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Show some love to drivers with your onboard safety strategy

Jon Cronson
Jon Cronson
Product Marketing Specialist

In the midst of billions of business-to-consumer transactions, trucks and cars moving along busy highways, and the habitualness of our everyday routines lies something very precious — human lives.

Naturally, the majority of us don’t give much thought to mortality in our day-to-day. In just one moment, however, we can be thrown from the mirage of safety into the trenches of terror.

For truck drivers, safety is paramount. As with all things, though, incidents still occur. In recent years, the heightened focus on onboard safety monitoring has shined a spotlight on the conversation of fleet and driver safety. But what makes a good safety monitoring strategy?

Here are three things you should keep top of mind:

Visibility to risk is indispensable

To effectively identify and reduce dangerous incidents on the road, you should look to monitor key indicators to risky driving behavior, like hard braking, follow time, and speeding.

Analyzing historical trends in these areas can be beneficial, but it’s also imperative that you have visibility into risk as soon as possible. If back-office teams are able to collect onboard data within just minutes, they’re far more equipped to correct risky driving behavior before it’s too late. In addition, this data can be used to coach drivers in the long term to further advance their overall performance and safety.

Keep focus on the long term

Cinderella’s glass slipper, finding “the one,” and the right safety strategy — all things that need to fit just right. When thinking of your business, you want to put a plan in place that will seamlessly fit with your business as it grows.

With all the intricate details that go into managing a process, the last thing any fleet manager wants to do is to constantly change their solutions. Knowing when a process feels sustainable often comes down to whether or not it delivers on its end goal. In the case of onboard safety monitoring, it comes down to whether or not this is the best way you can go about keeping drivers safe.

Prioritize third-party integration

Third-party integration is key by today’s standards, but few telematics providers are able to provide that feature. When your solution is integrated, you can ensure that your fleet and driver information is being properly utilized. If you’re capturing driver data, you need a reporting solution that gives you visibility into that data so you can better see risks.

With drivers managing their hours and electronic logging, and fleet managers managing maintenance and fuel applications, switching between applications can quickly become tedious. A solution that integrates with other advanced solutions is much more manageable and visible than one hidden between other applications.

To find out about how you can proactively address and reduce unsafe driving behavior, prevent accidents before they occur, and utilize near real-time alerts, learn more about Omnitracs Critical Event Reporting — designed with your drivers, fleet, and bottom line in mind.