Three Factors That Drive Fleet Safety Programs

Fleet SafetyMore than one- third of all work-related deaths in Texas happen behind the wheel. If your business puts drivers on the road, you need a good fleet safety program.

Fleet safety programs vary, but each program has to address three common factors: people, vehicles and records.

People – Before you hire a new driver, conduct a background check and review the applicants’ motor vehicle record (MVR). The recent two-to-three year history is most important. Make sure the applicant signs a release for the MVR review.

If possible, let applicants test drive the vehicle they will use on the job. A real-world driving test may provide the best indication of an applicant’s driving abilities and habits.

Vehicles– Inspect each vehicle daily and keep a maintenance record. Make sure each vehicle has its own safety equipment. A basic kit may include a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a “send help” sign, a reflective triangle, a blanket and road flares.

One of the best pieces of safety equipment is a cell phone. In an emergency, the driver can report an accident or, with the help of a 911 operator, render first aid until emergency medical help arrives.

Remember, though, that drivers become distracted when talking or texting on cell phones. Distracted driving is the leading cause of transportation-related accidents. Drivers should always park their vehicle before placing calls and never text while driving.  Hands-free devices should be used when answering calls.

Recordkeeping – Maintain accurate records on your vehicles and your drivers. Cross-reference your accident statistics by cause, severity, repair cost, mileage, and frequency. Compare your fleet program’s accident statistics against an independent standard, such as the Highway Loss Data Institute, and use the information to track company trends and measure progress.

Get more information – For more information about safe driving, visit safehandtexas.org and worksafetexas.com.

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One Response to Three Factors That Drive Fleet Safety Programs

  1. Some industries require a fleet of vehicles by nature and will need a flexible motor fleet insurance policy to ensure that all drivers and fleet vehicles have sufficient cover during their day-to-day activities. The key difference between this and a commercial vehicle insurance policy is the additional responsibility of managing the vehicles and drivers.
    Because of the nature of some businesses, employees may be required to be out on the road for hundreds of miles each day, increasing the likelihood that they will be involved in accidents from time to time.
    A recent study from the Fleet Support Group showed that a large proportion of companies regularly see 30% of their drivers involved in road traffic accidents each year. Ultimately the number of accidents which fleets are involved in can result in hundreds of thousands in pounds of loose.
    Insurance is a necessity, but premiums for companies that drive many miles is likely to be higher as the risk of accidents increases. Fleets can reduce the insurance excess costs by effective accident management and efficient training for drivers, managing third party costs and driver duty of care.
    Fleet insurance is normally for a company that has 3 or more vehicles, and it means that 1 policy covers all vehicles and drivers – this saves the company having to insure each vehicle separately. The company is responsible for ensuring that all drivers fit the criteria of the policy (eg it could state that all drivers must be over 25 or that all drivers have a totally clean driving licence etc).
    The company then pays one annual premium to get all vehicles covered, and any of their drivers can drive any of the vehicles. If the company purchases a new vehicle or gets rid of an existing vehicle then they advise the insurance company and the policy is amended. For a very large company that has a big turnover of vehicles, they will notify the insurer quarterly of any changes, rather than notifying every single amendment. Basically, a fleet policy is used where several motor policies would otherwise need to be issued. Visit http://www.arkwrightinsurance.co.uk for more info.

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