Help Your Commercial Drivers Avoid Distractions and Be Proactive Behind the Wheel

March 15, 2013 at 4:11 am | Posted in Vehicle policy | Leave a comment
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Every fleet manager knows that lives, costs and reputations are at stake when their commercial fleet drivers sit behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. In the wake of the fact that of all the accidents reported on the roads of America every year, many are caused because of distractions on part of the drivers. Because of this, it is important for you to consider enrolling your commercial fleet drivers in advanced driver training courses available today such as those at Drivefleet.

Fleet safety management can be accomplished much more easily if your commercial drivers are trained on how to avoid distractions when driving a commercial vehicle. As part of the training course, your commercial drivers will learn about how to overcome distractions, drowsiness and other issues when sitting behind the wheel. Your drivers can also understand your vehicle policy thoroughly, so there’s no confusion or misunderstandings. They will also learn about better speed management, right-of-way, and other important aspects of safe and proactive driving like defensive driving, aggression and emotions, and so forth.

When your fleet drivers become proactive drivers, fleet safety management is easier and more sustainable. Since the Drivefleet courses are web-based, online courses, your drivers can take the courses when it is convenient for them. Visit Drivefleet at http://www.drivefleet.com for more information about the various online advanced driver training courses they offer.

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Perils of Driver Drowsiness and the Solution- a Quick Overview

February 26, 2013 at 10:37 am | Posted in Vehicle policy | Leave a comment
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Before we talk about the solution for driver drowsiness, particularly commercial fleet drivers, let’s quickly review the perils of driver drowsiness. Driver drowsiness is a very serious issue. According to the statistics revealed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 100,000 police-reported crashes each year are caused due to driver drowsiness, resulting in over 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, besides $12.5 billion in fiscal losses. In short, drowsy drivers can be a threat on the road not only to the lives of those inside the vehicle and on the road, but also to their own lives.

Lack of sleep is one of the major reasons behind driver drowsiness. However, that’s not all! But, thanks to drowsy driver training courses such as those provided by Drivefleet, fleet managers now have tools to help their drivers avoid drowsiness and protect lives, reputations, liabilities and save costs when they sit behind the wheel. The training courses cover the various causes of driver drowsiness and how to avoid it. Also, professional driver training courses offered by Drive Fleet help drivers better understand your company’s vehicle policy. Drivers who understand your vehicle policy are able to better understand their responsibilities and job expectations.

Besides drowsy driver training, Drivefleet driving courses cover proactive driving, speed management, EcoDriving, aggressive driving, distractions, sharing the road with others, emotions and driving, intersections, right-of-way, etc. To learn more about the courses, please visit their website at http://www.drivefleet.com.

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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