Here's a daunting fact: 87.2% of all at-fault large truck crashes are driver related. And when your drivers are found at fault for an accident, your business can be held responsible for the financial and legal consequences of the crash.
Luckily, there are a number of important features in your GPS fleet tracking software that can help you maintain safety as your #1 goal. Make sure that your GPS software provides these features, and that you are using them to their fullest extent.
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The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) from the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Administration analyzed nearly 1,000 crashes involving large trucks that occurred nationwide between 2001 and 2003. It is a seminal study on the subject that continues to influence legislation, regulations, and transportation best practices today. According to the LTCCS, driver unfamiliarity with the roadway is a factor in 21.6 percent of all at-fault large truck crashes.
One of the main features of GPS tracking software is its ability to plan the most efficient routes for drivers to follow. Displaying the route on the screen or truck dashboard and providing audio directions enables drivers to spend less time looking at directions or a map and more time looking at the road. Good software also provides up-to-the minute traffic information that helps prepare drivers for hazards, accidents, or delays that will occur on their route. They can then re-route to avoid the hazard, or continue onward with full knowledge of what's ahead.
Speeding is a factor in nearly 23 percent of all at-fault large truck crashes. Despite company policies and driver training that emphasizes the importance of remaining within the speed limit, speeding continues to be a problem. The best way to deal with this issue is to set speeding alerts within your GPS software. Any time a driver exceeds the speed limit, or engages in other unsafe driving behavior, an alert appears on their screen advising them to slow down. An alert can also be sent to the manager via email or text message so that they can immediately contact the driver or flag their unsafe behavior in a management report.
- Knowing that their driving practices are being monitored, and that any speeding will be immediately noticed, can have a drastic effect on driver behavior and help prevent deadly accidents.
Your fleet is an important asset to your business, and the loss of even one truck through an accident or theft can have a significant impact on your business. Your GPS software can help you prevent attempted theft and recoup your vehicle should a theft occur.
- If someone starts one of your vehicles when it is not scheduled for use, the software can automatically alert you of the unauthorized ignition.
- If the vehicle is moved without ignition, such as during an attempted theft, the software will also send an alert.
- If a thief manages to make off with your vehicle, you can use the GPS system to track its movements and assist the police in the recovery of the vehicle.
Keeping your fleet safe is of paramount importance for your business, your drivers, and your customers. The largest dangers facing your fleet are theft and unsafe driving practices. If you have the right features installed, you can decrease the chances of your drivers causing an accident, and recover your property in the event of a theft.