Technology Continues to Impact Safety as Telematics Becomes Integral Component of Driver Safety Programs
Minimizing corporate risk is often a top priority for most organizations but with drivers logging more and more miles each year, driver safety continues to be a significant challenge for many fleets. While training programs and collision avoidance technology continue to evolve, monitoring driver performance is still the best option to help improve safety and reduce accident rates.
ARI’s Rich Radi shared his insight and discussed the latest driver safety and accident management trends in a recent Work Truck magazine article. In the story, which explores the collision rates of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, Radi touts the potential safety benefits of a comprehensive telematics program. He notes that vocational truck fleets were among the early adopters of telematics technology and as these initial programs continue to mature, instances of high-risk behaviors such as speeding and harsh braking are on the decline.
“Telematics technology essentially puts you inside the vehicle with your drivers. A comprehensive telematics solution can be leveraged to monitor driver performance and help to identify high-risk behaviors such as harsh braking, rapid acceleration, and speeding.” Radi continues, “Benchmarking driver performance helps pinpoint high-risk drivers and highlight opportunities to prescribe corrective training. By proactively identifying and training these high-risk drivers, fleets can improve safety, prevent potential collisions, and better control accident costs.”