By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVision
It is the top priority of most businesses that rely on drivers, whether they employ professional drivers, a few salespeople, or a large crew of workers that drive as a function of their job. Developing an ingrained safety culture and a comprehensive safety program delivers a positive impact on any company’s bottom line.
Comprehensive safety programs come in many shapes and sizes from self-reporting policies to keep the driver manager aware of any possible issues, point systems to identify when actions should be taken, to driver training programs to address high-risk behavior and keep safety top of mind. Fleets are constantly in search of ways to offset risk with new technologies and safety programs.
Before a true safety culture can be effective, driver and fleet managers must understand the level of risk an irresponsible driver poses to their organization. Entrusting a driver with a company vehicle or entrusting them to drive their own vehicle on company time, is a big risk. If the driver is not prepared to adhere to safety regulations, they are a risk that is not worth taking.
HOW TO IDENTIFY RISKY DRIVERS
Motor Vehicle Records, or MVRs, are the most effective way to determine driver risk at hire and throughout the driver’s employment. MVRs provide a full view of a driver’s history for the last 3-7 years, depending on the state, and have several risk-indicating components. Some of those components are listed below.
• DRIVER AND LICENSURE INFORMATION
Useful information like license type and license expiration date can help a driver’s manager know that the driver is properly licensed for the type of vehicle he or she drives.
• LICENSE STATUS
An unlicensed driver continuing to operate a vehicle increases a company’s potential liability dramatically. Suspended drivers have an accident rate that is 14X higher than other drivers.
• ACCIDENT REPORTS
Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Drivers that have a history of accidents are typically the riskiest group of drivers. Human error is responsible for 94% of all driving-related accidents.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO IDENTIFY RISKY DRIVERS WITH “Risky Drivers: How to Spot the Red Flags”