How GPS Trackers Provide Protection For Fleet Drivers

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 Trackers Increase Chances Of Road Safety: Part 2

GPS trackers: Safety is the key

When it comes to road safety most fleet business owners have to go on faith that their drivers are doing the right thing. Those who don’t have to rely on blind faith happen to be using GPS trackers. In part one of this series, we talked about how GPS trackers can help with 2 out of 4 of the top traffic issues. Distracted driving and speeding can both be reduced by using GPS trackers. The other top two reasons for traffic accidents are reckless driving and rain. So, let’s just dive on in with part two of this series where we will tell you how GPS trackers can help with those, too!

1.) Reckless Driving: GPS trackers have a lot of different reports that can be generated. One type of report that can be pulled by management is the Aggressive Driving Report. This has significance when managers are trying to determine if unsafe driving practices are being used such as harsh braking. If a driver goes from 40 to 0 in a matter of 10 seconds it may not be so alarming, but if the same driver were to have a sudden decrease in speed from 70 to 0 in 10 seconds it should be cause for concern (as this is a sign of slamming on brakes).

2.) Rain: Traffic accidents occur when it rains due to the decreased vision and drivers often don’t slow down. Of course, common sense would tell you to avoid an accident, drive extra careful when it rains, but sometimes the rain comes on strong. In the event that drivers feel the need to pull over or want to avoid going into a bad storm, GPS trackers can help. GPS trackers with the weather overlay feature lets drivers know when storms are coming in so they can stay aware. Dispatching can also communicate to drivers to give warning if severe weather is in the forecast.

Keeping everyone safe is a top priority with a fleet business and GPS trackers have features to help. They can reduce the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving and help drivers avoid the rain. If you’re looking for a way to increase road safety for your fleets, consider GPS trackers.

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