The ABCs of improving sustainability and safety in your fleet

At Derive, we focus on four key areas of fleet management: Safety, fuel efficiency, productivity, and sustainability. We know these areas are important to fleet managers across the country and many are looking for fleet solutions to help them achieve their own goals.

Meet two of your fleet’s goals this summer with these easy-to-implement eco-safe driving tips, as well as improve fuel economy, reduce Greenhouse gas emissions, and keep your drivers safe at the same time.

Let’s cover some ideas on how you can improve operations by focusing on sustainability and safety measures this summer.  

Avoid distractions

We bet you’ve heard “I’m a great multitasker” from many employees, but as we all know being a multitasker means you’re not giving one task 100% of your concentration or attention. Eliminate distractions from your drivers’ reach – especially in the form of their phones – so they focus 100% on the road.

Whether using a system like Distracted Driver Prevention™ from Derive or enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for phone use behind the wheel, make sure drivers are avoiding distractions when behind the wheel to reduce accidents, speeding to catch up to traffic, drifting out of their lane, and use fuel more efficiently.

Want more tips on stopping distracted driving within your fleet? Read our blog to help you combat seven common distracted driver behaviors.

Be mindful of driving behaviors

Similarly to avoiding distractions, drivers need to be aware of their own driver behaviors and how their driving contributes to the success of the fleet.

Drivers that engage in excessive braking and accelerating burn through fuel more quickly, increase their vehicle’s emissions, and increases the probability of accidents. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that aggressive driving can lower mileage between 15-30% at highway speeds and 10-40% in stop-and-go traffic.

Another easy win for sustainability is tracking how long drivers are idling, especially when it’s unnecessary. If drivers must idle at stops or to supply power at a job site, be sure you’ve calibrated your fleet vehicles’ engines to reduce idle RPM to conserve fuel appropriately.

Contribute to company goals

Improve sustainability and safety from the ground up by giving your employees a sense of responsibility to contribute to company goals. Make employees feel included by setting individual goals that play into organizational goals to hold everyone accountable for bettering operations. Offer up incentives to reward them for meeting goals and tie them to their driver scorecard if using a telematics system so they can track their own progress and see what impact their actions have on the business.

Not only can this make drivers feel more connected to your company but can retain drivers, resulting in less turnover, driver training, and time and resources spent on hiring new drivers.

Determine the route ahead of time

The highest volume of emissions occurs when starting a cold engine, so drive up your sustainability efforts by preplanning the best route possible and combining short trips into one longer one to enjoy increased fuel efficiency.  

McKinsey & Company found that the use of monitoring solutions or telematics can reduce preventable accidents by 20-30%, so routing drivers and monitoring their progress can also contribute to an improved safety culture.

Educate drivers on vehicle maintenance

Help drivers help themselves by training them on routine vehicle maintenance and how to identify when a vehicle isn’t operating the way it should.

Some basics they should know before hitting the road include knowing the signs of when an engine is being overworked, when a vehicle has bad brakes or insufficient brake pads, and when oil filters and oil itself needs to be changed.

Knowing these warning signs can help extend a vehicle’s life well beyond standard wear and tear, as well as keep vehicles in tip-top condition to use fuel efficiency and keep drivers safe on the road.

Curious to see how Derive’s fleet management solutions can help you improve safety and sustainability in your fleet? Contact us to learn more!