Where do you place value when it comes to fleet safety? Fleets must prioritize a culture of safety from top to bottom, ensuring every driver and vehicle is equipped with the tools and mindset to navigate the roadways securely.   -  Photo: Government Fleet via Canva.com

Where do you place value when it comes to fleet safety? Fleets must prioritize a culture of safety from top to bottom, ensuring every driver and vehicle is equipped with the tools and mindset to navigate the roadways securely. 

Photo: Government Fleet via Canva.com

 

Navigating the complex realm of fleet management, safety continues to be a top-tier concern. This fleet safety roundup takes a closer look at the current landscape, highlighting trends, innovations, and best practices that influence how public sector fleets approach safety. From state-of-the-art technologies to regulatory insights, Government Fleet brings together articles that look at employee well-being, safeguarding assets, and maintaining uninterrupted operational flow.

Comprehensive Driver Training and Education Programs:

  • Implement ongoing driver training initiatives to enhance skills.
  • Provide resources and guidance on defensive driving techniques and safety protocols.

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Follow the 4 Principles of Safe Driving: Light-duty fleet drivers can learn and practice LLLC, or the four principles of driving safely, to reduce risk behind the wheel.

Managing Safety, Distraction in Increasingly Connected Cars: Today’s high-tech vehicles demands a five-prong approach that incorporates sound policy, driver education and coaching, policy enforcement and technology.

Strategic Vehicle Maintenance Protocols

  • Establish and adhere to regular maintenance schedules for all fleet vehicles.
  • Emphasize the importance of thorough pre-trip inspections to proactively identify potential issues.

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Efficient Fleet Maintenance Means Few Communication Breakdowns: With fleet maintenance, projects can pop up at any time. However, communication is key when it comes to staying on top of what needs to be done and keeping the operation running smoothly.

How to Implement a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program: Incorporating a regular preventive maintenance program is essential for fleet management today. Be proactive in scheduling vehicle service before a breakdown occurs and keep good records to avoid negligent entrustment issues.

Effective Telematics and Tracking Systems Implementation

  • Deploy advanced telematics systems to monitor and analyze driver behavior.
  • Utilize cutting-edge tracking systems for real-time location monitoring and route optimization.

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Telematics Brings Benefits to Fleets That Don’t ‘Plug it in and Walk Away’: Two government fleets are using telematics in areas such as predictive maintenance, but fleets should make sure to use the data so they get the most return on investment.

Utilizing More Safety Measures with Increased Traffic: With new developments in AI and what it can tell us about traffic collisions, governments and fleet managers can find news ways to prevent accidents and keep cities safer.

Robust Emergency Response Planning

  • Develop and communicate comprehensive emergency response plans for accidents or breakdowns.
  • Ensure drivers are thoroughly trained on proper procedures during various emergency situations.

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Navigating Crisis with Efficiency: From logistics to adaptability — how effective fleet management mitigates risks and ensures resilience in challenging times.

Preparing Fleets to Handle Emergencies: People and fuel are among the top factors in responding to natural disasters, severe weather, and large public events.

Integration of Advanced Vehicle Technologies

  • Stay informed about and incorporate the latest safety features available for fleet vehicles.
  • Integrate collision avoidance systems and other cutting-edge safety technologies for enhanced protection.

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Virginia Tech Researchers Test Autonomous Vehicle Traffic Stops: Researchers tested the pickup truck's technology in various scenarios, including a traffic stop, to see how it responded without the help of a human operator.

How On-Board Video Can Mitigate Liability: Backing up your drivers becomes easy when you’ve got a recording to prove they were acting in the right.

Meticulous Adherence to Improving Safety:

  • Stay ahead of potential repeat issues, such as weather-related incidents.
  • Be open to implementing change to thoroughly prepare for emergencies.

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New York Town Hires Fleet Manager, Grows Fleet Ahead of Winter Season: The fleet manager position came after the city of Buffalo experienced a historic blizzard, straining the fleet and highlighting the need for a fleet manager and emergency services manager.

The Critical Role of Vehicle Education for Law Enforcement Officers: A crash course on what officers should know about their vehicles in order to operate and maintain them properly, both for their own safety, and so fleet managers can get the best resale value down the line.

Thorough Incident Reporting and Analysis Procedures

  • Establish a robust incident reporting system, encouraging prompt reporting.
  • Analyze incident reports systematically to identify trends and implement preventive measures.

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The Costly Reality of Litigation and How Technology Can Help: Outfitting your fleet’s cabs with the right technology should be every manager’s first step to reduce revenue losses and stay on the road.

10 Things Drivers Should Do in Case of an Accident: Government and National Safety Council statistics reveal that millions of Americans are involved in traffic crashes each year. Here are 10 steps for your drivers to follow when they find themselves in a crash incident.

Fostering Effective Driver Communication and Engagement

  • Cultivate open communication channels between drivers and management.
  • Actively encourage drivers to provide feedback on safety concerns and contribute ideas for continuous improvement.

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Protecting Your Most Precious Assets: How the nation’s largest municipal fleet is setting the standard for driver safety, and how you can do the same.

The Value in Building a Strong Fleet Safety Strategy: “Safety is not a priority. Safety is a non-negotiable core value,” Brian Fielkow of Acrisure said in the opening keynote for the 2023 Fleet Safety Conference.

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Nichole Osinski

Nichole Osinski

Executive Editor

Nichole Osinski is the executive editor of Government Fleet magazine. She oversees editorial content for the magazine and the website, selects educational programming for GFX, and manages the brand's awards programs.

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