As a fleet manager you can take important steps to improve driver safety including driver training, good maintenance on vehicles and implementing safety policies and procedures.
These controls help your employees and your business to maintain high safety records and safe working conditions.
However, when your fleet vehicles actually go out into the field you are reliant on the driver’s skills and willingness to follow your safety guidelines.
Also too you don’t know if there are safety concerns unless either there is an actual accident or your driver reports problems to you.
Ideally a driver and vehicle monitoring system can give you that required information and allow you to assist your drivers quickly if needed.
Technology such as GPS trackers with engine monitoring can provide that useful safety information and control.
Track vehicle locations and respond quicker to potential dangerous situations
Knowing the exact location of each of your fleet vehicles is one way to improve safety.
So that if one of your drivers has an accident, or a breakdown, or even if they don’t answer their mobile phone and you are concerned about them, you can instantly find out where their vehicle is. If there is a problem you can respond quickly by having someone nearby check up on the stranded vehicle (and driver).
(example: stranded driver on Dandos Road. Their current location will show on a live tracking system map)
Monitor driving behaviour
With live tracking you can monitor any speeding by your drivers and if their vehicle is being driven roughly (i.e. harsh braking or hard acceleration).
Monitoring metrics can also include speeding, long periods of engine idling, late start times, longer stop times or even if the driver has taken the vehicle on private journeys.
Live tracking with the addition of engine data monitoring can also provide RPM information. High RPMs could indicate driving style issues.
Driving behaviour information can be provided to you live or recorded for later driver evaluation and review.
Verify driver status with RF identification
Keeping your fleet vehicles safe means ensuring that only properly trained and licensed drivers are allowed access to the assets.
With GPS trackers and the RFID ability you control who can access the vehicle with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
Also RFID gives you the ability to ‘match’ the driver to the driving behaviour reports.
Safety in the field
Safety is essential while vehicle drivers are performing their jobs and with GPS tracking devices you can integrate an additional level of safety.
GPS tracking devices give you the added controls you need to maintain a safe workplace no matter where your drivers and vehicles are operating.