5 Ways to Minimize Distracted Driving - Impac

5 Ways to Minimize Distracted Driving

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately nine people die each day as a result of distracted driving.

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As safety is an ongoing effort within the fleet industry for both large trucks and small, it is important for fleet managers to have their drivers practice safe driving.

Here are five ways to help fleet drivers eliminate unnecessary driver distractions:

1. Don’t Multi-Task. When on the road, many drivers can be tempted to do other things and multi-task. However, drivers should only be focused on the road to avoid an accident.

2. Don’t Eat. Eating or drinking while driving can be a huge distraction. Therefore, drivers should eat before or after their trips on the road. If necessary, they can pull to the side of the road to eat in a safe place.

3. No Phones. If a driver must make a phone call, they should pull over to make the call. Although hand-free talking is available within many vehicles, it can still result in an accident. In addition, drivers should never text. To accomplish this, keep all electronics out of reach.

4. Get Organized. Driving with unnecessary clutter all over a vehicle can result in distracted driving. Drivers should organize all paperwork, baggage and gear prior to heading out on the road.  

5. Adjust Before. To avoid distracted driving, drivers should set GPS systems, climate control, mirrors and seats before getting on the road.

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With safety in mind, Impac offers reliable fleet fuel card programs and innovative GPS tracking and reporting systems. With access to specialized telematics data provided by these technologies, driver behavior can be properly reported, monitored and handled accordingly.

To take a step towards reduced distracted driving within your fleet, contact Impac.

Safety Programs for a Better Fleet - Impac

Safety Programs for a Better Fleet

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Establishing an effective safety program is key to ensuring the protection of all drivers, vehicles and assets within a fleet company.

Because safety is an ongoing effort in the fleet industry, there is always a reason to improve company safety programs to reduce driver accidents while increasing overall fleet productivity and efficiency. 

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Solidify the Policy

For every safety program, there is a well-established policy put into place that lays the groundwork for enhanced fleet management. Fleet owners must create a clear policy as to what is expected behavior from their fleet drivers. With that being said, manager-to-employee communication is of upmost importance when attempting to improve safety programs. 

Stay Active

When it comes to safety programs, it is important for fleet drivers to consistently review and analyze all company policies and documents pertaining to safety. Fleet policies should never remain static. The fleet policy in place needs to stay up-to-date to address new safety challenges as the years move forward. 

Using Technology 

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Today, fleet safety programs have been transformed through innovative technology. Technologies can be used to review driver performance, such as fleet fuel cards and GPS tracking and reporting systems. When fleet owners use telematics data to monitor their drivers and provide feedback, improved safety programs become a dual effort.

Unfortunately, accidents will happen in the industry. However, a company can reduce their number of preventable accidents to reduce their largest exposure. 

Impac offers a fleet fuel card program, and GPS tracking and reporting system aimed to all-around improve the safety programs of fleet companies, small or large. 

If you’re looking to take your fleet to the next level of safety, contact Impac today. 

Tips for Effective Fleet Maintenance for Improved Safety-Impac

Tips for Effective Fleet Maintenance for Improved Safety

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Tips for Effective Fleet Maintenance for Improved Safety-ImpacStrong maintenance planning in the fleet industry is a preventive track towards improved safety. Unscheduled checkups, like unexpected truck malfunctions, involve costly repairs and significant company down time due to stalled trucks. However, regular scheduled maintenance checkups on fleet trucks can prevent, detect and repair minor problems before they become serious and expensive issues.

With the tools and technology available today, developing and implementing a strategic plan is easier than ever–saving a company valuable time, money and frustration.

Here are a few tips to keep your fleet and maintenance plan running smoothly with the goal of ultimate safety:

Tip #1: Develop a comprehensive maintenance checklist for vehicles. Based on fleet needs and requirements, routine preventative checklists will consist of diversifying items. However, some essential yet common needs include engine oil and filter changes, tune-ups, seatbelt checks, braking system reviews, fuel system verification, and exterior and interior lighting functionality.

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Tip #2: Develop a schedule that works for your fleet. To determine when the appropriate time that maintenance checkups should take place, review the following within all fleets: miles traveled, engine hours, fuel usage, calendar time, and emergency repairs. Tracking these factors accurately could reveal patterns to help establish a timeline on maintenance efforts.

Tip #3: Track and simplify record keeping. To simplify record keeping within a business and reduce time-consuming tactics while improving production, take advantage of today’s innovative technology by upgrading systems. Telematics allows fleets to examine driver performance–therefore, making it easier to know when to have scheduled checkups take place.

Impac offers start-of-the-art fleet fuel card programs and GPS tracking and reporting systems targeted to ease maintenance plans and improve overall safety. At Impac, our professionals strive to simplify all the processes embedded in a competitive, complex market.

Contact Impac today to discover turnkey fleet solutions delivered by unmatched customer service!

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Are Driver Scorecards Effective in the Fleet Industry?

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Do Driver Scorecards Work-ImpacMany companies in the fleet industry today are implementing improved safety measures to increase all-around business efficiency.  One of these safety measures includes the utilization of driver scorecards.

Driver scorecards help measure risk and safety scores based on various key driving behaviors performed by fleet drivers–such as speeding, harsh breaking and after-hours vehicle use.

Designed with advanced safety technology, both fleet users and managers can gain valuable insight to driver behavior and alter company practices accordingly–ultimately increasing the company’s productivity.

Due to the fact that lack of safety can be crippling to a fleet business, some companies may experience higher insurance costs, maintenance costs, fuel costs and negative business reputation as a result of their drivers’ performances. However, using the detection and tracking data that driver scorecards present can help keep drivers safe–nothing has a greater impact on operating expenses than driver performance.

To get the most out of your current scorecard system, or if you’re considering implementing driver scorecards in your business, follow these action steps:

• Post a weekly driver scorecard report for your drivers. To allow efforts in improving driving habits, allow self-evaluation.

• Define penalties and standards around unsafe driving.

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• Evaluate current liability costs and set goals for improvement based on the current baseline measurements of driving habits.

• Implement driver training and safety programs for high risk drivers.

Impac is dedicated to promoting both business success and driver safety within the fleet industry. At Impac, we understand the shifting demands and focuses of the fleet industry. Our fleet professionals strive to offer the most comprehensive tracking and reporting solutions on the market, via fleet fuel cards and GPS systems, to ensure business productivity is never compromised.

To start improving your day-to-day business operations, call Impac today.