Truck drivers have to comply with a whole range of regulations to ensure road safety. This includes restrictions in terms of roads they’re allowed to drive on as well as strict Hours-of-Service (HOS) requirements, helping keep fatigued drivers off public roadways by placing limits on when and how long drivers should be on the road for. These regulations are in place to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities related to operating commercial motor vehicles. Failure to comply can result in heavy fines, loss of license, or a fleet being stripped of its operating authority.
Fleet business owners face even greater safety requirements - they must take additional steps to maximize employee safety. But how is a manager to know whether his or her drivers are conforming to the law, such as staying within the speed limit?
One solution to these challenges is the implementation of telematics technology - also known as GPS vehicle tracking and fleet management. This technology helps business owners improve driver safety in real-time, which ultimately can lead to improved productivity, fewer injuries and less vehicle damages. For example, in-vehicle buzzers can be set to alert the driver when speeding, idling, accelerating, backing-up, harsh cornering and braking.
Garmin offers trucking-specific GPS devices that can also help truck drivers find routes that are suitable for their trucks, log HOS and record their fuel usage, among other functions. The dezl 760LMT in combination with GPS fleet management technology, such as Geotab’s GO Device, provides a powerful option for business owners. Click here to learn more about the different ways your business can benefit from this technology.