1. Written policies and procedures. A comprehensive and enforceable set of traffic safety policies should be created and shared with all employees. Having clear expectations will help set your employees up for success!
2. Management commitment. As with any initiative, leadership support of the program helps promote company-wide buy-in. Try to find creative ways to educate employees on your safety policies and make sure upper management is involved in communicating safety procedures.
3. Screening and selecting drivers carefully. This can help create a reliable and safe team. Establish clear hiring standards and a thorough screening process for anyone who drives on company business.
4. Identifying all of your drivers. Businesses may be aware of who their drivers are, but not always specifically when, or what vehicle, they are driving. Being able to identify everyone who drives on behalf of the business and which vehicle they are driving is crucial to monitoring driver behavior and addressing dangerous driving habits.
5. Training drivers. This can help to ensure that all drivers understand vehicle safety policies and procedures. All drivers should have access to information on safe driving strategies and techniques, including instruction in defensive driving. Driver safety training and communication should be provided on an ongoing basis. Even experienced drivers benefit from repeated training and reminders!
6. Managing drivers on an ongoing basis. This is essential in helping to ensure that drivers are following fleet safety rules and driving safely. Using information collected from a field resource management tool is a great way to access and manage this information.
7. Managing accidents, when they occur. This can help mitigate accident costs. It also helps you to understand your exposures and can reduce the potential for future losses. Establish a reporting and investigation process that works in the same way your general accident reporting process does. All crashes, regardless of outcome or severity, should be reported to a supervisor as soon as feasible.
8. Formalizing a plan for vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance. This can help reduce costly, unexpected breakdowns, and can assist in avoiding accidents due to faulty equipment. FieldLogix provides users with a Vehicle Vitals report to monitor fluid levels, MPG’s, your check engine light, and the GPS device’s health.
9. Rewards and incentives. A driver reward/incentive program can help make safe driving part of your business culture. Employees should understand that safe driving behaviors contribute to the bottom line. Pizza party anyone?!
This all sounds great, but how can a fleet manager keep track of all this?! We’re glad you asked…
FieldLogix is currently developing a new suite of features to help promote safety and assists managers in catching and preventing future dangerous driving habits and behavior. With our upcoming features, managers can now better compare the safety of each individual driver to benchmarks and much more. Stay tuned (and stay SAFE)!