“The speed limit is the legally acceptable maximum speed and the socially acceptable minimum speed.”
For most drivers, going a bit over the speed limit is a normal part of driving. Going any slower invites annoyance from the drivers around you.
Still, speed limits are set for a reason. Fleet managers are responsible for their drivers’ safety, which means restricting speeding and other dangerous behaviors.
4 ways to curb speeding in your fleet
1. Track speeding with fleet telematics
You can’t make progress unless you track your results. A telematics device will show who is speeding and how often. Once you identify the employees who are struggling to drive safely, you can address this dangerous behavior.
Some telematics solutions offer an in-cab coaching feature. The device will sound an alert when drivers exceed a pre-set safe speed, such as 10 MPH over the speed limit. The driver will know to slow down and the solution will log the incident.
2. Emphasize the need for safety
Even if drivers know to avoid speeding, they might not know why. In your training sessions and materials, outline the ways speeding can put people in danger. Show how faster speeds can:
- Make the vehicle harder to control
- Decrease reaction times
- Increase potential damage and injuries
Drivers should understand that your policies are about safety, not about setting rules. No matter how frustrating they may find the speed restrictions, they are in place for their well-being. Remind your team that saving a few minutes or seconds isn’t worth their lives.
3. Reward your team for safe driving
Your telematics devices provide important data about your drivers and their behavior. Tracking this data allows you to get an overall picture of your fleet’s safety.
Additionally, it gives you the ability to incentivize safer driving.
Create a rewards program, assigning points to safe behaviors. Drivers can win weekly prizes for good driving. Offer gift cards, time off, and more to encourage participation. With time, safe driving will become a habit rather than a way to win rewards. Your drivers will be safer overall and less likely to experience accidents.
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