Driving is the riskiest thing we do in a day and it's not getting any safer. According to The National Safety Council, we have reached our third straight year with over 40,000 traffic fatalities.
While there are many telematics GPS systems which can help improve risky driving habits while on the road, the work should really start before your drivers ever turn the ignition switch.
Journey Management for drivers, and even for your own personal trips, is the first step to ensuring a safe arrival at the destination. Many companies will create a Journey Management Plan to give their drivers the tools and checklists so they can feel confident when getting behind the wheel.
Ask your drivers the following three questions before sending them out onto the road:
1) Is there really a need to travel?
Sometimes the safest decision is not to drive at all. Ask yourself if the drive is necessary by assessing the need. Perhaps they are driving to a meeting which can take place online instead. Is there public transportation options available to get to the destination? Finally, are there multiple employee's driving the same location? Maybe a car pool or shuttle service is the best option.
2) Are your drivers mentally and physically prepared for the drive?
Impaired driving is more than making certain your drivers aren't under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Did you know that driving without getting enough sleep is comparative to driving above the legal limit for alcohol in the U.S? Make sure your drivers have enough time between shifts to get a proper night's sleep.
3) Is the vehicle in good working condition?
Make sure vehicle inspections are conducted before every trip to ensure everything is in good working order for the journey. Managing vehicle maintenance and fixing issues in a timely manner should be a part of your journey management plan.
Download this example Journey Management Checklist from Road Safety at Work to get started with your fleet's safety program.