GPS tracking: Providing helpful data
In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) documented data which proved the United States had its worst year for car-related deaths since 2007. By September of 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported the data from the NSC and had an estimation that car-related deaths were expected to surpass 40,000. Among the most common causes for fatal car accidents were speeding and cell phone usage. It was estimated that 1 in 4 car crashes involved a cell phone. While fleet companies can’t control what other drivers outside the company are doing, fleet owners can utilize GPS tracking to help reduce car-related deaths from within their business.
Did you know that speeding can be monitored via a GPS tracking system? It’s as simple as setting up an alert in a matter of minutes. If a fleet driver goes above a designated speed, an alert will be sent to management via email or text. Knowing this information can help drivers to correct their behaviors on the road and become safer, overall. GPS tracking can also be used to eliminate the need for a cell phone while driving.
GPS tracking can be used as a hands-free method of communication in more than one way. This is important, because texting, trying to operate Google maps, and trying to make phone calls can all be distractions while trying to keep one eye on the road. GPS tracking, with two-way communication, allows dispatching or management to communicate with drivers without ever picking up a cell phone. There are many other ways dispatching can help fleet drivers keep two hands on the wheel at all times. For example, from the safety of their office, dispatchers can also update travel routes and quickly assign jobs to drivers.
With GPS tracking providing such helpful data, it is possible to finish out this year without making it the deadliest driving year in over a decade. Don’t let your fleet become part of the statistics for fatal car crashes.
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