As the owner or manager of a trucking company, one of
your main concerns is the safety of your fleet. According to the FMCSA, driving behavior is the main contributor to accidents. Without safe drivers and driving behaviors, your company can lose money as a result of increased accidents, insurance premiums, and fines for non-compliance. How can you meet your safety challenges?
Dave Kraft, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
Chairman, EOBR Task Force, American Trucking Associations
Driver distraction in commercial vehicle operations is among today’s biggest issues for safety management in the transportation industry. Cell phones and text messaging are used widely, as are in-cab fleet management systems that have the potential to cause driver distraction. Safety studies have demonstrated the dangers of drivers becoming disengaged on the task of driving because of misuse of technology. Studies have also explored the complexity of distraction issues based on visual, physical, and mental engagement as well as duration, intensity, and other factors that limit driver focus and performance. The challenge now is how best to constrain the distracting use of communications and in-vehicle systems and also leverage features that will reduce driver distraction.
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You can rely on Omnitracs' safety solutions to help your fleet run more safely, efficiently, and profitably. We understand the many issues facing the trucking industry today. There are more rigorous federal and state regulations to comply with, including the monitoring of drivers' hours and a reduction in the number of hours allowed under certain conditions. Concerns about driver distraction and driving behavior have become paramount. These factors can lead to more travel time and more accidents. In addition to the risk of personal injury, there is also the potential loss of cargo and customers, and increases in administrative time and expense, insurance premiums, and fuel and other costs.
Dave Kraft, Director of Industry Affairs, leads our participation in and monitoring of industry standards and regulatory departments. Dave describes driver distraction in commercial vehicle operations as one of today’s biggest issues for safety management in the transportation industry. FMCSA research has shown that carriers with a high unsafe driving rating are twice as likely to have a crash as the national average, and that driver behavior is the primary contributing factor in truck crashes (87% factor).
Our safety solutions can help you meet these challenges. At Omnitracs, we understand you need solutions that increase visibility into unsafe driver behavior to help you reduce safety-related incidents. With applications including Critical Event Reporting, Performance Monitoring, Vehicle Inspection Report and Analytics Manager, your driver managers have access not only to data, but to easy-to-understand information about safety behaviors and risks. They also help you identify and improve the drivers most at risk for unsafe driving and CSA violations. Implementing proactive driver education programs can help you prevent accidents by focusing on critical risk factors and the highest risk drivers.
With our industry-leading In-Motion User Interface, your drivers get the information they need to help them do their jobs efficiently and productively without being distracted by their mobile units. Our solutions allow your drivers to automatically maintain hours of service logs and vehicle inspection reports. And to help you get the most out of your Safety solution, you can rely on the FleetRisk Advisors consulting team, a business unit of Omnitracs.
According to FMCSA statistics, the average cost of an injury accident involving a medium/heavy truck is $330,000. If there is a fatality, the average cost skyrockets to over $3 million. After adopting Omnitracs' CER application, Cargo Transporters® reduced crashes and accident claims. According to Cargo Transporter’s Safety Director, Jerry Waddell:
We knew that reducing critical events would lead to a reduction in accidents and we were confident CER would help us do that,” says Waddell. “It worked. We went nine months – 36 million miles – without a major, DOT recordable accident.
Omnitracs has been leading the way in the telematics industry for 25 years. With our "one-stop-shop" approach, we provide you with affordable tools to help you meet the many challenges facing your company today, including safety, compliance, and running efficiently and profitably. You don't need an IT department: Omnitracs offers you Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions – software that is deployed over the Internet. All you need to get started is an Internet connection and a web browser.
As an industry leader, not only does Omnitracs provide you with the latest technology, we also keep on top of the latest industry issues and safety regulations and serve on several industry associations' safety councils, including:
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