Your company naturally wants to do as much as possible to increase profit and improve your bottom line. And your company’s reputation can have a big impact on your bottom line. The driving behavior of your employees can have an impact on your company’s reputation. Things like speeding, accidents, hard braking, or showing up late at customer appointments are just a few examples of poor driving behaviors that could negatively impact your company’s reputation.
But, what are you doing to prevent poor employee driving behaviors that could prove costly? The fact is, many employees don’t get the right kind of training to teach them how to improve their driving and prevent accidents. They come onboard with dangerous driving habits that could cost your business lots of money.
How Company Vehicle Accidents Can Increase Costs
When you have fleet drivers out on the roads, both your vehicles and the cargo it carries are at risk — not to mention the drivers themselves. In the event of an accident and a company vehicle has to go in for repairs, it can cost more than just the repair bill.
Depending on the accident and whose fault it is, it could also affect your company reputation. Sure, accidents minimize effectiveness and capabilities which result in time lost spent on reconfiguring and rescheduling backup vehicles, but if the accident is due to reckless driving, that doesn’t give your company a great image and can actually drag down your reputation.
What Fleet Managers Can Do
Fleet managers and fleet dispatchers have tools at their disposal to help improve their employee driving and their company’s reputation:
- Improve Driving with Traffic Safety Programs
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic safety programs produce savings, based off studies they have done. When employers implement these types of programs, they can estimate their safety potential on the basis of per on-the-job crash injury, cost per on-the-job crash and per million miles vehicle miles.
Among the best ways for a business to control workplace vehicle driving behavior and crash costs is by developing a proactive traffic safety program, concludes the NHTSA. By implementing these types of safety programs, you can help ensure your company reputation stays in tact since your employees will be learning better driving behaviors.
2) Improving Driving Behavior with GPS Fleet Tracking
These days employers are tracking things like accelerating quickly after stopping at a light, idling time, engine start-up and shut-down, hard braking, aggressive driving, speeding, and other dangerous driving habits that could seriously harm the reputation of their company.
GPS fleet tracking can help not only with these issues, but also with things like responding to an alarming situation, verifying hours worked, learning about misuse and non-work-related trips, learning how long it takes to complete a job, keeping abreast of lunch and other breaks, knowing estimated arrival times for customers, ensuring effective routing for jobs, and having proof of arrival times during disputes about meeting delivery times and billing. You can even locate a company vehicle with GPS tracking in the event of theft.
Tracking solutions can also provide your company with the capability to automate timesheets. You can track when your employees begin work, take their lunch breaks, and when they are finished working at the end of the day — all without having to track it all manually. This will allow you to determine whether or not employees are making it to customer appointments on time or leaving them waiting, which can negatively impact your company reputation.
You can brand your business effectively and easily by having your name on your company vehicles. Consider them moving billboards. However, if you have a driver in the seat with poor driving behaviors, what are you really marketing about your business? People will associate your company name with the reckless driving of your employees. If you have employees who are jeopardizing your company name, tracking their driving behavior can save you money and your reputation.
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Wildlife officials situated at a couple East Tennessee national parks are looking to gain new insight into wild hogs through the use of GPS satellite technology for tracking nuisance bears.
Over the years, people who tracked the Great Smoky Mountains National Park wild hogs have been reading the land to figure out where the hogs were. However, now, with the help of modern technology, they are now trying to determine where they are going instead.
New funding has made it possible for the park to put GPS tracking collars on some of these hogs so they will be able to monitor the hogs’ movements better. According to Dana Soehn, park spokesperson, they will get the hogs point location every couple of hours if the animals are moving around inside of the park.
This tracking device is essential now more than it has ever been. Wild hogs are North America’s most prolific large animals says Bill Stiver, park wildlife biologist. They are able to breed at the age of 6 months and have 2 litters a year, producing 3 to 8 piglets.
These feral hogs that roam freely can additionally cause severe environmental damage as they often carry pseudorabies. This is a viral disease that is a huge threat to the commercial swine market, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.
In 2005, the Smoky Mountain wild hogs tested positive for this disease after which the disease spread like wildfire. The new GPS tracking collars will help to indicate where across the landscape the disease is moving.
This technology will show park rangers where to find the infected pigs, where they are moving and will give them a better idea of how much the disease is spreading. It will enable them to see how close to local agricultural areas this disease is.
Pilot study funding of $18,000 was received through the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian as well as $12,000 from the Tallassee Fund. These funds will help the national park collar six pigs and collect their movements.
Banks have more security threats today than they did in the days of train robberies in the Wild West. With that in mind, they must now take different measures to combat and discourage robberies. Those listed below are common security measures many banks have adopted in order to do just that.
1) Building high teller counters with barriers. These barriers prevent robbers from jumping over the counters.
2) Hiring on duty security guards. Security guards serve as a visual assurance of protection for patrons and a crime deterrents for people who would rob the banks.
3) Utilizing surveillance cameras inside the bank and out to record possible robbers and in the hopes of identifying them. Since most people setting out to rob banks do so in the hopes of getting away with it, they are likely to skip banks with active surveillance.
4) Placing GPS tracking devices in money bags. GPS tracking devices allows the banks to track the progress of the money once it leaves the banks and has allowed law enforcement to track the money and the thieves.
5) Putting dye packs in with the money. This one isn’t as great for tracking the money but is extremely useful when it comes to identifying the money that was stolen and, in many cases, the person who stole the money as well.
6) Establishing “man traps” that trap robbers between an exterior and interior set of doors. Robbers go in, but they can’t come out – until proper law enforcement officers arrive to arrest them.
7) Requiring customers to remove clothing and accessories that obscure their faces. Taking off things like hats, scarves, sunglasses, etc. allows the cameras to capture better images and make identifications of robbers easier – something most thieves aren’t interested in.
8) Employing people to serve as customer greeters. These people meet, greet, and identify banking customers as they come in the door so that there is no anonymity for robbers.
9) Educating people who might be tempted to rob banks. The fact is that most thieves believe they will hit pay dirt when robbing a bank and that’s simply not true. Educate them about the actual amount of money they’re likely to get, the likelihood of their arrests, and the types of sentences they’re likely to receive if arrested. After all, prevention is the best cure.
10) Using sequentially numbered bills. This is often referred to as “bait money” and it is used in robberies in hopes of leading the banks to the offenders based on the serial numbers of the currency involved.
11) Engaging cash dispensing units for dispensing money. Banks that use CDUs limit the amount that can be stolen in a robbery by reducing the amount of money tellers can dispense and forcing them to leave their stations to do so.
12) Offering rewards for information that leads to the capture of thieves. There’s nothing quite as tempting as a decent reward to get people to do the right thing and report others who may have stolen from the bank. Fortunately, banks are catching on to that important fact.
Banks are more vulnerable to robbery today, in some ways, because they sit in one place and aren’t continuously on the move. Banks that use these security measures to combat robbery, though, will reduce their attractiveness to thieves and the yield thieves receive if they are robbed.