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Each time a fleet driver turns on their ignition, managers should consider this alarming fact: federal studies have proven that the most dangerous hours of a fleet employee’s day is their time behind the wheel. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a crash involving a large truck results in injury every 10 seconds and death every 13 minutes.

Good driving habits can save a company from disaster. A quick mistake on the road can negatively affect a company through accident, injury and liability costs and even a loss of business. When a fleet driver is unsafe on the road and routinely ignores the rules, they are not just hurting their own reputation, they bring down the entire company.

Most managers fail to see the total impact of a crash on their business. While the direct costs, such as vehicle repair and insurance payments are easy to calculate, the indirect costs are severe. These numbers, including crash reports, time and money spent on litigation and the loss of productivity on the company are proven to be 3-5 times more expensive than the direct costs of the accident.*

*Source: Centers for Disease Control, “CDC Study Finds Annual Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes Exceeds $99 Billion,” Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention.

A Look At A Few More Numbers:

  • The total cost of a crash with injuries can range from $25,500 to $4,500,000 and the CDC reports that medical costs and productivity losses from crashes are over $99 billion.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2013.
  • Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives.
  • In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks.

The best way to combat dangerous driving habits is through consistent driver coaching. Mangers should ask themselves, “Are my drivers receiving tickets? Speeding? Running stop signs? Veering on the road?” Driver coaching is proven to be the most valuable tool to eliminate these high-liability issues. In fact, a recent Teletrac study* concluded that 40% of drivers change their behavior after their first safety warning.

*Source: 2013 Teletrac Internal Study

What Can Safety Software Do For a Business?

A GPS fleet tracking solution can easily manage employee daily driving habits. Managers can track their drivers’ speed and review aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, harsh braking, cornering, stop sign violations and pinpoint repeat offenders. Driver safety software arms managers with the following powers:

  • The ability to view safety data on demand. Managers can quickly measure a fleet’s safety average through the score indicator based on safety parameters, including harsh braking, harsh acceleration, speeding and stop sign violations.
  • Staying updated with safety events and averages. Dashboards help log events for each parameter—whether it’s for five speeding events or 138 harsh braking violations per fleet.

Safety events for a fleet are scored and itemized to show individual driver behavior based on the following safety metrics:

  •     Harsh Braking. The number of heavy braking incidents based on G-Force and the type of vehicle (light, medium or heavy)
  •     Harsh Acceleration. The number of acceleration incidents based on G-Force and the type of vehicle.
  •     Harsh Cornering. The number of forceful cornering incidents.
  •     Stop Sign Violation. GPS data is used to determine which streets a vehicle traveled. The data in then matched with a map database to determine the location of each violation.
  •     Speeding. Speeding for each vehicle is determined by matching GPS data to the map database which contains speed limit information. GPS speed is then compared to actual speed limits while the length of each vehicle infraction is recorded.

The most useful tool? The ability to see the top 10 worst and best drivers in a fleet—including an individual driver safety score—allowing managers to monitor safety performance across their drivers.

Monitoring Safety is a 24-Hour Job

Using safety software to implement a safe driving policy ensures a company is compliant with the law, eliminates avoidable costs, reduces insurance premiums and decreases the risk of negative publicity for your business.

On the day-to-day, driver safety software helps practice good risk management by eliminating question marks every time a driver pulls onto a road with your company’s name on their vehicle. Proactive driver coaching arms managers with the power of prevention by putting them in the driver seat.

Each time a fleet driver turns on their ignition, managers should consider this alarming fact: federal studies have proven that the most dangerous hours of a fleet employee’s day is their time behind the wheel. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a crash involving a large truck results in injury every 10 seconds and death every 13 minutes.

Good driving habits can save a company from disaster. A quick mistake on the road can negatively affect a company through accident, injury and liability costs and even a loss of business. When a fleet driver is unsafe on the road and routinely ignores the rules, they are not just hurting their own reputation, they bring down the entire company.

Most managers fail to see the total impact of a crash on their business. While the direct costs, such as vehicle repair and insurance payments are easy to calculate, the indirect costs are severe. These numbers, including crash reports, time and money spent on litigation and the loss of productivity on the company are proven to be 3-5 times more expensive than the direct costs of the accident.*
*Source: Centers for Disease Control, “CDC Study Finds Annual Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes Exceeds $99 Billion,” Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention.

A Look At A Few More Numbers:

  • The total cost of a crash with injuries can range from $25,500 to $4,500,000 and the CDC reports that medical costs and productivity losses from crashes are over $99 billion.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2013.
  • Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives.
  • In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks.

The best way to combat dangerous driving habits is through consistent driver coaching. Mangers should ask themselves, “Are my drivers receiving tickets? Speeding? Running stop signs? Veering on the road?” Driver coaching is proven to be the most valuable tool to eliminate these high-liability issues. In fact, a recent Teletrac study* concluded that 40% of drivers change their behavior after their first safety warning.
*Source: 2013 Teletrac Internal Study

What Can Safety Software Do For a Business?
A GPS fleet tracking solution can easily manage employee daily driving habits. Managers can track their drivers’ speed and review aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, harsh braking, cornering, stop sign violations and pinpoint repeat offenders. Safety software arms managers with the following powers:  

  • The ability to view safety data on demand. Managers can quickly measure a fleet’s safety average through the score indicator based on safety parameters, including harsh braking, harsh acceleration, speeding and stop sign violations.
  • Staying updated with safety events and averages. Dashboards help log events for each parameter—whether it’s for five speeding events or 138 harsh braking violations per fleet.

Safety events for a fleet are scored and itemized to show individual driver behavior based on the following safety metrics:

  • Harsh Braking. The number of heavy braking incidents based on G-Force and the type of vehicle (light, medium or heavy)
  • Harsh Acceleration. The number of acceleration incidents based on G-Force and the type of vehicle.
  • Harsh Cornering. The number of forceful cornering incidents.
  • Stop Sign Violation. GPS data is used to determine which streets a vehicle traveled. The data in then matched with a map database to determine the location of each violation.
  • Speeding. Speeding for each vehicle is determined by matching GPS data to the map database which contains speed limit information. GPS speed is then compared to actual speed limits while the length of each vehicle infraction is recorded.

The most useful tool? The ability to see the top 10 worst and best drivers in a fleet—including an individual driver safety score—allowing managers to monitor safety performance across their drivers.

Monitoring Safety is a 24-Hour Job
Using safety software to implement a safe driving policy ensures a company is compliant with the law, eliminates avoidable costs, reduces insurance premiums and decreases the risk of negative publicity for your business.
On the day-to-day, safety software helps practice good risk management by eliminating question marks every time a driver pulls onto a road with your company’s name on their vehicle. Proactive driver coaching arms managers with the power of prevention by putting them in the driver seat.

- See more at: http://www.teletrac.com/gps-fleet-tracking/topics/improving-unsafe-driving-habits#sthash.fTae2vHj.dpuf

Each time a fleet driver turns on their ignition, managers should consider this alarming fact: federal studies have proven that the most dangerous hours of a fleet employee’s day is their time behind the wheel. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a crash involving a large truck results in injury every 10 seconds and death every 13 minutes.

Good driving habits can save a company from disaster. A quick mistake on the road can negatively affect a company through accident, injury and liability costs and even a loss of business. When a fleet driver is unsafe on the road and routinely ignores the rules, they are not just hurting their own reputation, they bring down the entire company.

Most managers fail to see the total impact of a crash on their business. While the direct costs, such as vehicle repair and insurance payments are easy to calculate, the indirect costs are severe. These numbers, including crash reports, time and money spent on litigation and the loss of productivity on the company are proven to be 3-5 times more expensive than the direct costs of the accident.*
*Source: Centers for Disease Control, “CDC Study Finds Annual Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes Exceeds $99 Billion,” Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention.

A Look At A Few More Numbers:

  • The total cost of a crash with injuries can range from $25,500 to $4,500,000 and the CDC reports that medical costs and productivity losses from crashes are over $99 billion.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2013.
  • Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives.
  • In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks.

The best way to combat dangerous driving habits is through consistent driver coaching. Mangers should ask themselves, “Are my drivers receiving tickets? Speeding? Running stop signs? Veering on the road?” Driver coaching is proven to be the most valuable tool to eliminate these high-liability issues. In fact, a recent Teletrac study* concluded that 40% of drivers change their behavior after their first safety warning.
*Source: 2013 Teletrac Internal Study

What Can Safety Software Do For a Business?
A GPS fleet tracking solution can easily manage employee daily driving habits. Managers can track their drivers’ speed and review aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, harsh braking, cornering, stop sign violations and pinpoint repeat offenders. Safety software arms managers with the following powers:  

  • The ability to view safety data on demand. Managers can quickly measure a fleet’s safety average through the score indicator based on safety parameters, including harsh braking, harsh acceleration, speeding and stop sign violations.
  • Staying updated with safety events and averages. Dashboards help log events for each parameter—whether it’s for five speeding events or 138 harsh braking violations per fleet.

Safety events for a fleet are scored and itemized to show individual driver behavior based on the following safety metrics:

  • Harsh Braking. The number of heavy braking incidents based on G-Force and the type of vehicle (light, medium or heavy)
  • Harsh Acceleration. The number of acceleration incidents based on G-Force and the type of vehicle.
  • Harsh Cornering. The number of forceful cornering incidents.
  • Stop Sign Violation. GPS data is used to determine which streets a vehicle traveled. The data in then matched with a map database to determine the location of each violation.
  • Speeding. Speeding for each vehicle is determined by matching GPS data to the map database which contains speed limit information. GPS speed is then compared to actual speed limits while the length of each vehicle infraction is recorded.

The most useful tool? The ability to see the top 10 worst and best drivers in a fleet—including an individual driver safety score—allowing managers to monitor safety performance across their drivers.

Monitoring Safety is a 24-Hour Job
Using safety software to implement a safe driving policy ensures a company is compliant with the law, eliminates avoidable costs, reduces insurance premiums and decreases the risk of negative publicity for your business.
On the day-to-day, safety software helps practice good risk management by eliminating question marks every time a driver pulls onto a road with your company’s name on their vehicle. Proactive driver coaching arms managers with the power of prevention by putting them in the driver seat.

- See more at: http://www.teletrac.com/gps-fleet-tracking/topics/improving-unsafe-driving-habits#sthash.fTae2vHj.dpuf

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