Driving might be something that most of us do every day, but it is still one of the riskiest career choices out there. Most companies who manage a fleet will understand that driver safety is one of the biggest priorities in this department. In addition to keeping valued members of staff safe on the road, safe driving is essential for all fleets when it comes to company success and reputation. There should always be strict policies, rules and programs available for fleet drivers to adhere to at all times in order to uphold strong safety standards and keep risks to a minimum in this type of workplace.
#1. Smart Fleet Technology:
Gone are the days of the past where fleet managers had to rely on drivers checking in periodically to find out where they were, how they were doing and if anything had gone wrong on the road. Today, smart fleet technology like the innovative system from FleetGO makes it easier than ever to stay up to date with the progress of all your fleet drivers at any time. Real-time vehicle tracking allows you to know the location of any drivers at any given time and you can use the green driving feature to help your drivers better understand how to improve their driving in an environmentally friendly way. Remote diagnostics allow you to get a handle on any vehicle malfunctions as soon as they begin.
Getting the right insurance for your fleet is all part and parcel of fleet safety. The right insurance policy will be a legal requirement for your business and, without it, you’re not only putting your employees at risk, but also everyday road users. Find an insurance policy that covers everything from financial losses to your company in the event of a road traffic accident, or in the event of vandalism or theft of your fleet vehicles or their contents when they are not in use. And make sure that your insurance cover is fully comprehensive so that you are covered no matter what.
#3. Road Safety Commitment:
As a company, it’s important to make sure that you are leading the way when it comes to road safety, by ensuring that everybody in your organisation is working together to ensure that it is taken seriously. Regularly visit the subject of road safety with your drivers through refresher training courses and make sure that any road safety complaints or instances are dealt with efficiently. Whilst professional fleet drivers will always have safety at the forefront of their mind, you might want to consider incentivising your drivers to be even safer by running competitions around safety targets.
#4. Identifying Risks:
Last but not least, risk identification should be something that is done every day. Make sure that drivers know they can communicate any risks openly, whether they are worried about their own safety driving on little sleep or have a concern about the vehicle that they are driving. Honesty, approachability, and open communication is key to ensuring all risks are dealt with swiftly.
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