Creating a Culture of Fleet Safety to Protect Employees and Business

Source: Automotive Fleet

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the average vehicle accident costs an employer $16,500 in medical care, property damage, legal expenses, and lost productivity. An average of around 20% of fleet vehicles are involved in some form of crash each year. And, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), motor-vehicle-related accidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in America. This is obviously an important topic and fleet managers need ways to figure out to make their companies’ fleets safer.

Fleet driver safety is not just the driver’s responsibility but also that of the employer. If an employee drives for work, health and safety laws apply, just as in any other workplace. Focusing on driver safety management is not just good policy, it’s good business, and it can help you maintain cost effectiveness as well. Understandably, it can be challenging to think about all of the things you need to do to maintain a safe working environment for your fleet drivers. Here are a few tips to help keep your workforce safe on the road.

Invest in Vehicle Safety

Selecting vehicles that are rated highly for safety, properly maintaining them, and routinely inspecting vehicles are all an important part of preventing accidents and related losses. Vehicles should be placed on a routine preventive maintenance schedule for servicing to prevent any vehicle-related issues.

Pre-screen Employees

It’s imperative to pre-screen employees to ensure their driving records are clean. Asking for five years of records is probably sufficient to paint the picture of whether or not the employee should be a concern.

Develop Clear Safety Policies and Training

Having clear, straightforward, and enforceable fleet and safety policies are essential to any successful program. All new drivers should be required to read the full fleet safety policy and sign off on it. Regular, ongoing training, beginning at the time of hire, can help to reinforce policies and keep them top of mind with drivers. Even veteran drivers can benefit from refreshers on safe driving practices.

Take Advantage of Available Technology

Optional vehicle safety features, such as brake assist, rearview cameras, blind spot indicators, accident avoidance, and others, can help prevent even minor accidents. Telematics reporting can be extremely useful when it comes preventing accidents, in addition to saving money in the long-run.

Focusing on safer driving practices makes sense from both an economic and human standpoint. It is well worth investing in prevention rather than paying the price after an accident has occurred.

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