Fast Facts of Distracted Driving
One of the biggest dangers affecting road safety is distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) distracted driving is not just limited to texting and driving – but includes eating or drinking, talking to passengers, or even changing radio stations. This means that the distraction takes the drivers full attention away from the road while they’re operating the vehicle. By far the most common culprit of distracted driving is texting while driving. Driver’s taking their eyes from the road to send a quick text can put themselves and others at risk.
Monitoring Your Fleet
When it comes to employees, it’s difficult to monitor this poor behavior among a fleet. While fleet managers can advise their team to keep focused and stay off their phones, it’s impossible to know whether they’re following the rules.
But distracted driving is a serious matter that should be monitored passed a verbal understanding. In 2017, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicles due to distracted driving. 599 non-drivers, like pedestrians in the crosswalk, were killed by distracted drivers.
SmartScout SafetyCam Solution
A way that Smart Fleet is combating this feat is through the SmartScout Elite SafetyCam. The SafetyCam not only monitors the road, but your driver as well. The SafetyCam works hand-in-hand with the GPS unit, recording videos when events like hard braking, harsh cornering, or rapid acceleration are recorded.
This way fleet managers see the video footage of the road, and also of what the driver was doing. If the driver was distracted during this time, it may be time to coach their driving practices. The camera itself in the vehicle may also help against poor driving. Knowing their employer can see anytime they check their phone or appear distracted while driving may help improve their focus. Unlike a GPS which just records driving in a log, the camera gives fleet managers the missing visual. Fleet managers now get the entire picture, not just a piece of it.