Technicians face many safety issues during the course of their day. One often overlooked concern is driver safety in a job where a technician spends a significant amount of time in the van.
- Prevent accidents with new technology
There’s all kinds of new technology that companies are using to cut down on accidents and make sure that their technicians arrive home safely after their day is over. Collision avoidance technology, lane departure technology and camera technologies, are just a few of the recent technologies that make a big difference on the road.
- Monitor your vehicles
To some, GPS and telematics can seem like “Big Brother” is watching, but both help driver safety by alerting managers of engine problems, position, etc. Plus it allows the driver and the office to schedule out the day more efficiently. It can also monitor driver behavior such as seat belt use.
- Install proper handholds and steps
Slip-and-fall accidents are common and occur more often than not when entering or exiting the truck cab. There are safety measures that can be installed on your trucks to prevent these.
- Ensure mirror/window visibility
There are many mirror options that can be added to a new truck as well. Heated mirrors, downward mirrors and window ports can be installed in doors to make sure the driver can see from all angles. You have to be concerned about the other drivers on the road too. Even back in drivers ed we were taught that defensive driving is important.
- Seating and tire specifications
Like an ergonomic comfortable chair at the office, the same applies to the seat of a truck. Productivity and safety are enhanced when a driver is comfortable. Tire traction and air pressure are also important safety concerns. Plus properly inflated tires get better gas mileage.