As the volume of traffic on the roads increases from year to year, the number of traffic accidents and, unfortunately, the number of fatalities inevitably increases as well. According to research by the World Health Organisation, by 2020, approximately 1.35 million people will die each year as a result of traffic accidents, raising major concerns about the safety of professional drivers.
But what proportion of road accidents are preventable? It might even be more than you think. Let us examine some of the most common risk factors...
There are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood of a road traffic accident, all of which need to be addressed to prevent fatal accidents and reduce serious injuries.
The most common risk factors today include:
You may be wondering what you can do to avoid these risk factors in your fleet and protect your workforce. Sure, you can evaluate dashcam footage and educate your drivers, but we know from years of experience that this is too little, too late.
So what about fleet management solutions? What role does technology play in preventing road accidents?
Some softwares, such as Transpoco Protect, offer both front and driver-facing footage, which is available for immediate review after an incident. You can see accurate data on speed and G-forces, as well as the exact vehicle involved and video footage of the incident.
With the ability to detect incidents on the road, including speeding, lane departure and tailgating, as well as distracted driving behaviours such as eating, drinking or fatigue, new technologies can improve road safety by providing your drivers with intelligent in-cab warnings so you can proactively prevent accidents before it's too late.
With a range of reports on everything from distracted driving incidents to average driving time, as well as footage of all incidents, you can use technology to coach your drivers to minimise risk factors. With a trained workforce that understands the consequences of distracted driving, you can maintain a safe and efficient fleet.
So why should the safety of your fleet be your top priority? Your drivers are vital to the present and future of your business. If you do not take care of them, you can not move your business forward! They may be forced to stop work after a road accident if they have been injured - and it's also highly likely that your vehicles will need extensive repairs.
All of this can be very expensive for your business. Did you know that even minor road traffic accidents cost UK businesses an average of £25,000? In fact, fines for distracted driving have been shown to increase the cost of insurance premiums by at least 20%. Along with damaging your company's reputation and potentially losing the opportunity to work with new clients, this can have a detrimental effect on your business growth.
Take a look at our distracted driving infographic to learn more about the true cost to your business. Click below to download your copy.
Are you concerned about how to prevent distracted driving? Here are some of our best safety tips for your drivers.
You can track payments, performance, payments, fuel usage, inspections, certifications, maintenance details, inspections, registration information- practically anything you can think of. It's convenient and simple to use!
Thanks to the quick installation and intuitive user interface, you can effectively manage your fleet from the start - whether you have a small fleet or a large company.
With robust processes in place to ensure your data is kept secure and only used for its intended purpose, you can rest assured that your drivers' data privacy rights are protected.
Set customisable alerts and get insights into driver behaviour. This allows you to highlight issues that are important to you and report on data that meets your needs.
It can be difficult to develop a fleet safety strategy that not only protects your drivers and vehicles, but also the safety of other road users. Road safety technologies like Transpoco Protect can help you identify gaps in your overall strategy - but there are also some things you can do to highlight your safety concerns and raise awareness of their importance.
So what steps would we recommend to creating a fleet safety strategy and bringing it to success?
Combining next generation AI technology, camera and fleet telematics software, Transpoco Protect puts safety at the forefront of your business.
From speed monitoring to fatigue management, you can be sure your drivers are safe and reliable on the road - and save money in the long run.
In today's fast-paced society, it's imperative to make the right decisions regarding the safety of your fleet - and make them quickly. With a complete fleet management system like Transpoco Protect, the insights you need are just a click away.
Let’s take a look at how accurate, real-time data about your entire fleet can help you keep your entire workforce safe.