Fleets reported an average of 4.5 incidents per driver per year, with over a third of those...

Fleets reported an average of 4.5 incidents per driver per year, with over a third of those attributing fault to the driver.

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GPS Insight, a leading provider of SaaS-based fleet and field service management software and complementary solutions in the United States and Canada, announced the release of the 2022 Fleet Safety Report, a research study created and distributed in partnership with Bobit aiming to better understand the key goals and challenges fleets face in building effective safety programs.

The report is comprised of 3,356 survey responses, collected in spring 2022, from fleet safety professionals across various job functions, industries, and fleet sizes.

Drivers are any fleet's greatest assets. While imperative that drivers’ health and safety be prioritized, an organization’s reputation and profitability depend on the behavior and performance of those behind the wheel.

To establish a culture of safety while bolstering performance and efficiency, on-board safety systems provide high-level visibility across the entire fleet while on the road. GPS Insight’s Fleet Safety study examined the safety hurdles fleets face, the safety solutions they use to achieve safety goals, the benefits fleets realize from vehicle and video telematics, and the tactics they use to integrate safety technologies across their fleet.

“The future of our fleets depends on all of us working together to cultivate a culture of safety, from safe driving behavior to well-maintained vehicles and equipment,” said Shay Demmons, chief product officer of GPS Insight. “Two-thirds of fleet safety professionals who utilize a video telematics system report it has improved driver safety, lowered insurance costs, reduced accident costs, proven when drivers weren't at fault, and minimized at-fault incident rate. And as technology advances, so do the benefits of dash cams, positioning them as critical safety tools for fleet management and their drivers to continue trucking forward.”

Bobit, publisher of Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Work Truck, assisted with the deployment and distribution of the survey. 

“It is evident that fleet professionals are working to put safety first, and safety technologies are critical parts of that plan,” said Chris Brown, fleet group editor at Bobit. “The 2022 Fleet Safety Report demonstrates that fleet safety solutions can assist managers and supervisors in enhancing safety, retaining drivers, satisfying customer requests, and reducing costs.”

Digging into the Research & Data

Key findings in the 2022 Fleet Safety Report include:

  • Fleets reported an average of 4.5 accidents per driver per year, with over a third of those attributing fault to the driver.
  • Surprisingly, the top reason given for what motivates fleets to address safety concerns was to reduce fleet maintenance costs.
  • For 41% of fleet safety professionals surveyed, turning plans into reality was the primary pain point in achieving their organization's safety goals.
  • 57% of those who currently use telematics/GPS tracking consider it very effective in helping to improve safety within their fleet.  An additional 17% consider it extremely effective.

The full 2022 Fleet Safety Report is downloadable now. An archived webinar convened on Wednesday, August 24 to present an overview of the findings. 

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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