Using In-Vehicle Safety Technology to Improve Road Safety At Work

The ETSC has just released a really simple infographic for employers on how to use in-vehicle safety technology - such as seatbelt reminders, intelligent speed assistance (ISA), alcohol interlocks, telematics, lane keep assist ad automated emergency braking (AEB) - as part of a work-related road safety management programme.

It covers tips on:

  • Getting started
  • Vehicle selection
  • Managing staff's use of in-vehicle technology
  • Working with third-parties

New car technology and autonomous features are truly great and life-saving.  That said, they are not available to all today and there is a significant hype which the ETSC advised in March, "threatens to hold back progress... in reducing the 1.25 million deaths that occur annually on the world's roads".

Most crashes today can be avoided and technology - as part of a fleet risk programme - can help reduce risk by 50% or more.  The key to this, we believe, is managing driver behaviour.  Here are 10 Tips that we/TomTom Telematics published back in 2015 that are still valid.

Also, data gathered by DriverFocus over recent years, provides some insight on HOW the average at-work driver performs - both with and without "supervision" in the form of a "behaviour monitoring programme".  For example, just 3% of unmonitored drivers managed to score as well as the average monitored driver!

In short, we're big fans of technology to improve driving for work risk, however creating the right environment that supports and expects good, safe driving behaviour requires a little more thought and effort.  The results are real and well worth it!

Download the ETSC Infographic here



10 Steps to Better, Safer Driver Behaviour

A key pillar of any Responsible Driver Programme is managing driver behaviour.  While many employers remain blind to the actual performance of their staff while driving for work - usually until something bad happens! - others have taken innovative, proactive steps to reduce risk and costs.

This month, one of our key partners, TomTom Telematics has detailed what DriverFocus has also found to be an effective 10 step guide to improving driver behaviour. 

From getting buy-in from drivers and creating efficiency champions to league tables and targeted training, below we outline how can you cut speeding and harsh braking to create more efficient, safer driving and fuel savings.

1. Where are you now - Analyse current performance
2. Where do you want to be - Set targets
3. Share your plans with senior management
4. Share your plans with drivers
5. Identify the problem drivers
6. Address problem drivers
7. Reward improvements and good driving behaviour
8. Share results effectively
9. Review and Refine
10 Find out more.

Further help and information - Contact Us and visit TomTom Telematics 10 Steps to Better Driver Behaviour