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Managing a business today involves managing many types of risk. The Total Transportation Management Process can help you better manage your drivers and their safety, as well as keep vehicles in good working order. Driver selection, qualification, technology, training and a safety program are factors to consider when ensuring the protection of your employees, vehicles and company's bottom line.
Two of the most important aspects of a transportation safety system are understanding who your drivers are and having consistent high standards in your driver hiring practices.
Consultants, engineers, salespeople or office managers — anyone who drives a vehicle on the job should be considered a driver, even if driving is not his or her main job.
Picking the right employee to drive for your company is the foundation of a strong and secure transportation safety program. Everything else is built on the basis of hiring the right driver.
New drivers should understand the rules of your organization, as well as the rules of the road.
Selecting the right driver is just the start. Drivers have to be qualified (and periodically requalified) to ensure that they still meet your standards for safety in the workplace and on the road.
The Department of Transportation has qualification standards for regulated drivers. Be sure that drivers follow both the government standards and your own.
A motor vehicle record (MVR) can be one of the best tools to manage drivers, but they are only as good as the management structure built to interpret and use them properly.
Are your driver qualification standards consistent? Your summer intern and best salesperson pose the same liability — be consistent with the rules.
Now that you've selected the right drivers, it's time to look at your safety program. Determine the best way to tie the program into your daily operations and driver management.
Every driver, even if driving is only a portion of that employee's job, should receive regular feedback on his or her driving performance.
A tired driver can be as dangerous as a drunken driver — understand the demands your operations place on driver wellness.
Mobile technology such as smart phones keeps us connected, but also can distract us from driving safely. Reducing this risk starts with a commitment from management to limit or eliminate the need for constant availability.
Once you've done the hard work of selecting and organizing your drivers, now you need to have the right vehicle with the right safety features to do the job.
When drivers are on the road, they rely on vehicles that are in good condition and properly maintained.
Not all vehicles are appropriate for all jobs. Having the right vehicle and the right safety equipment can make the difference.
Drivers no longer have to be lone workers, isolated from management. Modern vehicle telematics can help you understand your driver's behaviors and provide coaching.
Storms, fire, and other disasters can destroy your vehicles as surely as a collision. Reduce the risk of a total fleet loss by avoiding vehicle concentrations.
Once you know who your drivers are, have a selection process in place with an ongoing qualification process, a comprehensive fleet safety program and a good vehicle program, now is the time to keep your drivers' skills fresh through training.
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