By Nathan | Posted on
Receiving a driver's license is a pivotal moment in most people's lives. Not only does it mean that new opportunities for travel and employment have opened up, earning that license is a testament to that driver's responsible and safe driving skills. But many drivers who have an opportunity to retake driver's education classes a decade or so after the first ones make some shocking discoveries. They've picked up a lot of bad and sloppy driving habits over the years. Ones that may not only be affecting driving safety and vehicle wear and tear but vehicle fuel efficiency as well.
It probably would be a good idea to send operators back to (driving) school every ten years or so, but the demands of real life and work make this difficult, particularly in industries like construction. If only there was a way to send out a driving instructor every day with every driver to spot and correct driving problems!
It may lack the personality of your tenth-grade driving instructor, but a company called SmartDrive Systems comes close. This company's team of hardware/software engineers, safety specialists, video experts and traffic analysts wire vehicles with sensors and video equipment that "sees" and records what happens when a vehicle is driven. Captured video is reviewed by SmartDrive staff, who work one-on-one with specific drivers to correct found problems and improve driving safety, skill, and vehicle performance. Safety studies have shown that most drivers who consider themselves to be good ones aren't nearly as proficient as they think they are. So SmartDrive's software sounds good in theory, but could it truly help a construction firm?
Consider the case of Danella Companies, Inc., a construction services provider with Mid-Atlantic and New England offices. SmartDrive software was installed in its entire fleet of 200 vehicles, ranging in size from a dump truck to an SUV. After several months of usage, the company saw huge driving safety gains, including:
- A 79% increase in seatbelt use
- A 40% reduction in speeding
- A 33% reduction in tailgating
- A 29% reduction in hand-held device use while driving
Slower and safer driving by its employees has led to fewer insurance claims and less litigation for the company. Safer driving has saved on fuel costs and lower insurance policies as well. This is just one of the many new construction safety software and technologies out there that help save time and money for the construction industry.
Looking for other ways to improve construction site safety? Check out our examples of construction safety checklists and safety reports.