Safety in the mobile workplace can never be taken for granted, and it is the responsibility of fleet managers to educate and train their fleet drivers effectively.
A handy resource from the team at Movolytics has been created to highlight the 10 Steps to encourage better driver behaviour. The plan looks at creating a clearly defined start-to-finish journey towards improved performance.
In taking on board these steps, fleet managers are able to reduce idling, speeding and harsh braking to create more efficient, safer driving and significant fuel savings.
The benefits of safer driving can often have a massive flow-on effect on your entire fleet operation. Financially and practically the difference is extremely noticeable over a period of time.
“If your engineers are driving safely then they will be driving within limits and that means that fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance on items such as tyres, brakes and general wear and tear will be reduced,” Paul Foster, Director of Solutions Engineering for Telogis explains.
“In turn, that means vehicles are easier to maintain and over a large fleet that is going to be very beneficial.”
Never give up on giving your employees constant training and advice to ensure their driving habits remain in line with the policies that you have agreed about. Having regular open discussions and communications with your team are vital to success.
10 simple steps to improve driver behaviour
1. Find your starting point
Using the likes of telematics technology, you need to begin by finding current performance levels. This software can provide a detailed report on each driver’s performance using data collected on their previous journeys. Using this information, you can identify the strengths and weaknesses of each driver.
2. Set your standards
Create a benchmark to give your drivers a specific target to achieve. These standards can cover everything from fuel consumption and idling, to harsh cornering and sudden braking.
3. Get senior management on board
Leadership is important when it comes to making changes, so make sure everyone supports your plan. Use research to support your plan of action. If you plan on giving incentives for good driving behaviours, show senior management how a small investment in your drivers can have long-term benefits.
4. Share your vision with the drivers
Involve the drivers in the process to make them feel like their voice is being heard. Make sure your plan is being shown in a positive light and highlight how it will be beneficial to the drivers. If you think it’ll help, identify a number of advocates who can champion your plans and help get the drivers on board.
5. Identify each driver’s strengths and weaknesses
Compare the data of each driver’s current performance with the benchmark you’ve created. Drawing up a league table can help drivers identify their current performance level and turn the plan into a fun competition.
6. Track progress
Show your drivers how they have improved through regular updates to the league table. Consider providing tailored support for drivers who have specific areas that aren’t improving.
7. Reward good driving behaviour
Give your drivers an incentive to achieve or maintain good driving behaviours. This could be through physical rewards like bonuses and extra holiday, though simply recognising progress and success can often be enough reward to keep people interested.
8. Share results
Incentivise drivers to continue improving by sharing their success stories. Keep he league table up-to-date and accurate, so drivers know that their hard work is being rewarded.
9. Fine-tune your plan
Analyse how drivers have progressed since your plan was first implemented and make any necessary changes to make it even more successful. Make sure to set a clear timeline so you can regularly check on the progress of each driver and ensure improvements continue.
10. Dig deeper
Continue to explore ways your fleet can be improved. Perhaps there are ways you can increase your team’s productivity. Maybe there are simple ways to reduce costs. Keep exploring and striving for a better (and happier) fleet!