The transportation of goods is a big business, but it’s also a dangerous one. Road incidents are incredibly common, so even if your drivers are always perfect in their driving, problems may still arise. While yes, a staggering 90% of serious incidents are due to human error, there are many safeguards, tools, and systems available that can help you minimize those numbers and save lives.
These tools are typically available for various vehicle sizes, allowing you to customize your setup to suit your business. Regardless of whether you operate just one truck or manage a fleet, you’ll want to invest in these top four safety features in 2023.
Use a Lane Assist Tool
An assist tool like the Aftermarket Lane Assist solution from Mobileye works to prevent rear-end collisions and tailgating by warning a driver 2.7 seconds before impact. On high-speed roads, this can mean the difference between life and death. That same system can help drivers more efficiently avoid pedestrians and cyclists. It can even notify drivers if there’s been an unintended lane departure.
In short, a lane assist tool like this acts as a second pair of eyes. If your driver’s attention deviates for any reason, the lane assist tool will be there to back them up and help keep them driving safely.
Live Route Optimization
Taking a road that requires fewer turns while also being devoid of traffic is not only a great way to save money; it’s a simple method to boost the safety of your employees. Not only does the route need to be optimized for the vehicle size, but it also needs to be optimized for the length of the trip. This means working in rest stops at regular intervals so that your drivers can switch out on time and take their mandatory breaks where they have places to eat, freshen up, and even sleep.
Use Live Tracking to Boost Customer Service
Sometimes there are delays. Delays never mean you should pressure the driver or feel pressured to try to cut corners to get the order in on time. While timely deliveries are important, there will always be road conditions that you cannot anticipate. If you’re already on a road when an incident occurs ahead of you, then you’ll be stuck no matter what you do. By setting up your vehicles so that they can provide live tracking and updates, you can keep customers informed. If there’s an unavoidable traffic jam, for example, your drivers should be able to notify not only the system but you directly so that you can get in touch with your customer to explain the situation.
Your vehicles should have cameras at the rear, front, and sides. While the best option is to have these feeds available to your drivers so that they can avoid issues in their blind spots, this isn’t always available. Having dash cameras at a minimum will allow you to understand what happened and can also play a huge part in getting an insurance payout if your driver wasn’t at fault.