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5 Essential Safety Tips For Fleet Drivers
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Every dutiful driver is an asset for enterprises and amazingly they can cut down the mind-numbing tasks of fleet managers to half. Hence, driver Safety is a key factor to look over in fleet operation. Moreover, for nothing can offset a life, every fleet driver life is a matter for care.
Every day the number of road accidents is growing even worse. Despite the stringent traffic policies and technologies, the rate of human errors in causing accidents is also growing in number day after day.
Technologies in the fleet industry today are trying restlessly to mitigate road accidents. Further, to ensure no life ends on the roads they are working to make safe- autonomous vehicles as well. despite all these efforts, the number of fatal accidents is not reducing on a larger scale.
However, there are few follow-worth tips that help for a secure drive.
Let look at some of the good practices for a safe drive.
1. Preventive Maintenance
Unexpected breakdowns are always a haunting pain for fleet drivers. In addition, it may cause severe life-threatening incidents on the trips. But, most of it can be prevented by periodic inspection and services. Keeping an eye on the tires, engine lubricants, transmission, brakes, and lights would enable the fleet to keep rolling uninterruptedly.
Timely service is another must-follow process in fleet operation to prevent unnecessary maintenance. Replacing the rubbed off and burned out parts at the right time will allow a seamless machine operation. Thereby we can maintain a safe journey.
2. Defensive Driving
Driving on the busy roads are more like a matter of luck today. Though we take much caution on every tweak and turn, the proneness for a hit is high. So acquiring some defensive driving skills will enable us to avoid the chances of unintentional collisions. also, these skills help to skip mischevious drivers across the trip.
Hazardous drivers are growing in number on the roads and multitasking while driving rising the accident rate as well.
So some quick quirks such as keeping focus, maintaining a proper distance, adhering to the lane discipline and never underestimating other drivers help us to maintain a defensive driving practice.
3. Prepare for the Weather
Weather is an open-ended companion for fleet drivers. Sometimes it soothes the drivers and other times its rage is unbearable. However, drivers have to be prepared to encounter any sort of weather condition across their way.
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In addition, maintaining the tire condition, brake, and transmission alignments, lights and signals enable the fleets to confront the odd weather conditions quite effectively.
Taking proper decisions according to the poor driving conditions such as speed limit, lane disciplines and gaps between vehicles will help to keep the vehicle from unintended collisions. Further, in foggy times, appropriate light signals can help us out for a safe drive.
4. Adhere to Lane Discipline
Sticking close with the lane discipline can save our fleet as well as our time, indeed. However, it works only if all of the drivers would think so…
Distractive driving is the major cause that always disorders the lane discipline. Also, the rush to reach the destination may force the drivers to breach the rules often. So, try to avoid the last minute rush and distractive driving trends while behind the wheels.
Nevertheless, obeying the signals, following the rules and helping other vehicles to toe the line enables every vehicle to have a tense-free drive across the roads.
5. Avoid Fatigue Driving
Lack of rest is one of the scary challenges that put the drivers’ life at risk while driving. The mundane long- hauling trips tire out the body of drivers and it weighs down their energy level as well. So, taking proper rest is important to prevent fatigue driving.
Further, the risks coupling with sleepless work schedule is not only the proneness to accidents but also serious health problems such as hypertension, stress, risk of heart diseases and stroke, aches, obesity, etc.
Taking proper sleep and food at the right time and at the right amount is the solution for avoiding fatigue driving. Unfortunately, the work-life balance of fleet drivers cannot be fixed as other jobs for it takes a lot of factors to coincide.
Hence, take appropriate breaks from continues work hours and try to work on a shift based system to avoid unfavorable incidents across the trips.
Since safety is the main concern in fleet operation, we have to adhere to several factors across the roads. By keeping all the possible road rules allow us to create a safe traffic environment not only for us but also for others.
Thus, getting technology supports that can give predictive insights such as Fleet management software could help largely to avoid the possible odd causes. Therefore, always try to obey the rules of roads and the recommended measures to ensure a safe and secure journey.