3 tips for dealing with wayward drivers
by Fiona Taylor
Can vehicle trackers help with your drivers behaviour?
Driving on any road, at any time of the day, has its risks. Even the best drivers can struggle if you throw in bad weather, roadworks, or just an increase in traffic. These risks are increased if your drivers become aggressive behind the wheel. Driver training is a must to keep your drivers and business safe.
If you run a fleet of vehicles then finding out that a member of your staff was responsible for an accident is the last thing you want to hear.
Here are our 3 tips for dealing with wayward drivers
1 – SMART objectives
Set objectives for your drivers based on their current driving style. Use feedback to praise what they are good at and seat realistic and measurable goals for them to achieve.
For example speed limits – See what speed your drivers are going and if it is above or below the required speed. Speed limits are set for a reason, drivers not following these guidelines become a liability.
2 – Training
Check out how often your drivers are accelerating harshly, or are they often braking harshly? If you start to see a pattern in braking or accelerating, you will more than likely find an aggressive driver. This behaviour can be changed with the right driver training. Feedback is important to your team so they know how their behaviour affects the company.
3 – Tracking
Review the hours that a vehicle is in use. And in turn check the hours that your driver has been working. Tired drivers are also dangerous drivers. If you find someone not taking their breaks properly then you can feed this back and potentially eliminate the chance of accidents.
Your vehicles are an advertisement to your business. If your driver is the person on the road who is weaving in and out of traffic, driving too close to other drivers, and generally being a bad driver, they are not going to be the one who looks bad. It will be you, and your company branding that the members of the public see.
How can driver training help your business?
A vehicle tracking unit can help you identify these behaviours shown by problem individuals in your team. However a vehicle tracking unit cannot give you a 100% guarantee to always keep your drivers and business name safe, but it can help.
As a business owner, it is important to understand that the decisions your drivers make, can put a life-long stain on your business name. Reduce this risk by using all the information that is available to you. Get some vehicle tracking installed and use the information in your driver training sessions. If you have any questions please feel free to ask the team here, you can call us on 01274 587748, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help.
Fiona Taylor is the Sales Manager at award winning Satmo Vehicle Tracking. If you feel you need help with your fleet, want to gain back control, save some money and time then please get in touch.