To keep the fleet safe, one needs to minimize all the possible distractions that can be mortal. This can be done by educating your drivers about the possible causes and outcomes of distracted driving, rewarding the safe driving practices and implementing the technology to reinforce the corrective actions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016 more than 3,000 deaths were caused by distracted driving in U.S. Distracted driving can not only be caused by using the phone but eating, drinking or talking, that seems innocuous but can lead to devastating crashes or more.
Several rules have been enforced by the government to battle against driving distractions by prohibiting the use of cell phones along with others rules and speed limits. Employers should also come forward to play their role in educating their drivers on the legal consequences of distracted driving and encourage them to commit to avoiding risky behaviors through training.
Fleet management provider solutions should also develop non-distracting apps that only communicates with the driver without involving them. Fleet management solution such as Eagle-I helps in identifying risky drivers by its ‘Driver behavior module’ and sends real-time alerts while speeding, harsh braking, cornering etc. By using Eagle-I, you can also reward drivers exhibiting safe driving behavior using “Driver’s Scorecard”.
Some of the tips are mentioned below that can be practiced to prevent accidents.
- Before driving switch off all the unnecessary devices or put them on ‘Do not disturb’ mode.
- Before departing, set the destination on GPS and mount the device to avoid the possible contact with the device.
- Practice defensive driving.
- For safe driving, take scheduled breaks to avoid tiredness.
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