Commercial Fleet Accident Rates Rise to 20 Percent

12 Jul 2018

Safety is one of the primary concerns today’s fleet managers must deal with. Not only about the drivers who work for them and the vehicles they’re responsible for, but all the other drivers on the road and the reputation of the entire organization.

Issues that are particularly challenging for fleet managers in light of the 20 percent rise in fleet accidents, include the following:

  • Compliance
  • Driver accountability
  • Scheduling
  • Enforcement of company policies and state and federal requirements.
  • Costs
  • Safety
  • Customer satisfaction

It’s a delicate balance you must learn to walk and may feel more treacherous than a high-rise act with no net on some days.

Why Is It So Important to Avoid Accidents in Fleet Vehicles?

According to Automotive Fleet, fleet accidents account for the most expensive injury claims the average business faces with average costs approaching $70,000. Nearly twice the average cost of all other workplace injuries. With so many organizations choosing to self-insure their fleets, these are costs directly to the business.

While fleet managers have no control over other cars hitting their vehicles, there are things they can do to train drivers to be more defensively minded and keep their focus on the road. Doing this will be instrumental in avoiding preventable accidents, even when other drivers are the potential cause of these accidents.

How Can GPS Fleet Tracking Help?

GPS fleet tracking offers many benefits you may have never even considered before. Most people are aware of the benefits GPS tracking offers for conserving fuel and planning more efficient routes for your drivers to take.

What you may not know, though, is that GPS fleet tracking can also help you more effectively manage and monitor your drivers even when they’re on the road. These are just a few ways GPS tracking can help with that:

  • Notify you whenever drivers deviate from prescribed routes.
  • Record and notify you when drivers drive in excess of the speed limit (you can even identify specific speeds at which you wish to be notified)
  • Track location of drivers in real time so you can send emergency responses immediately if they are in accidents.
  • Send alerts when drivers display aggressive driving behaviors, such as; swerving, hard braking, and weaving in and out of traffic.

GPS fleet tracking also records the number of hours drivers spend behind the wheel when they are on the road so you can be certain they are maintaining compliance when it comes to maximum hours behind the wheel.

Just imagine the many ways GPS tracking can help you reduce the number of fleet accidents in your organization at a time when they are on the rise for so many others.

To learn more about how GPS fleet tracking can help your commercial fleet, give us a call here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494.

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