Technology, it seems, is a two-edged sword. A growing number of devices are adding to driver distraction and contributing to increasing accident rates. Drivers are juggling smartphones, GPS devices, pagers, and tablets, causing them to lose focus, dangerously increasing their chance of being involved in an accident.

But there’s another side to technology that paints a more promising outlook for driver safety.

Learn three ways fleet safety is being improved with the use of technology.

1. Improving safety with better maintenance monitoring

Unsafe fleet vehicles are sometimes the result of poor maintenance. Technology is helping maintenance managers to not only keep their vehicle servicing on schedule, but also identify situations that need immediate attention. Whether it’s specific components that need replacing or an engine not operating within established parameters (e.g. overheating), managers can prevent expensive breakdowns or costly downtime.

Accurate maintenance monitoring prolongs the life of the vehicle as well as reducing asset depreciation costs, with one Telogis customer reporting an improvement of 50% per month.

Avoid under-maintained engines (which can end up seizing) or safety hazards from loose bolts or worn brakes by using technology to help you plan and maintain a servicing schedule that’s more effective, and includes instant alerts for conditions that need your immediate attention.

2. Supporting management safety initiatives

Previously, fleet owners would have a ‘hit and miss’ approach to implementing safety standards. Or it was purely reactive, responding only when an accident occurred or a complaint of poor driving was received from a member of the public.

Now managers are able to monitor their fleet in real time, receiving exception alerts for specific events that can be handled proactively, rather than waiting for it to become a bigger problem — a lawsuit, an accident or vehicle downtime.

With real-time reporting integrating into their back office systems (using Telogis API tools) driver safety initiatives can be setup to record and save to individual personnel records.

Overall trending using the Dashboard can also provide fleet owners with clear feedback on the success of various safety initiatives.

For example, a feature in Telogis Fleet offers managers an insight into the amount of time supervisors are spending with their work crews. One company used this feature to good effect, reducing safety issues by 67%.

3. Targeted safety coaching plans

Telogis can provide fleet owners with insight into a huge range of different safety metrics. Monitor key events for individual drivers including:

  • Safety belt use
  • Harsh braking/acceleration
  • Speeding
  • Unauthorized use (time or location)
  • Swerving
  • Excessive engine revving
  • Hours of Service (HOS) compliance

By reporting on individual driver performance for specific metrics, safety managers can customize coaching for mobile workers based on their actual training needs. For example, a spike in harsh braking or swerving may be an indicator of anti-social or risky driving — an unwanted situation when your name’s on the side of the truck.

By addressing specific safety issues with the drivers concerned your training becomes far more effective and efficient.

Switch on to safer technology with Telogis

Only an advanced telematics solution can provide enterprise fleet owners with a complete safety management program. Find out more about how Telogis uses technology to improve your fleet’s safety.