Picture this: Have you ever waited in your car or truck for the green light, and then tromped the pedal just to feel the power of that new car? Feel the speed as the road begins to rush by! Hear the sound of the beautiful roar of the powerful engine! Reach out and be the first to hit the brakes, screeching to a halt at the next red light! Impressive, isn’t it? Everybody, or close to it, has done that at least one time.
Now, picture this: Your mom is sitting in the seat next to you. Do you see how impressed she is? Boy, it sure is a different feeling when some one you respect or someone in authority sees the childish things we do sometimes! Some things we do while driving by ourselves we would never do in front of someone else. “It’s just human nature,” we say. Such actions can increase liability and reduce safety for us all. GPS tracking systems from UTS will help because it helps to build a company’s culture of responsibility and self-discipline, so greatly needed in today’s costly fleets.
Increasing fleet liability increases costs to us all. All people, no matter how intelligent, are capable of doing stupid things in privacy (or better known as “when we can get away with it”). Some of us are more in touch with “our inner child” than others would wish, but that’s just the way we are. Doing antics, however slight or small, still has an expense involved. Usually it is in wasted gasoline, wear and tear on the engine, or rubber off the tires, but there is always some price. In a fleet vehicle, wasted motions are direct expenses borne by the owners. The real problem is that such antics are distracting and raise both the probability of getting into an accident and the liability that it will be the fault of the antics. Insurance companies know this and make adjustments to insurance premiums to cover the expenses of the added risk. A company can protect itself by demonstrating that such spontaneous yet reckless behavior is monitored and under control. A GPS tracking system by UTS can do just that.
Picture this: You have been behind an overloaded truck for miles, it seems. You have places to go and things to do, so as you see a break in traffic you gun the engine and roar by the truck but the yellow line and oncoming traffic are getting closer, fast. What’s the answer? Speed up, of course. Since we’ve already taken the risk we’ll just speed up and make the whole incident go by faster. Just as the solid yellow line and oncoming traffic meet your car you crash-dive across the yellow line to safety. Whew! Great! The skill of an Indy-500 driver! What skill! What a rush! Now, picture this: Your boss is sitting in the next seat. Different picture, isn’t it? No one can argue the benefits of increasing safety on the highways. Knowing that the driving behavior, both good and poor, is monitored makes us more conscious of wanting to do the right things the right way. It keeps that “inner child” from coming out too fast, to play. As with the raise in liability, insurance companies know that having documented higher safety standards and practices makes you less likely to have a costly accident so they will give a company a break on its insurance premiums. A GPS tracking system by UTS can do that, too.
Decreasing liability while increasing safety (or should it be increasing safety while decreasing liability?) has real financial consequences. The change in an investment strategy that reduces vehicular related expenses has a much greater return. Increasing safety and decreasing liability interrelate. GPS tracking by UTS: because it creates a sense of responsibility, fosters people to improve their own behavior. Having a vehicle monitored by a tracking system isn’t threatening to drivers; it is a company protecting assets, and that is in the interest of all employees. Although GPS tracking is a little more like letting your mom see you drive—drivers simply want to do a better job of driving and participate in the effort to conserve and save.
While minor, sporadic outbursts of show-off driving may embarrass your mother, they are expensive to an employer. The bad habits we sometimes impulsively allow to be seen are risky and expensive. A good driver who is being less of a distraction to others is also less distracted by things that could endanger him and his vehicle. One more thing to remember is that GPS tracking protects the driver, too.
GPS tracking by UTS is a positive way to keep all eyes open about what is the right—and more economical--way to handle a company’s fleet vehicle. The benefit of building good habits is a safer working environment for all, a decrease in liability and a resulting increase in profit security.
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