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Distracted Driving and Your Fleet
Posted on 05/22/2013 by Ashley Jones | 0 Comments
The National Safety Council (NSC) recently published a report entitled, “Crashes Involving Cell Phones: Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data,” where only 52% of accidents that indicated cell phone use were actually coded in national data as involving cell phone use. Why?
The report states the one of the major causes of inaccurate data is drivers not admitting to cell phone use. So how do prevent your drivers from using their cell phones while your service vehicles are in transit? You can have them sign an agreement that enforces no cell phone use in your vehicles. In the event of a cell phone-related accident, you have documentation for that driver. But what if could prevent your employees from using cell phones before there is an accident?
Technology can help. There are distracted driving solutions out there that restrict drivers from calling, texting or surfing the web while the vehicle is in motion. You can proactively remove distractions or the temptation to use a cell phone, greatly reducing your risk for at-fault accidents. You may ask, but how do I communicate with my drivers? A distracted driving solution allows drivers to call into the office when the vehicle is not in motion.
A GPS fleet tracking solution also gives you the ability to provide drivers voice-guided, turn-by-turn direction with an in-vehicle Garmin® device. Your employees can accept jobs in between stops and message the office with job status updates. You’re not only keeping your drivers safe; you’re making them more productive.
Cell phone use opens your business to expensive accidents; liability claims and has the potential to harm your business’s reputation. Make the call to put cell phones down.