Towards Better Fleet Safety Management

January 25, 2013 at 6:16 am | Posted in Vehicle policy | Leave a comment
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Fleet management has never been an easy job and the role of a fleet manager is unquestionably a challenging one. As a fleet manager, you are obviously concerned about the safety of your fleet drivers and passengers and the goods they transport from one place to another. Certainly, you would want to ensure your drivers are proactive to prevent mishaps when sitting behind the wheel and smart enough to understand your vehicle policy and follow it conscientiously.

However, one of the biggest impediments to efficient Fleet Safety Management can be distractions on the part of your drivers. Drowsiness can be another impediment! Reportedly, drivers who sleep or are distracted when behind the wheel pose a big threat to, first of all, their own life as well as the lives of all those inside the vehicle and outside on the road.

As per NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), of all the car crashes reported in year 2009, distracted driving was the underlying cause of about 20% of crashes. Furthermore, about 60% of adult drivers reported driving while drowsy in the previous year, of which 37% had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Providing your drivers with advanced driving training can alleviate the stress related to fleet safety management. The training becomes even more important in the wake of the threats associated with distractions, drowsiness, difficulty in understanding your Vehicle policy and other issues with your drivers. As part of the training, your drivers will be trained to be more proactive and alert when sitting behind the wheel. Other aspects such as defensive and eco-driving will also be covered. Visit the Drivefleet website (www.drivefleet.com ) for more information on online driver training courses.

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