Three Common Driver Monitoring Myths You Should Know About

Despite the many driver monitoring programs and technologies on the market, there’s a resounding feeling that not all are created equal

If you feel the same way, we’re here to tell you that you’re correct. While there is typically one element of a comprehensive driver monitoring program in place at a company that focuses on actively mitigating their employee driver risk, there is also exponential space that exists between driver monitoring myth and reality.

This can impact businesses, exposing their hard work focused around keeping drivers safer to a variety of negative factors, including risk, litigation and rising insurance premium costs.

We at SambaSafety hear many driver monitoring myths from businesses across a variety of industries. Some of the most common that we here include:

  1. Background checks, public records and license status checks upon hire provide adequate information for the time being about perceived driver risk. Someone you could hire that you believe is a good driver and falls in line with your outlined telematics standard can prove to be just the opposite. After all, we are sure you’ve had an employee you hired thinking they would be your best driver, only to discover that they received a major negative violation in-between motor vehicle record (MVR) pulls. Driver risk isn’t a constant but is an ever-changing status that you have to be responsible for.
  2. Pulling motor vehicle records once or twice a year is enough and paints the full picture at hand. Simply put, that’s not true. The less often you pull MVRs, the more your risk increases. In the instance of effectively managing your driver population, nothing less than continuous motor vehicle record monitoring will do.
  3. Telematics and GPS data give me enough of a comprehensive picture that satisfies the driver monitoring information needed. Telematics and GPS will not provide you with the actionable insight that is needed to make informed driver risk management decisions. Instead, telematics and GPS only tell you what the driver at-hand is doing behind the wheel while the telematics device is turned on. This leaves you with an incomplete picture of driver risk, including any violations incurred off the clock or when the telematics device has been turned off.

As you can see from us debunking these common driver risk management myths, thinking like the above list will not equip you with the full understanding surrounding how your company can combat driver risk.

With continuous driver monitoring, you can delve further into the realities of your driver risk your company is presented with. If wanting to learn more, dive into the three most common driver monitoring questions.

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