Vision Techniques
CIWM Awards

News/Blog

Why Fleet Safety Is Important To Any Operator

why fleet safety is important to any operator feature image

Posted on 11th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

There’s no shortage of reasons why fleet safety is – and always will be – vitally important. At Vision Techniques, we stock a lot of products with this very purpose in mind. Improving fleet safety carries tangible benefits for yourself, your drivers, your customers and even the road users around them. In this week’s blog (the first entry of a two-part series), we’re going to take a moment here at Vision Techniques to explain some of the most critical ones.

Here are some of the top reasons why fleet safety is so important:

  1. It improves the safety of drivers themselves
  2. It cuts down on aggressive driving and prevents accidents
  3. It protects pedestrians, motorists and other road users

Ensuring Fleet Safety Also Improves Driver Safety

hgv fleet

The welfare of employees is always a top concern of any employer, as the law gives the latter a duty of care. Time and again it’s been proven that driving for a living can be very dangerous – statistically level with some of the UK’s most dangerous occupations, in fact. This is for a variety of reasons. Roads can be inherently unpredictable, and there is a long list of risk factors that can affect the frequency of crashes; including adverse weather and driving for long hours without a sufficient number of breaks (just to name a few).

If they’re on a deadline, drivers can sometimes lapse in regards to ensuring their own safety in the name of getting the job done. Monitoring driver behaviour can ensure that all drivers adhere to company policy regarding safety standards. This leads us neatly onto our next point…

It Cuts Down On Aggressive Driving, Preventing Accidents

stats

Though obviously every qualified driver is – by definition – capable of driving safely, some people pick up bad driving habits as they become more confident on the roads. These habits can include things like speeding, harsh braking, quick cornering and other aggressive driving behaviours.

Though these are worrying enough on their own, they’re obviously especially hazardous when the driver is in control of a HGV; one of the most dangerous types of vehicle on the roads due to its size and weight. When alone on the roads, these habits can slip back into normal driving behaviours, something that it’s obviously in employers’ interests to prevent. Fleet monitoring and safety products allow employers to identify and prevent these behaviours, thereby ensuring the safety of both drivers and other road users alike.

These are just some of the main reasons why fleet safety and fleet monitoring products can tangibly benefit both your company and drivers. Bear with us here on the blog, as next week we’ll be back with more reasons why you definitely should invest in fleet monitoring technology, no matter your industry or the size of your business.

In the meantime, feel free to browse our full range of products, which includes VT Live and VT Record – both highly advanced pieces of kit that each serve their own specialised purpose, but are equally effective as tools for monitoring safety standards. if you need any advice or would like to place an order, just give our sales line a call on 08452 873 438.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @visiontechniques