GPS trackers: Safety while on the road
According to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit devoted to using research and data to prevent deaths, fatalities from traffic incidents were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than during the same time period last year. Achieving safety while on the road seems to be even more important as a record 2.2 million people have been recorded as injured while nearly 19,100 people have been reported dead. With traffic accidents on the rise anything fleet drivers can do to protect themselves should be worth considering. Thankfully, GPS trackers are able to provide some protection for fleet drivers and today we’ll talk a bit about how that’s possible.
First of all, GPS trackers can help drivers be less distracted with digital devices while driving as they can either be programmed before the driver leaves the office or dispatching can control all of the route updates for the driver. These verbal updates could include ways to avoid traffic, construction, and other road hazards such as pre-existing accidents.
Aside from the safety of the hands-free options, the GPS trackers in each vehicle will record data like driver speeds and aggressive driving behaviors. This isn’t a way to simply punish drivers for disobeying the traffic laws, but instead to help ensure that drivers are staying safe! In fact, the data about the drivers’ performances can be pulled up on speeding reports and aggressive driving reports to be used for a reward system if management wanted to use it in that way.
The fact is that many drivers believe they only need to slow down when heavy rain or snow is in the works. Truthfully, drivers just need to be aware of surroundings and while they’re all on a deadline to get to the next job-site it would be worth it to slow it down.
Maintaining safety is a top priority with any fleet business and GPS trackers have many ways to provide protection. They can reduce the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving and help drivers avoid accidents, traffic, and construction. If you’re looking for a way to increase safety for your fleets, consider GPS trackers.
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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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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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