A vehicle accident at any time is never a good thing, and it can be a frustrating inconvenience for fleet managers. The risk of injury aside, damage to a vehicle will interrupt your business logistics, leaving you to face potential penalties for missed deadlines, meeting the costs to cover additional vehicles, staff or repairs, and facing higher insurance premiums in the future.
Fleet tracking GPS systems have a significant role in reducing accidents within fleet management. They can track vehicles in real-time, making it possible to monitor the driver behaviour and more quickly identify any issues. They also enable a complete driver analysis. You can pinpoint dangerous behaviours and deal with them before they become a more significant issue. Managers can offer feedback and guidance to drivers to curb unsafe driving practices. Drivers will also be more wary of adopting dangerous driving habits as they know their actions are being monitored.
Fleet Tracker GPS systems enable better control of the fleet’s whereabouts, allow you to divert drivers heading towards congestion, make it easier to reroute, and provide feedback on poor driving practices.
Harsh braking, speeding and frequent or abrupt lane changes are critical causes of accidents. As a fleet manager, you can monitor not just where your drivers are but also how they are driving. Being proactive in dealing with inappropriate driving techniques will help elevate your fleet to safer levels and address risks before they cause or become involved in an accident.
You will know and be able to bring these matters to the driver’s attention instantly. Timely intervention will prevent habits from forming that are difficult to overcome, engage with drivers constructively, and offer guidance before matters come to a head. Real-time monitoring becomes a pivotal tool to nurture a safety-conscious fleet of drivers who understand the importance of careful driving, thus reducing accident risk as they know their fleet manager is aware of how and where they drive.
Route optimisation and geo-fencing also play a crucial role in contributing to accident reduction. A fleet manager will be aware when vehicles travel beyond accepted routes by proactively monitoring safe routes and ensuring that vehicles do not stray or deviate onto more dangerous or unacceptable routes.
The ability to monitor real-time traffic enables a proactive approach to curtailing the opportunities for vehicles to run into trouble. Proactive safety reminders and maintenance schedule integration also make it easier to ensure you run a fully maintained and serviced fleet, again reducing the chance of accidents caused by missing key dates and running a vehicle not fully maintained for heavy road use. Fleet-tracking GPS devices encourage a safer driving experience through better management and driver control, greater awareness of current road conditions and the ability to analyse and adapt driving to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Of course, should there be an accident, incident reconstruction and investigative data can help to dissect accidents when they occur more reliably. This virtual eyewitness will support your case as it provides information on vehicle speed, location and braking patterns of the driver before the accident, helping to establish liability better.
If you want to maximise your fleet safety, economy, reliability and accountability, then a Fleet GPS Tracking System from FitMyTracker is the answer. Why not check out our range, to see how you could improve the safety of your fleet?