Driver Safety is one of the biggest concerns for every fleet manager. By improving Driver Safety through the use of technological tools, fleets can automatically save considerable amounts of money by eliminating accidents, reducing insurance fees, avoiding operational interruptions caused by an accident, and ultimately, even save lives.
How Can You Improve Driver Safety?
Improving Driver Safety is a combination of several actions that need to be implemented both with your fleet drivers and in the fleet itself.
Education – Drivers must be trained by professional entities to ensure they understand safety basics. These training programs must be implemented as part of new driver recruitment programs and include periodic reviews.
Incentives – In several global regions, companies implementing Driver Safety programs often “penalize” bad drivers instead of rewarding and providing incentives to the best performing drivers.
This simple mindset change can make all the difference; drivers must interact with technology implemented in their vehicle and accept it as a positive tool, that will help the company, provide personal rewards, and serve as an example to other drivers.
Technology – At Cellocator, we have several ways to help improve Driver Safety, largely based on smart devices that can provide different levels of specialization and outputs:
- Cellocator's entry-level devices (CR family) can be programmed to measure severe driver actions and provide both in cabin real-time alerts to the driver and the logging of such events and their severity, which can be sent to the backend and fleet manager.
Such events include: harsh acceleration, braking, exceeding pre-defined speed limits, and more. The in-cabin alert can be visual (through the installation of a LED), audible (by installing a buzzer), or both.
- Our advanced devices (Cello IQ and CANiQ families) have more advanced embedded algorithms designed not to only alert the driver and fleet manager, but to provide specific visual and audible messages to the driver with the precise fault they are committing in real-time. The system will recommend a corrective action and will also score the specific maneuver. This is achieved with a complementary accessory of our Cello family called the DFD (Driver Feedback Device). Among the reported events you can find harsh accelerations, braking and speeding through bends, over speeding events, and more.
- There is also the possibility to generate and manage additional data from the vehicle and CAN bus. Such data may include seatbelt status, door status and other safety events.
Combining Cellocator’s Driver Safety technologies with training programs and positive incentives for your drivers can bring several benefits.
These benefits include an increase in the drivers’ safety and the general public by reducing or avoiding accidents, reducing operational costs, maximizing vehicle usage, and even reducing insurance costs, a recent trend that we’ve seen with many of our customers across the world.
It is also important to mention that a program implemented with positive incentives can increase the drivers’ commitment to the company and overall job satisfaction.