Monitoring Driving Habits from the Office
Whether you are a small business owner or a fleet manager for a larger organization, it’s impossible to know the driving habits of your employees while you are in the office managing the day-to-day operations of your business. Often, you don’t know that there are issues with your employees’ driving habits until it’s too late. It turns out that what you don’t know can hurt you.
Were you aware that the most dangerous part of the day for any employee isn’t the time spent operating machinery or servicing equipment? It’s actually the time spent behind the wheel of a vehicle. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of fatalities in the workplace – more than fires, explosions, trips, falls and equipment incidents combined. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported in the past that commercial vehicles were involved in almost half of all fatal crashes.
While there are the obvious severe safety implications, dangerous driving affects your business as well. Do you really want your drivers distracted by a cell phone conversation? You have your business’s name covering the side of your trucks. And while you may not have those “how’s my driving?” stickers on your vehicles, most angry consumers will take the time to note a vehicle number or at the very least, your company name. Not exactly the impression you want to give to your community.
A GPS fleet tracking solution can help monitor your employees’ driving habits while you are busy operating your business. You can track you drivers’ speed, monitor aggressive driving behavior (such as hard braking or going around a turn too sharply), pinpoint repeat offenders and establish a safe driving policy within your company. In doing so, you can ensure you’re compliant with the law, avoid heavy fines and some seriously bad PR for your business. Before we look at the issues involved with unsafe driving, let’s first look at what’s driving service businesses to find a solution.
The most dangerous time employees spend at work is behind the wheel.
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“We used to receive 60 to 70 emails a week on speed alerts resulting in disciplinary action. Now, we receive five or six emails a week.”
Capeway Roofing Systems
“With the NexTraq solution, Acres Group received messages notifying them if an employee was speeding. After a couple of weeks, the speed alerts were reduced by 92%.”
Acres Group North