Using Technology for Driver Management

Technology continues to play an important role in vehicle and driver management. Advancements in vehicle safety equipment, telematics OBD-II technology, and techniques for analyzing and taking action on collected data have uncovered more opportunities to reduce costs and improve safety.

Safety Program Strategies
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of workplace fatalities. These crashes cost North American employers more than $61 billion annually. In order to save lives and manage risk, fleets are implementing the following strategies:

  • Using telematics to monitor safe driving behavior
  • Proactively identifying risky drivers and providing targeted training
  • Testing on fleet vehicle policy understanding & compliance
  • Implementing the use of driver scorecards to identify risk levels
  • Enlisting the support of senior management to push the message out to drivers
  • Enforcing zero tolerance policy for infractions

Manufacturer Safety Technology
Vehicle manufacturers are also focusing on safety by incorporating additional equipment and technology in new vehicles. These safety features can save lives and also help mitigate future risk and liability for a fleet by aiding in accident avoidance.

Using Technology to Monitor Driver Behavior
More companies are exploring the benefits of implementing a telematics solution as part of a driver behavior and safety strategy. An increasing number of insurance companies
are considering offering greater benefits to fleets that proactively implement policies
and best practices on safe driving behavior and compliance.

Telematics provides a great deal of meaningful data, but can be overwhelming to view and understand the data most important to running a safe fleet. Using the data properly helps give a greater understanding of the benefits. Some of the ways analyzing the data can be beneficial includes, but is not limited to:

  • Risk avoidance and cost control
  • Driver training modules targeting
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Improve driver behavior and overall fuel economy
  • Downsize or rightsize the fleet
  • Adjust vehicle mixes by region or need
  • Accident analysis
  • Reduce idling time
  • Proactive forecasting and trending
  • Implement recognition programs to reward safe driving behavior
  • Reduce vehicle downtime