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Driver behaviour is inextricably linked to a fleet's success

Driver behaviour is inextricably linked to a fleet's success

All organisations place some level of importance on the behaviour and performance of their individual employees, but companies who operate in the fleet sector are particularly dependent on the results of their drivers' actions while they are behind the wheel.


Why is driver behaviour so important to fleets?

Many organisations in both the bus and coach and transport and logistics sectors are finding that high diesel fuel prices and burgeoning government and European legislation are restricting their abilities to control costs and increase their profit margins.

There is also the issue of safety. As road traffic accidents are one of the primary causes of premature death in Europe, fleets are extremely sensitive to road safety dangers. Not only is there the human cost to consider, but resulting driver and vehicle downtime can have a further adverse impact on the balance sheet.

Therefore, if fleet companies can be proactive and improve the performance of their drivers, they can benefit from fleet-wide fuel economy and road safety advancements.

How do fleets improve driver behaviour?

By taking responsibility for their drivers and providing them with a framework in which to learn, apply and adapt. Like all employers, fleet organisations have a duty of care to their staff to provide them with the necessary knowledge and equipment to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

This means a fleet must invest in training and technology systems that can instigate an improvement in driver behaviour. Research has shown that three-quarters of all professional drivers in Europe have never been given guidelines by their employer to encourage positive driver behaviour, while only ten per cent of fleet drivers said their company use dedicated telematics technology to monitor driver behaviour.

What is driver behaviour training?

Put simply, behaviour training is a means of improving driver actions in order to meet fleet and individual fuel economy and road safety objectives.

Technology can help isolate the key actions that a driver takes behind the wheel that have a direct impact on the fleet's overall cost-saving and efficiency goals. By using onboard devices and holding regular training sessions, fleets can help their drivers make progress in the areas of over-speeding, harsh braking and acceleration, over-revving and excessive idling. Telematics has the potential to isolate these indicators in a precise and objective manner. This means that both signs of progression and areas to be improved on in future training session are highlighted.

Who can benefit from driver training?

Fleets make the investment in driver training and monitoring and they see the primary benefit. If implemented correctly and adapted over the long term, fleets can significantly reduce their fuel spend, improve their road safety record, boost their reputation, lower their insurance premiums and maximise the working lifecycle of their vehicles by minimise wear and tear and maintenance costs.

The constant engagement offered by a driver behaviour management programme can also help enhance drivers' morale and offer them a chance to develop on a professional basis.

If fleet drivers are trained to be safer on the roads, it also means that all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from a safer travelling environment.

Where do I go to find out more about best practice in regard to driver behaviour training?

MiX Telematics make it our business to improve the efficiency and safety of your fleet operations. We have produced a comprehensive guide for transport and logistics and bus and coach companies that want clear advice in regard to the current inadequacies in driver training and the best methods of rectify them.

Our latest white paper 'Improved Driver Behaviour In Europe' introduces unique, firsthand and real-world research into the state of driver behaviour across the continent.

Inside the document you can find extensive statistics and a range of opinion that discusses the most effective use of driver behaviour technology and training. To download a copy, click here.

 

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