Speeding means higher risk and higher cost

There is no bigger road warrior than the commercial truck driver. Often driving more than 100,000 miles a year, the average truck driver spends more time behind the wheel in two months than most Americans do in a year.

Like everything on semi-trucks, the force they exert during an accident and the effect of speed on fuel economy are bigger than those of their passenger counterparts. Most commercial trucks are big, heavy and about as aerodynamic as a brick. Because of this, fleet managers are continuously concerned with the safety and efficiency of their drivers.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, per unit of travel in 2008, large trucks were involved in more fatal crashes than passenger vehicles: 1.7 crashes per 100 million miles traveled compared with 1.5 crashes for passenger vehicles.

To help reduce the risk involved in commercial trucking, today's fleet managers are adopting telematics and GPS-related solutions to increase driver safety, decrease accidents and, at the same time, manage costs and business profitability. By monitoring driver speed and behavior - through reporting and analytical tools? fleet managers can address and modify aggressive behavior. As a result, they can reduce speeding, fuel costs and additional repair costs.

Just as our vehicles are bigger than passenger cars, so is our responsibility to safety.

This entry was posted on December 19th, 2011 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.