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Fleet risk management is the process in ensuring that companies do as much as possible to make sure that company car drivers are insured, safe and aware of dangers while out on the road.

Every company has a legal obligation or duty of care to make sure that a workplace is safe and to prevent risks to health from occurring. The workplace extends to the company car vehicles that employees drive on the business. Meaning that companies need to educate drivers of the dangers while out on the roads and make sure the vehicles they drive are safe.

The 3 steps to compliance and successful implementation are:

  1. Identify – Look at previous or current issues.
  2.  Mitigate – Action training or implement changes.
  3.  Monitor- Maintain, record and manage progress.

3 key questions you should ask yourself when looking to reduce driver collisions:

1) Which drivers are at risk from high risk behaviours?

The first stage in an effective driver risk management strategy is to understand the different overall risk levels of drivers in your workforce. There are, online driver risk assessment programs that will enable you to segment your drivers based on high, medium and low risk scores.

2) What specific driver behaviours are causing the risk for drivers?

Whilst making decisions based on overall risk scores is useful, you should combine this with an insight into specific behavioural risk factors. For example, the online driver risk profile report provides risk scores across up to 12 behavioural factors that research demonstrates are predictive of risk for the type of driver assessed. These include aggression, hazard monitoring and driver fatigue.

The benefit of focusing on specific risk factors is that instead of implementing a ‘one size fits all’ approach to training interventions, you can focus on the specific behaviours that put each individual driver at risk.

 3) How can we change high risk driver behaviours?

Once you have a clear understanding of which drivers are at risk and why, you need to implement the most appropriate training modules  to reduce risk. A range of methods have been shown to be effective in reducing behavioural risk including in-car driver coaching; workshops and e learning.

It is worthwhile investing in a driver risk report as there are severe penalties for negligence.

Effective management helps reduce risk, no matter the size of the business. It could also result in fewer injuries to drivers, reduced risk of work related ill health, reduce stress and improve morale.

Although not the most exciting of topics, one that none the less should be taken seriously.

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