13 May How our road safety app helps you keep your best drivers
Recruitment and retention is a critical component of the success of every business – especially those that require drivers for company operations.
Hiring the best drivers is one thing, but ensuring they stay with your company for the long haul is another.
Constantly having to recruit means you have gaps in your workforce during this process and you have to reset the process of trying to find the best talent.
If your company has a history of high turnover, this can also be a barrier when it comes to recruiting the best talent in the future.
Put simply, you want your best drivers to remain behind the wheel at your company for as long as possible.
The pressures that drivers experience in the line of work
Road safety is just one concern that drivers have when they hit the road each and every day.
There is a range of factors that can cause harm that needs to be mitigated by managers and safety supervisors including:
- The clock: Many drivers feel stress and pressure from tight deadlines to reach their destinations. This can lead to them taking unsafe risks like skipping meal and rest breaks which can lead to fatigue and a greater risk of being involved in an accident.
- Education: Road rules and regulations are subject to change and new requirements for people who drive as part of their job can change the way we operate as well. It is vital for all drivers to be educated regularly on these changes to ensure they are not fined, lose their licence or worse.
- Inadequate journey planning: This is an essential process that mitigates the risk for the entire duration of the journey. This starts with preparation before the journey (ensuring the driver is well-rested, fed and departing at the right time of the day), to hazard identification and elimination throughout the journey, a check-in process along the way, rest management and the final administrative procedures to document a successful journey.
These factors can all be mitigated with the JMS journey planning and road safety app which will provide all of the data and functions that you need to protect your drivers and ensure they want to work for your organisation for the long haul.
How data from our road safety app helps you to retain your best drivers
There are many different elements to consider for each and every journey a driver takes.
You have logistics, supply chain, road conditions, deadlines, destinations, payloads, vehicle maintenance and – most importantly – driver safety.
Collating and understanding the data around all of these elements allows you to understand driver pain points and create journey management plans to address these pain points.
Achieving HSE compliance can be difficult for workers on the road and in remote locations and that is why proper monitoring and systems need to be put in place to protect them.
That is exactly what JMS journey management software achieves. You can set the entire journey for every trip, beginning with an appropriate departure time and a realistic arrival time.
Checkpoints are then set along the journey, including fatigue management, meal and rest stops and drivers are made aware through voice prompts from their mobile device.
This process is entirely hands-free so you are not running the risk of drivers being fined or losing their licence by taking unnecessary risks.
If a driver does not reach a checkpoint during an allocated time period or fails to adhere to a set fatigue management stop, alerts are sent to management through email, text and push notifications.
That means management can attempt to check in with the driver and mobilise an emergency response if there is no contact.
JMS also uses both the mobile signal and GPS functionality of the device so if the driver is in an area of low or no reception, they can still be located or last known location used.
It is the ultimate journey management and safety tool for any industry that required workers to travel between job sites.
You can trial JMS for free and get to understand how simply you can create journey management plans for safety and to retain your best drivers for the long haul.
And if you would like to know more about our journey planning and road safety app, reach out and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.