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Commercial Driver Safety & Well-Being Starts in the Cab: 5 Ways to Make Your Vehicle a Great Place To Work

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Key Takeaway

For commercial drivers, the cab of their vehicle is their workplace. It’s where they spend significant amounts of time, and it’s where they need to be comfortable to do their job safely and effectively. For this reason, driver safety and well-being should be a top priority for employers and employees who spend their workdays behind the wheel.

This article highlights five ways to make a vehicle an effective mobile office and how fleet management software can improve driver safety and well-being.

Table of Contents

  1. Five Tips to Improve Driver Safety and Well-Being
  2. How Telematics is Improving Driver Safety

Five Tips to Improve Driver Safety and Well-Being

All aspects of the job must be considered to create a better work environment for professional drivers. This includes changes to the workspace itself as well as behavioral changes on the part of the driver. Here are five areas to consider when creating a better workplace inside of your vehicle.

1. Maintain a Clean and Organised Cab

A clean and organised cab is essential for each of your driver's well-being. Dirt, debris, and clutter can cause stress and anxiety, affecting their ability to focus on the road. To keep the inside of a vehicle looking its best, everyone who drives the vehicle and operating staff should make it a habit to regularly clear out trash and organise any belongings kept in the cabin - this should include thorough and consistent cleaning. Operators should ensure that vehicles have suitable racking and storage, so equipment and materials don’t find their way into the cab. Having equipment and materials in the cab can also create safety issues should a collision or event occur.

2. Improve Comfort and Ergonomics

Driver comfort and ergonomics are also important for driver health and wellness. Drivers should always ensure their seat is in an optimal position, the steering wheel is properly adjusted, and a lumbar cushion or support is being used. Additionally, mirrors should be adjusted correctly to reduce back and neck strain. Setting up a cab correctly can help reduce aches and pains throughout the many miles they put in during the day.

Well Being Cabin Photo

3. Use Technology to Improve Safety

Technology can be used to improve driver safety in the cab. One of the ways to accomplish this is using dash cams. With AI-powered real-time feedback and coaching, drivers can be alerted to unsafe driving habits as they occur and can receive individualised training, based on information gathered by the vehicle's telematics and the smart dashcams.

GPS vehicle tracking and driver status monitoring can also help with driver behaviour monitoring. Unsafe actions like speeding, harsh braking, and mobile phone usage can be identified, and drivers can be coached about the risks of these actions. At the same time, driver scorecards can be used to identify and reward safe drivers.

4. Stay Connected and Engaged

Efficient communication, real-time updates, and streamlined digital processes simplify administration, free up time for better customer service, and minimise distraction. Drivers stay productive and safe with effective routing and dispatch, while real-time information helps plan routes and resolve issues promptly.

Automation of tasks like record-keeping and order processing also minimises manual work, allowing drivers to focus on delivering a great customer experience. By leveraging digital technology, businesses optimise operations and allocate more resources to providing outstanding service

5. Be Ready for the Road

Driver safety and well-being starts with the individual behind the wheel. Drivers need to take care of themselves on the road. It’s essential to eat healthy, stay hydrated and get enough rest. It’s also important to take breaks and stretch to avoid fatigue and muscle strain.

Setting off in good time can also alleviate stress and reduce the risk of aggressive driving. A well-prepared driver is a safer driver.

How Telematics is Improving Driver Safety

Our TS23 Global Telematics Survey highlighted several key takeaways regarding telematics and driver safety. Most notably that driver safety is the number one benefit of using a telematics platform. Here are some of the other key findings of the survey.

TS23 Global Telematics Survey Data

Key Commercial Driver Safety Metrics

Businesses that have successfully integrated fleet management software have seen safer driving habits across the board. Some of the most notable benefits seen include:

  • 24% of businesses reported better monitoring of driver hours
  • 23% of businesses noted improved monitoring and benchmarking of driver behaviour
  • 13% of businesses noted excessive speed prevention

Possibly the most significant metric of all is the reduced number of vehicle collisions. An impressive 91% of businesses report fewer collisions since integrating telematics into their business.

Benefits to Drivers

Safer driving habits aren’t just good for a driver’s health — it can also be good for their wallets. Of the managers surveyed, 96% are rewarding drivers for better performance based on their driving habits. This is further supported by the fact that many businesses are offering better benefits and increased pay to address the global driver shortage.

Additional Benefits of Fleet Management Software

From reduced fuel costs to less vehicle downtime, there are many benefits of investing in a fleet management platform. With an AI-powered fleet management solution like TN360, your business can turn data into decisions for more efficient and effective fleet operations. With greater visibility into your fleet’s data, you can gain a competitive advantage in the market.

Build a Customised Fleet Management Solution for Your Fleet with TN360

Teletrac Navman and the TN360 platform can empower you to make business decisions with confidence. No matter your industry, you can build a custom solution that’s specific to your needs. Read our customer stories to learn more about the ways the TN360 platform can help your business succeed. You can also contact us with any questions you may have about fleet management software.