Why You Cannot Afford to Squander Your Safety Efforts With Just Telematics

There’s no shortage of benefits when choosing to implement driver monitoring alongside telematics.

According to the former Vice President, Safety & Risk of a major services delivery company, one of the most positive outcomes he saw when utilizing driver monitoring alongside telematics was decreased insurance rates. “I presented the underwriter with a solid management system when it came to fleet safety, which included telematics and driver monitoring. I was pleased to renew at favorable rates, especially in today’s environment. A good safety program can go a long way in keeping loss ratios down.”

Alongside the implementation of both continuous driver monitoring and telematics comes best practices to ensure full optimization.

Best Practices to pair continuous driver monitoring with telematics

  • Let the technology work for you. With continuous driver monitoring, updates are pulled automatically and and you’re alerted in near real-time of any negative driver violations, providing you with full visibility needed to effectively mitigate risk. Long gone are the days of attempting to standardize and make sense of state-to-state Department of Motor Vehicle.
  • Make sure your insurers know about your safety efforts. Insurers do care and take into account comprehensive safety programs and tools a company enacts. Bring to your insurance provider’s attention the fact that you’re using continuous driver monitoring to enhance your driver risk visibility, as discounts can often be rewarded to companies for their enhanced safety efforts.
  • Tell your drivers of your telematics and continuous driver monitoring usage. Many drivers on the road today who are using continuous driver monitoring with telematics consider both technologies to be “big brother.” Sit down with those drivers and explain the advantages that come with both technologies as well as why you’re using the programs to enhance driver safety. Upon telling your drivers about this technology, see if you notice their behavior improve.
  • Don’t let risky behavior go uncorrected. Having all of this information at your fingertips is simply not enough if you don’t act upon it. Instead, utilize your safety policy to create parameters surrounding use of data gathered through telematics and continuous driver monitoring to keep your company protected and your most high-risk drivers off the roads.
  • Have an intervention program in place. Ensure your team has a proper strategy in place to intervene with at-risk drivers before they become disqualified. Whether that be in-person training, online courses or written notice, companies need to ensure they are in front of at-risk drivers to help with overall employee retention.
  • Understand that telematics alone is not enough. Telematics and GPS data allow for monitoring of individual driving habits on the clock – consider the information you are missing out on off the clock, whether it be a fender-bender or a DUI. Know that telematics alone will not help you close your visibility gap and be sure to utilize continuous driver monitoring to understand and gain full insight into the blind spots your business faces.

 Don’t Squander Your Safety Efforts

At the end of the day, all efforts and investments focused on improving safety will result in fewer violations, the proper credentials and licensing, leading to the most important outcome for your business – reduced crashes. Continuous driver monitoring can work seamlessly alongside telematics to observe all trends independent of the technology that drives them, allowing you to make informed decisions with the most comprehensive data available.

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