Coaching drivers is an important part of any fleet safety manager's job, but coming up with fleet safety meeting topics can be challenging! You want to provide your drivers with the training they need to stay safe without making them feel like you don't trust them, and you don't want anyone driver to feel called out in front of the group. How can you accomplish all of that? The SureCam team put together a list of 10 fleet safety meeting topic ideas we think are important based on conversations with our clients.
Our Top 10 Fleet Safety Meeting Topics of 2019:
1. AVOIDING PREVENTABLE INCIDENTS
Even if your drivers are doing everything right, there are still other vehicles on the roads making conditions unsafe. It's important to teach your drivers to anticipate the mistakes of other drivers. Remind them that they should always be prepared to stop. Sometimes pedestrians misjudge the speed of an oncoming vehicle and step in front of it; teach your drivers to anticipate this and slow down when they are in areas with high foot traffic.
2. THE RISKS OF SPEEDING
Speeding accounts for a large percentage of traffic accidents. Your drivers have heard it before, but this is important enough to say again. Speeding puts their lives and the lives of others at risk. Remind them of your speeding policy and recognise drivers who have been following it.
3. STAYING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD
Keeping your drivers healthy is important. Healthy drivers are happier and more productive. Help your drivers stay healthy by providing tips on how to eat better and be more active while they are on the road.
4. WHAT TO DO AFTER AN INCIDENT
Avoiding incidents is your primary goal, but it is also important for your drivers to know what they should do if they are involved in a traffic accident. Remind them of your policies and let them know how to help the police access the camera footage. Connected cameras, like SureCam, can make sure that the safety manager is notified in real-time if an incident happens. Make sure your drivers know what tools you are using to help protect them.
5. AVOIDING ROAD RAGE
Your drivers are in stressful situations on a daily basis. You can help them stay happier and more productive by teaching them how to avoid road rage. Go over a few strategies to keep emotions in check when traffic conditions are stressful and agitating.
6. HOW FLEET CAMERAS BENEFIT DRIVERS
Vehicle cameras, like SureCam, can protect your drivers and eliminate the he-said-she-said that is common after an accident. Drivers want to feel trusted and they don't want to be spied on, so make sure you remind them about the ways that cameras benefit them. Read more about the benefits of fleet vehicle cameras for drivers in this article.
7. BE PREPARED FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ZONES
No driver wants to slow down if they don't have to, but it's important for your drivers to be prepared for work zones. Remind drivers to pay attention for early warnings that a work zone is coming up and to start slowing down as soon as they can.
8. HOW TO RECOGNISE THE SIGNS OF FATIGUE
Even with new regulations to help prevent fatigue, it is still important for your drivers to know how to recognise the signs of fatigue. In this safety meeting, teach drivers how to identify the signs that they too fatigued to continue driving, then share some strategies with them on what to do if that happens.
9. DISTRACTED DRIVING: TEXTING AND MOBILE PHONE USE
Distracted driving is a serious concern. Many traffic incidents are caused by texting or cellphone use while driving. Make sure your drivers know the risks involved with distracted driving and share some tips on how to avoid it.
10. KEEPING YOUR SEATBELTS SAFE
Your drivers have heard you explain the importance of wearing a seatbelt - probably more than once. Take this opportunity to remind them again that seatbelts save lives and it is important to always wear one. You can take this safety meeting topic a step further by highlighting a few signs that a seatbelt has had wear and tear and needs to be repaired or replaced.
Why are fleet safety meetings important?
Driver coaching can help reduce incidents and keep your drivers safe. While it's important to provide individual training for each driver when an issue comes up, there are many reasons why you should also have fleet safety meetings. First, it saves time to address common issues as a group rather than talking to each driver individually. Second, it gives your drivers an opportunity to learn from each other and share their experiences. Third, fleet safety meetings can help address potentially unsafe behaviours before they come up. After all, prevention is better than correction.
Vehicle incidents are a serious safety risk for your drivers. Provide them with the training they need to protect their lives and your business. Contact SureCam if you are ready to implement a fleet camera solution to protect your investment.