Fleets from different industries have unique needs and challenges. This means fleet and driver management programs can’t be one size fits all. But one thing that is standard across all fleets is the need to make safety a priority.
A safer fleet means a number of benefits, not the least of which is ensuring your drivers can go home to their families at the end of each shift. Fleet safety programs can also help reduce maintenance costs, minimize losses due to accidents, improve inspections and CSA scores, make compliance easier, and even help you with customer service and retention.
Fortunately, today’s technology makes it easier than ever for fleets to create a culture of safety.
Not All Fleet Safety Technology Is the Same
One thing seems to be the same across the human condition: we don’t like change. For this reason, many drivers and fleet managers alike don’t want to add new technologies to their fleet. They’re concerned that it will make things difficult with frustrating interfaces and lengthy installation processes. Drivers may feel that GPS tracking and in-cab cameras are infringing on their privacy. Many question the need for new fleet safety services when the old way seems to be just fine.
In some cases, these fears are borne out. Some operating systems can’t integrate properly with the rest of your business. Others take hours in the garage to install. Still others are so complex as to be impossible to operate without lengthy training classes. But not all fleet technology has to be this way.
How Azuga Smart Fleet Safety Technology is Different
Azuga’s GPS driver safety devices are designed for ease of install. We use your commercial fleet vehicles’ existing OBDII ports to connect to the on-board computer system. This means installing Azuga Fleet is a simple matter of plugging in the device. There’s no complex wiring to worry about and your mechanic doesn’t even need to be involved. The whole process should take less than five minutes per vehicle.
Next, our Safe Driver Rewards program is an excellent way to change the way your drivers view tracking and monitoring software. They may view this as a “big brother” type system that looks over their shoulders to find out what they’re doing wrong. But rather than looking for misdeeds and “gotcha” moments, our program is designed to gamify safety.
With our safety rewards addon, your drivers will enjoy a friendly competition to see who can be the safest vehicle on the road. Monitoring devices then become allies in improving safety scores in order to win rewards. Drivers can track their safety scores and access coaching programs to help them rise through the ranks and eventually earn gift cards for their efforts. We’ve found this to be an effective way to increase driver buy-in and job satisfaction as well.
Our suite of products can help with several compliance issues. We can keep you ahead of the curve with HOS reporting, DOT inspections, and DVIR requirements. Our interface is simple and straightforward, making it easy for your drivers to access needed applications and take care of business.
Not only can our vehicle diagnostics help you stay ahead of compliance issues, but we can also improve driver training and overall safety. With our system, data is captured every time a vehicle is in use. You’ll get all sorts of useful and actionable information from our telematics reporting. This means you’ll know what’s going on in your fleet at all times. Data on safety, maintenance, fuel consumption, optimized routing, excessive idling, and so much more will be at your fingertips.
Putting Fleet Safety First
If you want to create an effective culture of safety within your fleet, there are several ways to ensure your drivers are putting safety first.
The first step in the process is good driver training. In the past, this often meant sitting new hires in front of a safety training video that will be forgotten before they ever hit the road. Today, we have better ways of training commercial fleet drivers. Our GPS trackers allow you to monitor driver behaviors on the road. You’ll be able to see when risky behaviors occur, and how often. We monitor for speeding, hard braking, sharp acceleration, and several other bad habits.
Azuga Coach can then help with personalized training for each driver, based on their own habits and tendencies. There are also real-time in-cab driver alerts to remind them when they’ve strayed away from best practices. This type of on-the-go drivers’ alert training is more effective than the old way of doing things because problems can be corrected as they pop up.
Next, our DriveSafe addon allows you to block distractions from cell phones while on the road. You’ll be able to keep your drivers from texting, calling, and using various apps while on the highway, but they’ll still be able to get hold of the home office when needed.
Better routing can also help to promote fleet safety. Our program allows you to steer drivers away from areas that might cause problems and get them to their destination in the most efficient way possible. They’ll avoid problems like traffic congestion, road construction, and other hazards. And your drivers can even be notified of bad weather before they drive into it.
In the case of an emergency, your drivers will have access to a panic button that alerts you immediately that there’s a problem. You can send emergency relief to their exact location, or just direct another truck in the fleet to help them out. And if your driver should be rendered unconscious through an accident or medical emergency, you’ll be able to see exactly where they are to get help to them quickly.
We all know that a good maintenance program is an important piece of the puzzle in fleet safety. Azuga can help with alerts for inspections, better maintenance scheduling, and early problem detection with vehicle diagnostic monitoring. This type of predictive maintenance means you’ll be alerted to diagnostic trouble codes, allowing you to correct problems before they grow into something large and expensive.
No matter where you currently stand with your fleet’s safety program, you probably know there are ways it can be improved. Why not streamline safety and fleet management with a comprehensive GPS telematics system that will help your drivers stay safe on the road? Contact Azuga for a free demo today.