Put Your Drivers in Safe Hands
with Vehicle GPS Tracking
To reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities, put your drivers in safe hands with vehicle GPS tracking to monitor driver behavior, provide the best emergency response resources, and maintain safer vehicles.
According to the Occupation Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) white paper, The Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all ages. Crashes on the job and off the job have far-reaching financial and psychological effects on employees, their coworkers and families, and their employers.
To help reduce risk for their mobile workforces, businesses across the country are turning to technology like vehicle GPS tracking to enhance their safety protocols. Vehicle GPS tracking software provides a wide range of information and analysis to help improve fleet performance across the board, from productivity and fuel efficiency to driver and vehicle safety.
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Write Driver Polices Around Safety
Written safety policies are the foundation of a safety program. After all, how will drivers know what’s expected if it’s never presented to them?
Before you start holding employees accountable with vehicle GPS tracking data, you need to lay some groundwork as to how, when, and why the information will be used. It’s highly recommended to put regulations in place around the use of vehicle GPS tracking so employees are aware from the beginning.
Best Practices When Putting Safety in Ink
Clearly present the use of vehicle GPS tracking data to measure performance and monitor compliance. When the time comes to hold employees accountable, there could be backlash about tracking their vehicles without their knowledge.
Drivers should always receive coaching from management. Penalties might range from strikes that lead to loss of driving privileges to termination. Whatever they may be, drivers should be made aware before ever operating a company vehicle.
Creating a culture of safety is key to the broader acceptance of the policy. Safety policies should be embraced at every level of the organization, from executives, managers, and supervisors to every driver in the company.
Have the Best Tools to React When They Do
You can create safety guidelines, coach drivers, and use all the fleet technology out there, but sometimes accidents just happen. Whether it be a vehicle collision, natural disaster, severe weather, or if an employee gets stuck in a remote location without access to their cell phone, it is important to have the resources in place to react quickly during emergencies.
Fast Emergency Response
Identify First Responders
Safety in Action
One of your drivers getting stuck in a remote area without access to their cell phone or no cell service seems like a pretty far-fetched scenario, right? If only that were true. Just ask GPS Insight customer, Rural Electric Cooperative (REC). They wanted a way for their linemen to call for help should an emergency arise. They were thinking of a panic button, which is not a standard feature in most GPS tracking platforms.
GPS Insight worked with REC to develop this new functionality and it paid off. Just months after implementing GPS Insight, a lineman was in a raised bucket working on a line in an area with very dry brush and rampant wild fires, when the line sparked and set fire to the brush below. The fire quickly spread to his truck, setting it on fire. He was able to get down but when he did, the cab was engulfed in flames and his cell phone was in there too. In this instance, having a panic button helped prevent a dangerous situation from becoming a tragic one.
Maintain Safer Vehicles
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43% of critical pre-crash events that cause vehicle accidents are attributed to tire failure.
Staying on top of preventative services, like tire rotations, is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents with vehicle GPS tracking. The software’s maintenance module will automatically track run time and odometer readings, then send reminders when services like tire rotations and balancing, oil changes, emissions testing, or any other types of services are due to be completed. It is recommended to send maintenance alerts to management and drivers to ensure vehicles and equipment receive necessary services as soon as possible.
Although automated maintenance reminders are effective, a service may still slip through the cracks here and there. To proactively monitor overdue services, management should get in the habit of viewing scheduled maintenance reports. These reports should be available on-demand or can be automated by email on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Any outstanding services will be flagged in red on the report so managers can take action and get them completed right away.
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