Stop Speeding In Your Fleet With A Speed Limit Indicator
12.04.2017 Collision Avoidance,Fleet Safety
For many drivers, speeding is an automatic behavior, rather than a conscious decision. Drivers usually don’t realize how fast they are going until they have to suddenly slow down. They just want to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. But fleet drivers who regularly speed can have a negative impact on your business.
The Dangers of Speeding
Drivers seldom consider the safety risks when they're going over the speed limit until it's too late. Speeding is a major factor in traffic accidents, reportedly causing 27 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2015 alone. A collision from a vehicle going even 5 miles above the speed limit can result in costly damage. Higher speeds lead to more expenses and serious injuries. Here are a few reasons why:
- Speeding reduces the amount of reaction time that a driver has, making it harder to avoid a collision.
- It takes more time and distance for a speeding vehicle to come to a complete stop, so even if a driver applies the brake, the vehicle’s momentum will carry it further for a few seconds longer.
- The force of a collision increases exponentially as speed increases, so there is a higher risk of injuries and death. As a vehicle gains speed, its kinetic energy also increases, meaning that the impact will be more severe. A collision that happens when a vehicle is going 50 mph is four times as serious as a collision when the vehicle is moving at just 25 mph.
If you can ensure that your drivers observe the speed limit, you'll help them stay safe, avoid accidents, and save lives.
The Financial Burden of Speeding in Fleets
There is a common misconception that speeding can save your fleet money by reducing travel time. But in reality, speeding is actually less cost effective because it can lead to an increase in operating costs. Every day about 112,000 drivers receive speeding tickets, and they don't come cheap. Depending on the severity of the violation, speeding can mean big bucks to your fleet. A vehicle run at high speeds is more prone to wear and tear. Whether it’s new brake pads, tires and engine transmissions, maintenance costs add up when a vehicle has to be taken off the road for repairs.
Fuel is one of the highest operating costs of running a fleet, so managing speeding can benefit your bottom line too because gas mileage drops steeply when vehicles exceed 55 mph. Improving your fleet’s fuel efficiency saves money at the pump where it counts.
A study by the University of California at Berkeley found that “for every 1 percent increase in speed, a driver’s chance of an accident increases by 2 percent.” For your fleet, any collision can be expensive. From vehicle repair and maintenance, to an increase in insurance rates, the costs quickly accumulate. By managing your drivers' speed, you could lessen the severity and frequency of accidents, saving money and lives in the long run.
How to Stop Speeding in your Fleet
Driver education can certainly teach your fleet drivers about the dangers of speeding. But these programs may not go far enough and their lessons may soon be lost once your fleet drivers leave the classroom. If these educational classes fail to change their driving habits, it is time to take further action.
A speed limit indicator is an innovative detection system to keep the driver aware of the speed limits while on the road. The system identities speed limit signs along the route and issues an alert whenever the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit.
Whether the driver is intentionally or unintentionally speeding or didn’t realize that the speed limit had suddenly changed, having a speed limit indicator in your fleet's vehicles can remind your driver to take corrective action in the nick of time.