GPS trackers: The hands-free devices
There has been a growing concern for the amount of cell phone usage by drivers all over the United States. In fact, according to The U.S. Department of Transportation there are approximately 660,000 American drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving and this is number that has held steady since 2010. It’s scary to think that fleet drivers are among these drivers. As a fleet manager you have to be concerned with the safety of your drivers and if they’re still making calls while driving, because they don’t have any other way to check in, then it’s time to consider an upgrade to GPS trackers.
These devices could save your drivers from getting distracted. GPS trackers allow your drivers to use the devices without having to operate them while driving. Cell phone usage such as texting requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, therefore; it is by far the most alarming distraction. These three categories of distraction were established by The U.S. Department of Transportation. GPS trackers can help take care of all three of those categories and here’s how.
Visual: GPS trackers are placed at an eye level so that drivers aren’t having to look down, away from the road, at a device. More importantly, with the ability for dispatching to verbally speak to the drivers via the GPS trackers’ two-way communicator, the drivers don’t necessarily have to look at the map at all.
Manual: GPS trackers can be programmed before the driver ever leaves the office to go to a customer’s location. After that, there is no reason for the driver to manually do anything besides drive.
Cognitive: Without a cell phone going off to ask where they are, drivers can concentrate on driving safely. GPS trackers allow managers and dispatchers to know the exact location of drivers due to the live map. GPS trackers also record other analytical data for drivers so they don’t even have to remember to do it themselves.
Many drivers may feel that they are able to drive even while managing a handheld device, but that is simply not the safe way to do business. When drivers look down at their cell phone, they take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. Every second counts and you don’t want one of your drivers to get into an accident. Make the decision to switch to using GPS trackers so that your fleet can operate safer.
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