Fleets can improve management of accidents and driver safety by making better, evidence-led projections about fleet risks.

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While automotive safety technology is advancing and there is an increased focus on safety training and awareness, the progress toward meeting the EU’s Vision Zero – the intention to completely eliminate road transport fatalities on European roads by 2050 – continues to be extremely slow.

As an initial step, the EU has set a target date for the number of fatalities on its roads to be halved by 2020. However, according to the latest road safety statistics, 25,500 people were killed in road incidents last year – only 600 fewer than the previous year.

Paul Verkinderen, Vice President Sales, Africa and Europe at Chevin, says:

“Though driver and vehicle safety is being increasingly prioritized, accidents and associated fatalities on European roads continue to persist. The trend shows that while the industry recognizes the need to reduce risk, not enough is being done to actively identify why incidents are occurring and take adequate preventative actions.”

One strong opportunity for operations to help improve accident management lies in evidence-based risk profiling: Indeed, many organizations are already sitting on vast amounts of fleet-related data that, if harnessed and assessed effectively, could support improved management decisions. Data-led risk profiling – including continuous measurement, action and re-measurement of both vehicle and driver risk – can offer great value in helping reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring. It can also help manage the aftermath and keep costs down when incidents do take place.

For example, our own market-leading fleet management software, FleetWave, can be used to create advanced driver risk profiles by providing real-time visibility into driver accident histories and fines, licenses, driver training and maintenance records, and integrating telematics data related to driver behavior. The software can also record information about different vehicles, such as details of services, inspections, usage, utilization and routing. Risk analysis for different drivers and vehicles can also provide value by helping reduce costs (such as insurance premiums).

When accidents do occur, FleetWave can easily identify appropriate replacement vehicles and assign repair work to company workshops and outside service providers. The software can also store data relating to accidents, including driver, vehicle, date, time and location details, information on damage, including photos required for insurance claims, and repair quotes.

Paul says:

“Accidents cost fleets millions of euros annually. They can cause injuries and fatalities, and can do great harm to a company’s reputation. Data-led risk profiling can be extremely beneficial for helping control accidents and manage incidents at all stages.”