Fleet driving comes with inherent risk. And as a fleet manager, ensuring your drivers are fit to work is top of mind.
Driver fatigue is a huge problem, particularly during this UK driver shortage where shifts may be longer than usual. You may be surprised to learn that driver fatigue causes 20% of all accidents, higher than drug-driving! And with 1 in 8 drivers admitting to falling asleep at the wheel, the problem is rampant.
This article will discuss driver fatigue monitoring, today’s most effective tool to prevent tired driving.
What Are The Risks Of Driver Fatigue?
Driver fatigue causes serious cognitive impairment. Tiredness impacts reaction time, attention, judgment, and coordination. Fleet drivers are particularly prone to fatigue due to their long hours spent on the road.
Tired Driving Is As Dangerous As Drunk Driving
And because sleeping drivers don’t brake, fatigue accidents tend to be particularly dangerous and occur at high speeds.
If a fatigue-related accident results in death, the driver at fault faces a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.
As the employer, you have a duty to prevent driver fatigue. This includes following HGV guidelines and creating optimal working conditions. Failure to do so comes at a high price, as you can be held liable for damages incurred. This could be financially devastating, not to mention damage your company’s reputation.
- Because fleet driving requires sustained concentration, driver fatigue monitoring is an essential part of fleet management.
Tracking Software For Driver Fatigue Monitoring
Don’t be fooled: tracking software is not meant to be a surveillance device. In fact, it’s a fantastic tool for overseeing driver hours and routes.
Driver route tracking made easy! With Fleet Geo you can check how long drivers have been on the road without stopping, and their overall mileage breakdown.
- Fleets with telematics have 30% fewer insurance claims on average
Take the guesswork out of calculating driver hours, and have it automatically tracked for you.
Browse the live vehicle tracking costs of Fleet Geo now.
Driving Style Analysis
Driving Style Analysis (DSA) tracks drivers’ speed, acceleration, braking, and mobile phone use. If you notice your staff is driving more recklessly, you can advise them to take a break. Plus, DSA gives you regular safety scores so you can identify problematic driving and prevent accidents.
- Driver monitoring helps you identify fatigued driving and prevent accidents in the moment.
Privacy is a huge concern, of course. DSA tracks vehicles, not the driver. And with Vimcar’s privacy mode, drivers using pool cars can turn tracking off for personal journeys.
→ Car Tracking Isn’t About Spying on Drivers- It’s About Keeping All Road Users Safe
Full Oversight For A Safer Fleet
Preventing fatigued driving is key to protecting your fleet and other road users. Ultimately, your drivers’ actions behind the wheel reflect on your business. And with great tools like driver fatigue monitoring on your side, you have more power than you think to prevent tired driving.
- Live GPS tracking doesn’t just prevent accidents- it also reduces petrol costs, insurance premiums, and vehicle maintenance.
To learn more about how Vimcar can help you put a stop to fatigued driving, contact us today.