Painting a fleet safety picture to reduce habitual speeding, driver fatigue

Nov 29, 2020
FMCSA
FRMS Transportation

Written by Cristina Commendatore for FleetOwner.

Commercial truck fleets are often inundated with data points that are essential to helping them improve their driver Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. The trick for many, however, is breaking down that data into actionable points to increase safety.

One area in which trucking companies can improve their CSA scores is by pinpointing habitual speeding, which Mike Soricelli, senior product manager for Trimble Transportation, referred to as “the gateway drug of the road” and the number one cause of fatal crashes. During the recent Trimble virtual in.sight user conference, Soricelli suggested that fleets leverage the data and historical research available to them to help reduce the risk of collisions caused by speeding.

Video, which shows fleet managers what is happening on the road in real time, is a good place to start, Soricelli said. “There are so many different data points that need to come together that we want to put together a story that is bulletproof, especially if we are presenting this to a driver or a group of drivers that we are training, and hopefully reducing risk within your fleet,” he emphasized.

Soricelli also pointed to fatigue monitoring as another important aspect of a fleet’s safety plan. Trimble recently partnered with Pulsar Informatics to help fleets monitor driver fatigue.

“Hours of service, as it relates to fatigue, is one of those leading causes that increases risks and crashes. We see that 18 hours without sleep is like having a blood-alcohol content of .05. When you up that to over 20-plus hours, it’s like legally being drunk.”

Mike Soricelli, Senior Product Manager for Trimble Transportation