Global Fleet Champions has released new advice for fleet managers on how journey scheduling and routing can affect driver behaviour.
The factsheet, sponsored by Trakm8, offers advice on protecting drivers and other road users by ensuring that your journeys put their safety first.
It discusses the importance of creating a journey management plan and using route optimisation and planning solutions to plan safer journeys.
The resource is based on presentations from a webinar that was broadcast on June 1, 2021, and was also sponsored by Trakm8. The webinar is available to watch online here.
Contributors to the webinar included:
- Matthew Newman, Route Optimisation Specialist, Trakm8
- Alison Moriarty, Fleet Risk Director, Driive
- Dr Lisa Dorn, Director of Research and Development, Driver Metrics
- Michael Zano, Regional Manager, SHEQ, Unitrans
Poorly planned journeys raise the chance of a crash occurring. Long hours behind the wheel and demanding schedules affect drivers’ ability to focus on the road. Routes that are plotted through busy, built-up areas increase the risk for people who walk and cycle.
Thinking carefully about how you schedule and route journeys will help keep your drivers and other road users safe, as well as reducing costs to your organisation.
Scott Williams, head of programme delivery at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Longer journeys when drivers are tired, as well as driving through busy, built-up areas, both raise the risk of a dangerous road crash. Fleet managers need to be aware of this danger, and have policies in place to ensure any journey conducted on their organisation’s behalf are as safe as possible.”