In the age of cell phones, tablets, and in-vehicle technology, it’s easy to get distracted while driving. While glancing down to check a text or email while driving may not seem that significant, it can quickly lead to serious consequences. In fact, just looking away from the road for five seconds while driving 55 MPH means that your vehicle travels the length of a football field without your attention.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted-driving accidents in 2015 alone caused 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries. They have also found that approximately 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving during the day.
As an employer or fleet manager, you are responsible for the safety and well-being of your drivers. Your safety policies likely include rules about in-vehicle cell phone use, but that doesn’t always prevent distracted driving.
Instead, consider using the Cellcontrol DriveID device to prevent distractions and increase driver safety. This device’s numerous benefits can mean the difference between life and death for your drivers on the road.
1. Block cell phone usage
The best way to avoid distracted driving is to completely eliminate potential distractions. Cellcontrol works with all cell phone platforms to prevent incoming and outgoing calls and messages. Your DriveID works by telling phones to stay in the home screen, sending calls straight to voicemail and blocking messages. Your fleet drivers will be completely unable to access these functions while the vehicle is moving, keeping them safe and focused.
2. Customize your DriveID
Cellcontrol allows you to choose which apps and functions you want to block while your drivers are using your fleet vehicles. If, for example, your safety policy bans texting and emailing, but allows use of navigation and music apps, you can customize your DriveID appropriately. You can test different functions to see which settings work best for your fleet or completely block all phone usage, whichever fits better for your company.
3. Protect drivers in emergencies
You want to prevent distracted driving, but you also need to keep your drivers safe during an emergency. While Cellcontrol’s DriverID blocks phone calls and messages in the vehicle, this device always allows access to emergency numbers. If your drivers are in an accident, need help, or need to connect with the police or rescue services, they can still use their cell phones to call.
Using a Cellcontrol DriverID device can save the lives of your drivers and others on the road. Learn more about this device and its features to better your fleet’s safety.