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Halting Harsh Braking: How to Improve Fleet Safety

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Fleet Managers are continually adding new safety measures to their current practices and policies to reduce risk, liability and more importantly, accidents. There are many forms of aggressive driving that can put your drivers and others on the road at risk. Rear end collisions are the second highest reportable accidents behind “Hit While Parked.”

The ability to know your level of risk, for example that 14-21% of your fleet will be involved in some kind of accident this year, can help you provide significant improvements to driver behavior. By simply monitoring and reducing harsh braking, you ultimately reduce rear-end collisions and the liability and costs associated with these types of accidents.

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What is Harsh Braking?

Harsh braking occurs when a driver uses more force than necessary to stop the vehicle. The presence of harsh braking often indicates aggressive or distracted driving and can lead to costly claims, as well as increased maintenance issues.

It is important to note that harsh braking does not always mean your driver is being unsafe or aggressive while operating. Often these same type of harsh braking events occur to avoid accidents from happening. Reviewing such events with your drivers is a valuable exercise.

Benefits of Monitoring Harsh Braking

Reducing harsh braking can increase the overall safety of your drivers and the general public, and can provide continuous savings to your fleet operations. The benefits of monitoring harsh braking include:

  • Reduced rear end collisions
  • Prevention of aggressive driving behaviors
  • Improved safety of drivers and public
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Reduced brake issues

How to Monitor and Reduce Harsh Braking Events

If you’re not already using a Telematics solution, implementing telematics into your safety program will offer major improvements. You can expect significant improvements to the performance and behavior of your drivers, as well as a reduction in accidents and related costs within your fleet.

By installing Geotab’s GO7 device in your fleet vehicles, you can receive reports and real-time alerts for aggressive driving and hard braking events. In addition, Geotab offers live in-cab coaching through buzzers or our newly introduced GO TALK with spoken feedback to drivers.  

When you can’t be with your mobile workers in their vehicles, having a telematics system that allows you to be the virtual supervisor with real time alerts and corrections will have ongoing benefits to your fleet by reducing accidents, reducing maintenance and ultimately reducing your overall costs.

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