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How can your fleet implement driver displays in a safe way?

How can your fleet implement driver displays in a safe way?

Fleets are making increasing use of driver displays, but to be more of a help than hindrance they must be implemented in a safe and efficient manner.


What are driver displays?

Driver displays are technological devices that make a driver aware of information that is not immediately obvious to them through any other means. In recent years the most obvious and common example of a driver display is a personal navigation device such as a dedicated GPS system or a smartphone, modified via specialised software to act in a similar way.

However, the term driver display can refer to in-built technology such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning systems, blind spot information systems, driver fatigue monitoring systems, reversing and parking aids and speed warning sensors.

Many fleet drivers also have to use some sort of delivery tracking system, although this can be restricted to stationary use.

Driver displays are becoming more and more diverse, but they are often implemented for one of two reasons - either to try and improve road safety, or increase efficiency savings.

Why are fleets using driver displays?

The two benefits mentioned - increasing road safety and boosting efficiency - are two concepts that all drivers can appreciate. Indeed, many recreational and non-vocational drivers make use of driver displays either to ensure they don't get lost on unfamiliar roads or just help park the family car in a tight parallel parking space. However, fleet companies quite literally live or die by how well they perform out on the road, so it is only natural that they would seek to embrace any form of device that could give them an advantage.

Effective use of real-time GPS technology can ensure that fleets implement routes that will require less time and fuel and ultimately allow them to increase their profitability.

There is also the fact that fleet drivers are at a greater risk of crashing. Statistics show around one-third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is driving for work purposes and, on average, 20 people lose their lives on a weekly basis due to some form of road traffic accident involving a person driving while at work. Anything that can help fulfil an employer's duty of care obligations and minimise driver downtime has to be considered.

How can a fleet implement driver displays in an effective and safe way?

Just because a piece of technology aims to improve road safety does not mean that it necessarily will. Indeed, anything that diverts a driver's attention away from the road interface for even the smallest amount of time has the potential to break their concentration and can increase the likelihood of a potentially dangerous incident occurring.

If fleet managers can learn to select what driver displays are most fundamental to the staff in their organisation and are made aware of how to implement them in a way in which the potential for distraction is minimised, then driver displays can work towards improving road safety.

Driving technology is here to stay. Fleet drivers and other motorists now accept sat-navs and other GPS technology as a regular part of driving. The focus of road safety policies should be on ensuring that driver displays are seen as an aid to good driving and awareness skills and not a replacement for them.

Who can benefit from the safe use of driver displays?

Anyone who uses a road can.

Fleet companies that can reduce their fuel spend while improving their safety record will make all sort of monetary, morale and reputational gains. Not only will thorough fleet safety policies that govern the correct use of the safest driver displays help improve the safety record of the specific company, they will have a knock-on effect for all road users who can drive, cycle or walk knowing they will not fall victim to a distracted driver.

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

MiX Telematics make it our business to improve the efficiency and safety of your fleet operations. We have produced a comprehensive guide for transport companies who want clear advice with the most effective way to implement driver displays.

You can find extensive statistics, industry regulations and a range of opinion that analyse the use of driver displays in a real-world scenario. To download and read it, click here.

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