Encourage regular exercise and stretching
These days vehicle safety goes beyond helping ensure protection in the event of a crash. In fact many safety features are concerned with preventing a crash happening in the first place. Toyota has a suite of intelligent safety technology called Toyota Safety Sense[S1], available on select models. It can include features such as the Pre-Collision Safety system, Lane Departure Alert, Active Cruise Control and Road Sign Assist, which are designed to support safe driving and help protect you and your passengers.
A regular check-in can go a long way with any employee, but especially with drivers who spend less time in the office. Ask them how they are doing and if there’s anything you could be doing to ease their jobs.
Keep them less distracted
In situations where your driver needs to make or receive a call, ensure that they pull over to a safe location and where required, turn off the engine, before answering. Road rules vary state to state, but below is a general overview of how your drivers should be conducting conversations if pulling over to a safe location isn’t possible. Please make sure to check your local road rules before advising staff.
- Install a phone holder
- Make sure a smartphone with a hands-free function is used
- Keep conversations short
- Avoid complex or emotional conversations
- Inform callers to arrange a better time to speak
Add dashboard cameras
For an extra sense of security and insurance for your fleet, a Toyota Genuine Dash Camera will ensure you always keep an eye out for your employees. Not only do dash cameras automatically record activity while driving, they can also start recording if they sense an unexpected movement while vehicles are parked at worksites, parking lots or other public places.
If you want to install a dash cam in your fleet vehicles, please make sure that you understand the legal obligations associated with cameras. Your dash cam needs to be compliant with your state or territory surveillance and workplace privacy laws. Consent may be required for audio recording, please ensure to find out your state or territory's laws before proceeding.
Ensure your vehicles are the safest they can be
These days vehicle safety goes beyond helping ensure protection in the event of a crash. In fact many safety features are concerned with preventing a crash happening in the first place. Toyota has a suite of intelligent safety technology called Toyota Safety Sense[S1]. These features like Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection (Daytime only), Lane Departure Alert, Active Cruise Control (High-Speed) and Road Sign Assist are designed to alert the driver and in some cases react to dangerous situations in an effort to avoid collisions.
Use a fleet management system
Today, fleet-operated businesses are increasingly looking for fleet management systems to help them streamline their business. Fleet management systems not only provide you with real-time vehicle tracking and data to cut fuel costs, boost productivity and provide better customer service—they assist greatly with driver safety & wellbeing, ensuring that your main assets are even more safe on the road.
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Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
The suggestions provided in the article above are of a general nature only and do not constitute legal, financial or medical advice. Employees should be encouraged to seek medical assistance by their employers if they are experiencing problems while driving. To learn more about CoR (Chain of Responsibility), please visit the following website.