In the past several years, there have been plenty of fatalities and accidents involving vehicles in fleets. Some of them happen because there are more people on the road, but others happen because drivers are distracted or tired or have otherwise not adhered to safety standards. Business leaders are responsible for reducing accidents by ensuring they follow a safety plan for everyone. It might seem daunting to implement this type of program, but following the right steps can get you started.
Driver Monitoring Solutions
Monitoring your drivers can ensure your fleet is as productive and efficient as possible, and it ensures safety standards are met. Implementing regular performance evaluations and monitoring helps you see how drivers are under different kinds of conditions. You can start by creating a list of practices your drivers should follow. You may consider investing in dash cams as well. Dash cams can help you strengthen your safety program because they allow you to monitor drivers, no matter their location. Dash cams can help you see a stronger return on investment for your fleet.
Train Drivers Regularly
Even if your drivers meet business needs and haven’t been in any accidents, one of the most common leadership best practices is ongoing training and your drivers will certainly still need relevant training. This should be specific to the types of vehicles they use, as well as their jobs. Employees who have been promoted recently or are new to their jobs will likely need even more training before they can be on the road. Getting them this type of training ensures they understand business protocols, and it allows them to get to know the organization better. The type of fleet you have will determine the amount of training employees should have. If you have a smaller fleet, you may only need to provide a couple of hours of training each year, while businesses with larger fleets may spend several months getting employees up to speed.
The best safety protocol won’t help you if your employees don’t know what is required or how to follow it. Having written procedures in place ensures the team understands expectations. Document everything possible, from safe driving techniques, start times, to safety procedures. Having this type of documentation also makes it easier to track everything. Part of the documentation process may include creating an emergency action plan, which will tell employees what to do if there is an accident. You may include accident protocols, such as what to do in the event of a natural disaster, fuel spill, or malfunction. When you have a strong plan in place, it can help employees react easily to emergencies, which can reduce the potential for damage or injuries as a result of that accident.
Reduce the Potential for Emergencies
It’s important to keep vehicles in good working condition because it will help keep employees safer. Regular maintenance can also prevent unnecessary accidents. Adjusting the brakes, ensuring the tires are inflated properly, and changing the oil regularly make it less likely part of the vehicle will malfunction and cause an accident.