According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration
“You need a driver safety program”
• To save lives and to reduce the risk of life-altering injuries within your workforce.
• To protect your organization’s human and financial resources.
• To guard against potential company and personal liabilities associated with crashes involving employees driving on company business.
Your program should work to keep the driver and those with whom he/she shares the road safe. And, if necessary, the program must work to change driver attitudes, improve behavior, and increase skills to build a “be safe” culture.
Measure What You Want to Manage: First things first. Deciding what to measure is often the most difficult part of any safety program. With Fleet Connect Express, we’ve implemented reports that already determine the events and thresholds for you. Yes, you can customize these reports as you go, but we recommend starting with one of these options to get your program started:
1. Safety Scorecard: The Safety Scorecard is a type of report based on the Sum Scorecard metric, which is designed to lower the potential for fleet-related accidents and improve overall fleet safety. In order for this scorecard to universally apply to any fleet, it relies on your fleet being grouped into two classifications: • Light & Medium Duty – 0 to 26,000 lbs. • Heavy Duty – 26,000 lbs or more.
The Safety Scorecard then counts the following events for each vehicle group: 1. Threshold speed. 2. Posted speed. 3. Harsh breaking. 4. Rapid acceleration.
2. Driver Policy Violations Report: The Driving Policy Violations Summary Report provides four interactive graphs, a violation count breakdown, and violation totals for each vehicle selected in the report parameters. Violation types include: • Rapid acceleration (.30g) • Harsh braking (.45g) • Hard right and left turning events (.35g) • Idling (300 seconds / 5 minutes) • Speeding (75 mph)
Manage What You Just Measured
Now comes the most important part. You have the data…now what? In other words:
• How often should you review this data?
• What data is most important to look at individually and as a group?
• How do you decide who to talk to once you have the data? What should you say?
• How do you see the types of events that are happening for specific vehicles?
• How do you improve behavior once you know it’s bad?
Stay tuned for next week’s update: “Creating Your Safety Scorecard”
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