Fleet managers, parents and business owners all have something in common, worrying about dangerous driving. It is not only important to ensure the utmost safety of your drivers at all times, but you also want to avoid any unnecessary costs associated with dangerous or careless driving. What can you do about the way your drivers behave on the road? GPS fleet management software, also known as telematics, is the answer.
With GPS fleet management software, you have immediate insight into all driving activities allowing you and your drivers to better identify dangerous driving behaviors. These behaviors can be anything from speeding, sharp cornering and engine revving to rapid acceleration and harsh braking. Furthermore, you have the ability to view past trips your drivers have made. This allows you to:
- Communicate proactively with your drivers using in-vehicle audible alerts. These alerts create a beeping sounds that informs your driver(s) when they have broken one of your custom safe driving rules, or when they are just about to break a rule. This gives the drivers an opportunity to realize and correct their driving mistakes and correct them on their own. Over time, these ‘beeps’ will improve driving habits and break the bad ones.
- View & re-create trips on a map at any time. You can hover your mouse over any points on the map, and also see the exact location a driver broke a rule, such as speeding.
- Review custom reports & set up new reports at your own convenience. These custom reports graphically illustrate the top speeding drivers, unauthorized after-hours usage, risk and safety scoring reports, and much more including personalized reports to fit your company’s specific needs.
- Create custom notifications in the GPS fleet management software to notify you when your drivers are breaking a rule. For example, you may want to set up email or text message alerts if your drivers are ever on the road without wearing his/her seatbelt, idling, speeding, etc.
Unfortunately, despite proactive management efforts, accidents can still happen. GPS fleet management software allows you to re-create the trip of an accident to identify what happened and who was responsible. This valuable information will allow you to act fast on the incident, and depending on the outcome, provide ‘no-fault’ evidence for insurance coverage purposes.
Each and every business is unique and requires a customized approach to developing a safety plan for your drivers. Make sure you are educated in any GPS fleet management solution, ensuring they offer audible alerts, before signing a contract.