A fleet of cars is a statement in many ways. At the heart of every fleet are the drivers that get the cars from A to B. But fleet managers everywhere know that while driver safety is paramount, it is never guaranteed.
There are hundreds of ways fleet drivers can get injured at work, some of which involve damaging the fleet itself. Losing a single driver to avoidable accidents or injuries is unacceptable. The best and most effective methods for guaranteeing driver safety in a fleet are these below:
Monitor the drivers’ movements in real-time
The best way for fleet managers to truly protect their drivers is by monitoring their every movement while on the job. Any form of trouble drivers get into while working can harm them and the fleet, so it helps to have real-time knowledge of where they are and what they are doing.
In case of danger in an upcoming stop, the drivers can be warned and asked to turn back. Fleet managers can start by employing GPS tracker apps on each driver’s mobile phone. Alternatively, drivers can turn on their location and geo-tagging settings to stay visible on the map. This allows the drivers to be monitored remotely and inexpensively.
The Phone Tracker app is a popular alternative for fleet managers. It uses GPS and tracks down the driver to every last location he visited, accompanied by time stamps. It is safe and legal to use, but the manufacturers request that it be installed on the driver’s phone with his knowledge.
Enforce regular vehicle maintenance processes
A driver can never be safe if his car is in poor shape. Fleet managers can keep their drivers safe by making sure every car in the fleet is safe to drive. The best way to achieve this is by enforcing regular vehicle maintenance processes according to a schedule.
If the tools and skill sets required for this task are not available in-house, experts should be hired for the task. A car with faulty parts exposes even the most skilled driver to the risk of accidents and irreparable harm every second.
Monitor each driver’s behavior with telematics
Almost every fleet uses tracker software for each car to guarantee safety. This level of monitoring works just as well for keeping drivers safe on the job. Fleet managers can employ telematics to protect their drivers and cars in one simple swoop.
The process involves monitoring aspects such as routes taken, driver behavior, driving time per driver per route, individual driver speed and more. The data collected over time on these aspects can be used to tweak work schedules for drivers to boost their productivity and safety on the job.
Ensure every driver understands the fleet’s safety protocols
It’s mandatory among most fleet companies for every fleet driver to undergo a basic training exercise at the start of their work program and during scheduled intervals in between. It’s during this training exercise that drivers are introduced to the safety protocols of the fleet.
Over time, drivers may forget a few things. For their own safety, fleet drivers need to schedule refresher training sessions for drivers found to have forgotten these safety protocols. Drivers must also be tested regularly to gauge their memory of these protocols.
Retraining programs for drivers
Drivers are human and they can forget or make mistakes. To eliminate the numerous safety risks for drivers that come with working with half the required skillset, fleet managers can schedule retraining programs for any drivers that prove to be performing poorly over a long period of time.
Data from the telematics process on time taken per route, speed used and other analytics form the basis upon which performance is calculated. Drivers that underperform base standards should get retrained for their own safety.