5 Tips for Safer Fleet Driving as Daylight Saving Time Ends

12 Nov 2018

Time has fallen back so to speak, and that means greater risks for people who are on the roads — especially those driving at night. If you’re a fleet owner, consider these tips for keeping your drivers safer on the roads as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end and the nights grow longer.

  1. Take the Opportunity to Check Vehicle Headlights

This is the perfect time each year to do a thorough cleaning and inspection of all fleet vehicle headlights. Additionally, you might consider offering your drivers training on how to properly use high and low beam lights for maximum safety and effectiveness.

  1. Create Policies About Keeping Windshields Clean

Nighttime visibility is a huge concern to all drivers on the road. One of the first places to begin is with windshields. You especially want to make sure they are free of streaks. Encourage drivers to clean their windshields at every fueling stop and promote the use of high quality wipers and glass cleaners for all fleet vehicles.

  1. Encourage Drivers to Get Adequate Rest

Alert driving is safer driving. It’s as simple as that. This means your drivers not only need to avoid distractions while driving. They also need to make sure they have plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. This allows them to be more alert and aware of surroundings for a safer ride at any time of day, wherever their routes may take them.

  1. Install GPS Fleet Tracking in all Fleet Vehicles

GPS fleet tracking can be instrumental in helping you monitor driver behavior behind the wheel. This allows you to look for signs of drowsy or distracted driving which could place your drivers, your cargo, and other cars on the road at risk. In fact, you can set up alerts to send you email notifications whenever drivers exhibit certain behaviors, like swerving, drifting, speeding, hard brakes, fast accelerations, and even excessive idling. More importantly, if accidents do occur after DST ends, you know precisely where to send emergency responders.

  1. Educate Drivers on Importance of Watchfulness behind the Wheel

As darkness closes in earlier, your drivers will experience an increase of pedestrians and cyclists still on the road once darkness sets in. This is in addition to the wide range of animals and other wildlife drivers should always be on the lookout for. Remind them to be extra watchful during this to avoid unnecessary tragedies.

These five tips can keep your drivers and others on the road much safer as everyone makes the adjustment back to standard time. To learn more about GPS fleet tracking, our LiveViewGPS website offers an abundance of resources and education. Or, give us a call at 1-888-544-0494.

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