The rate of fleet accidents on American roadways has been on a steady rise since the beginning of the pandemic. Overall crashes involving common behaviors such as speeding, impairment, distracted driving and more have all increased at staggering rates. Fatal crashes involving cannabis alone increased 139% over 20 years, and over 3,000 people were killed due to distracted driving in 2020.
These concerning trends not only impact fleet safety but also affect companies’ bottom lines due to increased claim frequency and severity, rising insurance premiums and costly litigation. The vehicles themselves are also more expensive to repair due to the technology involved, and spare parts are harder to come by.
As we return to a sense of normalcy, the roadways are more congested than ever, and individuals who haven’t been driving frequently have likely adopted bad habits. With this in mind, it’s critical for companies to have a more proactive mindset when it comes to establishing a strong safety culture across their fleets – protecting both their employees and their bottom lines.
In our webinar, “Insider Tips: How Your Company Can Predict and PREVENT Crashes,” our in-house experts discuss the importance of reducing crashes caused by driver error, which accounts for a staggering 94% of all crashes. While this number is concerning, it also means there is a significant opportunity to prevent crashes by focusing on driver behavior and violations.
After watching our webinar, you’ll learn:
- How rising risk and fleet-related costs negatively impact companies across industries
- The 15 most common violations that are leading indicators of future claims
- Ways to spot risky drivers before they receive violations
- 5 simple steps to identify and intervene with high-risk drivers and prevent crashes
Below, we provide a sneak peek into the five steps companies can take to predict and prevent fleet accidents.
5 Steps to Predict and Prevent Fleet Accidents
Step 1: Create a Safety Policy
Establish and regularly update a comprehensive driver policy that clearly communicates and enforces driver responsibilities. This can help protect a company by reducing risk-associated behavior – preventing crashes and expensive claims. Our experts explore the 8 critical components that every driving policy for employees must include.
Step 2: Establish a Process for Identifying Violations
Discover why self-reporting policies and manual MVR pulls don’t give companies the right level of visibility needed to effectively predict and prevent crashes. Companies need a means of discovering driver violations and license suspensions as soon as possible, providing ongoing visibility into driver risk and enabling companies to quickly intervene with at-risk drivers.
Step 3: Utilize In-Vehicle Technology to Spot Risk ASAP
Companies can use in-vehicle telematics devices to spot risky driving behavior before it results in a violation or crash. Discover how telematics solutions help companies easily track daily driving habits, high-risk trips and incidents in near real-time, allowing for even faster and more effective interventions.
Step 4: Develop an Intervention Strategy
It’s important for companies to intervene immediately after high-risk trips, incidents, violations and license status changes to get ahead of these preventable crashes. The key is to address habits with remedial training that targets the specific driving behavior or violation they received. Discover how this fast-action strategy can also help increase driver retention rates.
Step 5: Implement Proactive Training
Provide ongoing fleet driver training to your entire team covering important topics such as defensive driving and reducing distractions – as well as any topics specific to your organization. Discover how a proactive training approach combats the “Forgetting Curve” to ensure these critical safety skills are retained by your drivers over time.
Watch Our On-Demand Webinar
To dive deeper into each of these steps and discover actionable strategies your team can leverage to strengthen your safety culture and better mitigate risk, check out our free webinar, “Insider Tips: How Your Company Can Predict and PREVENT Crashes.”