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Managing a fleet of vehicles with field workers in multiple locations can be challenging to any service-based industry, especially for those in the construction industry.

Between drivers and equipment, knowing where their assets are throughout the day is important for both safety reasons and cost savings. Fleet management products can provide a variety of tools and data insights to help optimize fleet performance, determine location and monitor driving habits.

Using data pulled from fleet management solutions, a recent industry report examined how many times service-based vehicles recorded severe driving incidents (harsh acceleration, harsh braking, hard turns [cornering] and speeding over 80 miles per hour) per 1,000 miles driven. The report identified the states, regions and industries that experienced the most and least severe driving incidents, providing a new perspective on the safety landscape for service-based vehicles. The data found that the top three industries with the most severe driving incidents were public administration, heavy construction and engineering services, and automotive repair.

The heavy construction and engineering services industry, which came in as the industry with the second most severe driving habits, finished far above the national average across all severe driving incidents per 1,000 miles driven. The industry ranked approximately 84 percent above the national average in speeding over 80 miles per hour and 4 percent above the national average in the number of harsh acceleration incidents. However, the industry performed better in the other areas, with 22 percent below the national average in hard turns (cornering) and 2 percent below in harsh braking.

Ensuring a safe fleet

Today, vehicle monitoring, via fleet management solutions, is an efficient and seamless way to help maintain, monitor and improve driver safety. In fact, according to the same report, after eight weeks of implementing a fleet management solution, 29 percent of companies new to the vehicle monitoring solution experienced improvements in driver behavior.

A successful safety program should include a tool that can provide and analyze objective pieces of data that show whether or not its drivers are engaging in risky behavior. Fleet management solutions help service-based businesses, including construction companies, correct potentially unsafe driving behaviors and reduce the risk of accidents, extra maintenance, increased fuel costs and more.

Additionally, fleet management solutions can help construction managers gain better knowledge of their vehicles' locations at all times. In the construction business, equipment and vehicles are often left in various places for days and nights at a time, depending on the project. This makes them vulnerable to theft. Potentially losing any of this costly construction equipment would pose serious risks to a business. With a fleet management solution, managers are able to track the location of any lost or stolen equipment, which can lead to timely recovery and help save on the cost of replacement or delays in productivity.

Overall, these advantages to the bottom line, combined with greater employee and customer satisfaction and safety, can provide peace of mind to business owners and prove that fleet safety programs can be an effective benefit to any fleet-based business.

Furthermore, advancements in technology have allowed for simplified, seamless installation processes that can be rolled out quickly, with smooth implementation and easy training for employees.

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