Fleet Watch

Importance of a Fleet Safety Program

Fleet vehicle accidents are among the most-costly of injury claims for business. The average cost of a loss related to vehicle accidents is approximately $70,000.This is almost twice the cost of the average workplace injury ($36,592).1

Without a properly implemented fleet safety program, you may be putting the welfare of your employees and company at risk. A generic safety program is better than none. But it is far more effective to specifically design a fleet safety program for your company and your fleet.

A fleet safety program establishes the policies and procedures that are needed to help ensure a safe work environment for employees. It can also help protect against liability from vehicle accidents.

There are no guarantees that an accident will not happen. Because the road is one of the most dangerous places for your employees, establishing a formal and ongoing program of driver monitoring, screening, testing, inspection and training are essential.

For any organization with a fleet of vehicles of any size, a formal fleet safety plan can provide a number of advantages, including improved safety, employee satisfaction and the potential to improve fleet efficiency.

An effective fleet safety program must be comprehensive, up-to-date and instituted as a part of your company’s safety culture. It should be thorough, reaching each employee who gets behind the wheel. And the commitment and
buy-in has to start at the top management.