5 ways GPS tracking can help minimise your health and safety risk
By Andrew Radcliffe - August 07, 2018
Ensuring workplace safety is a challenge for any business, especially for those that rely on employees who operate vehicles all day (and sometimes overnight). In today’s industry, Health and Safety in your workplace is more important than ever. As a fleet manager or business owner, having complete visibility over your fleet and how your staff are using it is advantageous from a Health and Safety perspective.
The following are five ways GPS fleet tracking technology can give you better visibility over your drivers and vehicles to help prevent accidents and incidents — thus, minimising risk to your business.
1. Monitor driving behaviour to identify risk
Risky driving behaviours like speeding, excessive braking, harsh cornering and rapid acceleration often signal dangerous driving behaviours. With a GPS fleet tracking, you will be alerted of these types of behaviours, allowing you to reinforce better driving habits and provide additional driver training when necessary. The result? Safer drivers, less accidents, incidents and ACC claims.
2. Promote better driving through gamification
With GPS fleet tracking, you’ll have better access to driver and vehicle data points. Use this data to promote safer driving in your organisation by educating your staff through internal initiatives. For example, update your employees on company-wide driver performance on a weekly or monthly basis. By recognising and/or rewarding drivers with the best performance you can create a competitive workplace environment based on safety. Ranking driver behaviour and creating gamification within an organisation promotes better driving.
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GPS fleet tracking allows companies to know where their staff are at all times, which is a major benefit to employee health and safety. This is especially important in remote work environments or for business who have drivers who work overnight. Imagine if your employee was in an accident or incident and you had no way of knowing or locating where they were? With GPS fleet tracking you can set up alerts to let you know when a driver has made it to their destination safely.
4. Alerts make accident reporting significantly easier
In the event of an accident or incident, a GPS fleet tracking system can alert your fleet manager with the exact location and time of the occurrence. Additionally, it will automatically create an incident report for you — cutting down on paperwork, admin time and ensuring the details of the report are correct.
5. Ensure your daily checks are performed
You put periodic checks in place for a reason — to ensure your vehicles are in good working order before the start of a journey. If these checks are skipped it could add unnecessary risk to the Healthy and Safety of your fleet and your drivers. Some GPS fleet trackers can connect to a "walk-around" app, which ensures checks are performed by requiring drivers to answer a series of questions about your vehicle pre-start. These mandatory questions will remind drivers to perform their vehicle checks on the spot.
Fleet Agent offers GPS fleet tracking technology that is specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses. We offer two affordable product packages to suit your business needs — Essential and Premium. To take a look and compare our offerings, visit our product page.