Often times finding the proper distracted driving solution for your fleet can be a daunting task. With a myriad of options how are you supposed to find the right one? At FleetMode we have put together a list of features that your distracted driving solution should have.
The fact remains distracted driving is still the leading cause of accidents check out these facts:
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road, at 55mph that is enough time to cover a football field.
- 61% of drivers admit to regularly texting behind the wheel
- In the U.S. distracted driving causes 50% of all accidents and over 3,000 fatalities
- People who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be in an accident
Distracted Driving Solution Must Haves for Fleets
- The Ability to Silence Alerts
- The Ability to Disable the Phone
- Real Time Reporting
- Real Time Alerts
- The Ability to Call 911
- Navigation Capabilities
- Automated Activation
Many of these must-haves fall into the category of obvious, leaving several others that may require a bit more thought. Take for example The ability to silence alerts and disable the phone. Silencing alerts prevents the driver from responding to the pavlovian tendency when an alert chime goes off or a vibration is felt but it is the second factor disabling the actual phone (or keyboard) that prevents the driver from having a need to even look at his phone. Over time new behaviors are developed and because the phone is silent and inaccessible temptation is taken away. Those two factors are the building blocks for a distracted driving solution but they are not the whole story.
In order for a company to be able to train their employees towards a safer driving future, managers must have the ability to monitor their behaviors on the road. Real-time reporting and real time alerts allows managers to stay informed. Alerts should keep drivers accountable by notifying the manager when a device has been disabled in real time. The reports provide the data and insight for real education that helps build more then just a compliant fleet but a culture of safety.
The final must-have for a distracted driving solution we will discuss is the automatic activation. The reality is most people will not remember to activate a manual solution. Whether it be laziness or outright defiance, an automated solution allows drivers to worry about their jobs instead of manually activating anything. Automation keeps life safer and easier for everyone.
As I am sure you are aware not all distracted driving solutions are made the same. Some offer a few of the must-haves but leave off many of the others. At FleetMode we have created a distracted driving solution for fleets that not only covers these essential points but also provides much more at an affordable price. For more information check out our website below or contact us at 352-385-1803.