Major safety improvements have been made, but unfortunately, accidents and injuries are still a fact of life in the trucking industry. As such, it is incumbent upon the industry to do whatever it can to reduce these accidents. Here are three ways that trucking businesses can do that.
Technological innovation can go a long way toward reducing accidents. Thankfully, a variety of technological tools are available for trucking companies. For example, vehicle-to-vehicle communication allows for platooning, enabling a fleet of trucks to get to a destination together safely. Trucks are becoming more automated, allowing computers to stop drivers from making potentially deadly mistakes. Mechanical failures are now easier to detect and prevent. Dashcams can help review accidents and correct mistakes in the future. And that’s just what is available now; future innovations, like augmented reality and trucks that move with more computerized assistance, will provide for further safety benefits.
Teaching drivers proper driving techniques helps to give them the necessary experience and trains them on ways to protect their safety. Furthermore, as technology evolves, new and stronger methods of ensuring safety are becoming available. For example, driver training simulators improve overall safety performance, driver awareness, and decision-making skills. It’s not enough to just train new drivers, as drivers with more experience can become set in their ways and fail to learn newer safety techniques. Training must be part of any company’s ongoing professional development for truck drivers.
Safety is a culture. Everyone in a trucking company, from the owner to the entry-level worker, has to understand that safety is their number one priority. It should override all other concerns, including profitability and productivity. This means that safety prioritization has to be explicit. Trucking businesses cannot pressure their drivers to act in unsafe ways, and they must ensure that all drivers have the most upgraded equipment and up-to-date safety technology. Furthermore, trucking companies should go out of their way to note that they expect drivers to adhere to all laws and trucking directives. They should also conduct safety audits and use technology to test their drivers’ adherence to safe driving practices.
Trucking companies must be the number one fighter for safety within their industry. By working to ensure safety, trucking companies can protect themselves, their drivers, their customers and everyone else on the road. The above three methods are great ways to make sure that this happens.
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