September 26th, 2023
It goes without saying that for all businesses, employee safety is paramount. That being said, every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a company vehicle, your organization is vulnerable to repercussions that go far beyond simply repairing a vehicle if you’re not addressing safety and driver behavior. On average, approximately 20 percent of a company’s fleet will be involved in an accident each year, and each incident results in a substantial cost to your organization.
With that in mind, Holman’s Shawn Morris and Rich Radi recently spoke with Work Truck to explore the latest vocational accident trends and discuss how fleet operators can build a culture of safety that improves driver performance and mitigates risk.
In the article, Shawn notes, unfortunately, accident rates are trending in the wrong direction, increasing approximately seven percent since last year. But as Shawn points out, a number of organizations have returned to the office over the last 12 to 18 months, and there’s been a significant increase in business miles driven. With accident rates on the rise, Shawn highlights how fleet operators can leverage telematics technology to improve driver safety.
“When this telematics data is integrated into an advanced analytics platform, you can easily benchmark driving performance across your organization to pinpoint high-risk drivers and highlight opportunities to prescribe corrective training. By proactively identifying and training these high-risk drivers, you can improve safety, prevent potential collisions, and better control accident costs.”
Shawn also says that innovative technology such as OEM-embedded telematics devices and video-enabled units allow fleet operators to more easily monitor and correct high-risk behaviors. Rich Radi wraps-up the article by offering a glimpse at a number of emerging trends that are poised to influence fleet safety and accident rates in the years ahead, including increased vehicle connectivity.
“As technology continues to evolve, vehicles are far more connected to the surrounding environment than ever before — vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-everything (V2X). This connectivity not only moves vehicles further down the autonomous spectrum, it also powers more advanced ADAS technology.”