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5 Dec 23

10 tips to avoiding accidents in your North American fleet

Reducing the number of vehicle accidents in your North American fleet not only protects the health and well-being of drivers and those around them but lowers total cost of ownership (TCO), and what can be done to achieve this?

One of the keys to accomplishing this is by providing your drivers with safe driver training courses and this could mean live face-to-face classes or online classes. While the first is usually best, remote courses may be more feasible for large multinational companies seeking to train many drivers at the same time.

This can be done in-house or by a third-party service such as eDriving (USA), Safeway Driving (USA), Valley Driving School (Canada), or others.

Remember that a vast majority of crashes are caused by driver error and one of the biggest challenges faced by EHS, Risk and Operations Managers today is finding ways to avoiding cognitive distractions such as talking on the cell phone, looking at a map, or going through the glove compartment which can be deadly mistakes.

Besides taking driver training courses which include reducing or even eliminating cognitive distractions, below are some of the things you need to keep in mind when it comes to accident prevention.

10 tips to Avoiding Accidents

  • Know where and when to drive as well as how to drive, especially in rural areas or those that commonly face natural disasters. (e.g. Oklahoma, Lousiana, and Florida drivers)
  • Favor roads that are in better condition and those that are well lit at night.
  • Avoid driving in stormy conditions.
  • Use mobile apps like Waze, Google Maps or software tools such as telematics and fleet management platforms.
  • Cooperation from drivers is crucial, but also remember that support and commitment from top management is key.
  • Select the appropriate vehicles for your fleet, meaning a car that has been tested for safety.
  • Know the safety ratings of vehicle models in your fleet.
  • In North America, refer to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 
  • Make sure that your vehicles are properly maintained through ongoing preventative maintenance such as carrying out timely brake pad changes and maintaining proper tire inflation.
  • Make sure to have proper insurance coverage for your drivers and your cars to protect you at times when an unfortunate accident does occur.
     

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Authored by: Daniel Bland