles are driven. These two important features will help you analyze current driving standards, highlight dangerous and risky behaviors, and devise methods to eradicate them in order to keep up with the safety standards created through your policies. Driver buy-in is achieved by implementing scoring and then offering incentive programs and specialized training on defensive driving using the data collected. 

A complete safety policy is essential to increasing safety awareness in your fleet. Fleet management software simplifies the process of developing one that fits your unique needs. 

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