One of the greatest responsibilities of a fleet manager, or fleet management companies, is to ensure the health and safety of their assets, whether it be the vehicles being leased or the drivers that they deploy. If the risk to their vehicles and drivers can be minimized, then the business will continue to be productive and it may even improve the bottom line. Here are a few strategies that fleet companies use to prevent road accidents.
No Mobile Phone Policy
Some fleet management companies enforce policies against in-vehicle mobile phone use to maintain the driver’s focus on the road and significantly reduce the chance of getting into a vehicular accident due to distracted driving. It also lessens the stress while driving and it helps them make better decisions behind the wheel. No call is that important that lives could be put at risk.
The quality of drivers can vary widely so many critical factors need to be assessed when looking at applicants applying to become drivers. Aside from the mandatory driver’s history checks there should be an examination of their attitudes and skills to filter out the good drivers from the bad ones. Successful candidates should then undergo an orientation program because it is crucial to enforcing a quality standard that would be expected from their drivers. It should cover everything from driver safety policies, learning the latest handbooks, and establishing performance expectations. The drivers should learn the company’s driving policies to determine the kind of behaviour that’s expected of them. If there are potential risks identified with a certain driver, they should offer targeted training to correct the problem. On occasion, implementing short seminars on defensive driver training should be given to motivate complacent drivers and keep the focus on the best practices.
Prioritize Health and Wellness
Maintaining the drivers’ health and wellbeing are also part of the risk reduction process. A good system should be in place to regularly check in on issues like fatigue, substance use, and eyesight handicaps to ensure drivers are in the appropriate state of health prior to getting behind the wheel.
Properly Maintain Vehicles
The vehicles in the fleet should also be subjected to risk reduction management because if this is neglected, a crash resulting from a poorly maintained vehicle could cost the fleet management companies money and their reputations. Crash prevention is therefore a continuous process. Regular maintenance and using telematics to monitor vehicle health would go a long way in safeguarding their rentals from unforeseen breakdowns and accidents.
Telematics sensors are also great at collecting an enormous amount of data on an individual driver. That information can be used to guide drivers to become better at their job. This data pulled from multiple telematics devices can be used to construct a detailed profile of a driver based on certain parameters like speeding, rapid acceleration, harsh braking and cornering.
It may be necessary to perform an annual gap analysis to examine changes in government regulations or new technologies like autonomous vehicles. These advancements and changes bring new challenges so it is vital for the fleet manager to make a detailed risk assessment of these changes and develop ways of reducing the risks. Managing risk is something every fleet manager should become accustomed to because both their drivers and vehicles form the lifeblood of their fleet company.
Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email Steve Gruber at email@example.com for your truck or fleet rental, leasing and maintenance needs. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of work vehicles for lease or rent, and an expert team that provides fleet management services for large industrial firms. We service all of Southern Ontario from our locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara, as well as through our growing list of service partners