Does harsh braking really affect your fleet?
by Fiona Taylor
Harsh braking and harsh accelerating are affecting your fleet.
Driver behaviour measures such as harsh braking and accelerating have become big items for fleet managers to look at. And ways to improve the safety of the drivers and the public are paramount.
A large part of the fleet managers job is risk management. Avoiding accidents and the related downtime and insurance claims will ultimately save the business money. As a result focusing on driver behaviour will help reduce accidents.
Reviewing and feeding back to the drivers details of their harsh braking events can reduce the instances. Therefore this can increase the overall safety of your drivers and fleet as well as that of other road users. Cost savings can be made too leading to;
- Reducing maintenance costs
- Improving driver safety
- Fuel savings
- Reducing the number of rear end collisions
- Improving your company image and reputation
- Reducing wear and tear
What is harsh braking and accelerating?
Harsh braking or accelerating are driver events when more force than normal is applied to the vehicle’s brake or accelerator. Some people may refer to this as ‘lead foot’ syndrome, and it can be an indicator of aggressive or unsafe driving. It is one of the unsafest driver behaviour patterns. If you want to run a safe fleet then this is one of the key features that you need to monitor.
These driver behaviour events occur when a driver slows or even stops his vehicle extremely quickly. The g-force is picked up by the unit and data is sent back to the software so you can see where the event happened, when and with how much force. Maybe the drivers were being aggressive, maybe the style of driving was unsafe. Perhaps they were distracted, usually a harsh braking event occurs to avoid a collision.
Would you like to learn more about harsh braking and harsh accelerating? Contact us on 01274 587748 and we will be more than happy to talk you through how the Satmo system will make your fleet safer.