The Week of Webinars – Safety Edition featured 20 fleet professionals speaking on ten different safety-related topics, and we’ve compiled one key message from each webinar that you need to take home to your fleet.
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Now being forced to adapt, fleets are discovering new practices and technology that they’ll continue using after the pandemic that can improve communication and efficiency. Just a few include:
- Streamlining communication up and down your fleet’s chain of command
- Using Zoom calls as an option for meetings
- Distributing weekly video messages
Transportation lawyer John Pion said “The biggest misconception about nuclear verdicts is that people think ‘They can’t happen to me.’” Make sure you’re doing everything you can to prevent accidents and reduce liability with the most effective tools on the market. Reevaluate your employee handbook to make sure its guidelines are comprehensive, yet easy to follow. A complicated handbook is ripe for inconsistencies that a plaintiff’s attorney will discover.
If your CSA scores aren’t strong enough to receive a fair rate from insurers, you can still demonstrate to insurers that your fleet is a low-risk investment by being upfront with your data. You should collect all your fleet’s data, organize it, and then be honest with insurers about your weak spots and what you’re doing to improve on them.
If you ignore safety for profit, your fleet won’t last long. The most effective way to build a long-lasting, profitable fleet is to take safety seriously and build a strong safety culture on the back of smart data organization and analysis. You can start by:
- Asking drivers how they would improve safety to show their feedback is important
- Sending strong top-down messages about the importance of safety
- Bringing your operations team into the safety process so everyone in your fleet understands the importance of safety
AI captures more complex relationships between data points than a traditional scorecard does. Models built on machine learning identify risk that human managers might not even know they should be looking out for. This gives you more accurate predictions overall. You should consider an AI-powered risk solution for your fleet.
It’s important to take a hard look at how drivers interact with your fleet’s technology. If you don’t have buy-in from your drivers, you won’t get any of the benefits technology promises. When implementing new technology, you need to invest in a solution that prioritizes transparency and user experience so you can ensure full compliance across your fleet.
Safety Suite is the only driver management platform that integrates with all your third-party systems. With a fully configurable platform, your team can access an elevated view of your drivers and unlock the true potential of your data. Easily identify your at-risk drivers, assign and monitor professional development plans, and turn at-risk drivers into award winners. Watch a 2-minute demo to see how you can simplify your safety.
Drivers don’t want to feel like they’re just a number. This is where most people lose their drivers—they don’t treat them with respect. You need to make sure you’re in regular contact with your drivers and are connecting with them on a personal level.
Clear, concise, timely communication should be expected of managers. You need to make sure your managers are communicating to drivers the expectations of their role in terms of safety and operational execution. Proactive communication can both prevent accidents and reduce turnover in your fleet.
We have to be comfortable saying “It’s okay not to be okay.” Research has shown that depression hits drivers harder than other types of workers, and we need to combat the belief that feeling depressed means you’re weak.