We worked with many professional in Fleet, Operations and Health & Safety to compile the following tips for how to approach your drivers on the topic of driving safety.
Communicate. Let your drivers know you care about their safety and you are paying attention to their driving habits. Simply knowing that someone is paying attention will provide drivers with the motivation to perform well and reduce risky behaviors.
Keep it positive. Focus on what they are already doing well and offer help with improving areas of risk only if they need it.
Focus on trends. Every speeding event doesn’t need to be addressed. However, if a driver is exhibiting a pattern of speeding every week, then have a conversation.
Don't micro-manage. Build trust with your drivers by showing them you are focusing on their safe driving and don't need to know where they are at all times as long as they are doing their job.
Be transparent. Walk the walk by using a telematics device to record your own driving habits and put them on display for your workers to see. Show them you are willing to take coaching lessons if needed and lead by example.
Be helpful. It's not enough to tell drivers what they are doing wrong without offering solutions. Offer to do a ride-along or help them analyze their routes for where they can improve. Ask StriveSafe about our coaching partners for options.
Provide Incentives. Offer to take them for coffee or lunch if they display safe driving behaviors. Offer a group incentive for a number of days without incidents or tickets.
Be real. Let them know that things happen and sometimes they will need to stop suddenly to avoid hitting something in the road. It's displayed patterns you are looking for, not individual incidents.
Have the difficult conversation. The worst thing you can do is implement the tools to monitor driving behaviors of your fleet but not do anything when you see risky behaviors. If you see drivers who are truly displaying patterns of risky driving, have the one-on-on conversation with them. You owe it to your drivers, your company, and your community to do your part to make the roads safer.
Bonus Tip- Implement a telematics solution. You can measure lagging indicators of risk such as speeding tickets, calls complaining about your fleet behaviors, or worst of all- motor vehicle accidents. However, you need a telematics device to measure the leading indicators of risk of driving behavior related to speeding, hard braking, and fast accelerations. Consider stepping up your safety programs by implementing a safe driving solution such as StriveSafe.