Even hands-free calling is a distraction
It is against the law to use a phone behind the wheel, unless it is connected to a hands-free system. But recent research by the Belgian Road Safety Institute has shown that even then, the impact on the driving behaviour is particularly high. While on the telephone, we pay less attention to other road users, traffic signs and situations, or the speed limit. In short, being on the phone is distracting. And your drivers prefer to make calls when they are not behind the wheel. So try not to contact them when you know they are driving.
Those in a hurry always lose
It is a misconception to believe that you can make up time by putting your foot down a bit. You endanger yourself and other road users. Moreover, the chance of an accident is higher if you engage in reckless driving behaviour. High-speed drivers hardly gain an advantage: those who drive 130 km/h, only gain 5 minutes per hour when compared to those driving at the speed limit of 120 km/h. Hurried drivers seem unaware of the negligible time gain.
Everything starts with respecting driving and rest periods
Drivers who are constantly on the road have the feeling that stopping the vehicle is a way of losing time. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even the most experienced driver needs a rest break at regular intervals. They need to stretch their legs, get some fresh air and get some oxygen flowing through their head. After that, their attention is sharp again, which reduces the risk of accidents and increases road safety. So ensure that your drivers stick to the legally imposed driving and break times.
For your information: A truck driver can drive a maximum of 4.5 hours without interruption. He must then take a break of at least 45 minutes, or start a rest period of at least one hour.
There are applications that give a detailed picture of the driving behaviour by measuring and visualising things like acceleration and speed. These tools can help you gain insight into the driving behaviour of your drivers, so you know where improvement is possible.
Tip: use a digital tachograph to download vehicle data remotely