As a fleet manager, it’s important that you’re always promoting safe driving practices, but that’s often a challenge, especially if you run a big team. Unsafe driving habits like distracted driving should be fairly straightforward to address by putting a strict policy in place to ban them. Distracted driving accounts for 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities, according to a report published last year. Here’s the thing about distracted driving: it can and should be avoided. This is where the role of fleet managers comes in – to make sure that their drivers follow a strict safety protocol, while arming them with the tools and the tech that will help facilitate a safer experience on the road.
The National Safety Council (NSC) noted that, in 2017, the number of U.S. vehicle deaths topped 40,000, meaning traffic deaths remain a public health crisis. In light of this year's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we want to highlight some of the dangers of distracted driving and provide some tips around promoting safe driving for companies managing vehicle fleets.