8 Tips for improved driver safety talks


Drivers are on the frontlines, delivering essential goods. We understand that the road is their workplace on a daily basis, meaning they have an opportunity to make a real impact on road safety. Reaching your company’s goal for collision reduction or increased safety scores can only happen with their participation.

1. Telematics mythbusting

If your fleet is new to telematics, dedicating a safety talk to telematics and the importance of connected vehicles opens up space for drivers to ask questions they might have but were too scared to ask.

2. Vehicle inspections

Discuss why driver vehicle inspections are important to the company and how to conduct pre- and post-trip inspections efficiently.

3. Distracted driving

With the amount of technology in vehicles now, distracted driving has become even more of a concern. Help your drivers understand your company’s rules around drinking or eating while driving, texting, and other forms of distraction. This may a good time to get feedback on how they feel about video dash cameras as well.

4. Driving in bad weather

Pose the question: What are some ways that drivers can prepare for and manage bad weather on the road, in summer or winter? This will help increase interaction and access valuable insights from your team.

5. Backing up when leaving

Parking lots can be very dangerous places. Minimize the hazard by sharing a technique, Backing Up When Leaving is also a rule in MyGeotab. Read how it works in this Community answer.

6. Mental health

Professional truck drivers face particular challenges to their mental health, such as long shifts, disrupted sleep, isolation and the pressure to deliver on-time, according to Safe Harbour Consulting. As a potential driver safety meeting topic, consider covering how to handle stress and anxiety on the job, and what mental health and wellness resources are available to your employees.

7. Bicycle safety

Talk about best practices for sharing the road with cyclists. Share information on the regulations in your local area.

8. Introduction to dash cams

Fleet cameras, mounted inside or outside the vehicle are becoming more popular as a way to protect businesses in the case of collisions and reduce risky driving. Help drivers feel more comfortable with this technology by describing how they work and why they are used.

Conclusion

Your safety talk with your drivers could be the most important minutes or hours you spend during your day. Sharing road safety and driving safety best practices can help your employees get home to their family safely and protect someone else’s family members out there on the road.

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