How to help your fleet prevent rear end collisions

 

How to help your fleet prevent rear end collisions

Source: FleetAnswers Rear end collisions happen a lot and fleet managers are always looking for ways to reduce and eliminate vehicle accidents by improving their company’s safety practices (see forum post by ksmith2 from ComEd).

Even though they are almost always the other driver's fault, that doesn't mean they don't cost you. From the time lost dealing with insurance claims to potential injuries to your driver to waiting for the repair work on the vehicle, rear end collisions are a little more than an inconvenience. So it's no wonder fleets across the country are pulling out all the stops to prevent rear end collisions. But what are these companies doing to improve this important aspect of fleet driver safety?

Install LED Brake Lights

Whether it’s on a sedan, a bus, or a truck, the brake lights are always the first indication to other drivers that your car is slowing down. Clearly, it’s of utmost importance that these brake lights not only work, but that they are easy to see and light up quickly. For these reasons, LED bulbs are the light of choice. They reach full luminosity substantially faster than traditional bulbs, appear brighter, and, as an added bonus, their lifespan is a lot longer.

Use Reflective Tape

Unfortunately, not all rear end collisions occur when the brakes are being pushed. That’s where reflective tape comes in. Whether the vehicle is parked or just moving slower than the flow of traffic, reflective tape can come in very handy when the sun is down. For the best results, place the tape horizontally across the back of the vehicle. You may also want to try a bright-colored paint on the rear of the vehicle to make it more visible to passersby during the day.

Ensure Defensive Driving

Even though most rear end collisions are the fault of the other driver, that doesn’t mean your drivers can’t take steps to prevent them. For example, by allowing ample space in front of their vehicle, they have room to move up if they notice the car behind them is not slowing down. This means they also need to be checking their rear view mirrors frequently: Many experts recommend every six seconds. Furthermore, advise your drivers to always use their emergency lights when they are moving at a pace below the speed limit to warn other drivers they need to decrease their speed or pass.

Educate About Proper Parking

As you know, rear end collisions don’t only happen while your drivers are behind the wheel. They are also quite common when vehicles are parked. It is important to discuss with your team how you expect them to position their vehicle when it is on the side of the road. This includes instructing them on the proper use of emergency cones, making them perfectly visible for anybody driving by.

By taking a comprehensive approach to prevent rear end collisions, you can help keep your fleet safe and accident free. With education and extra measures taken to ensure visibility, you will see a reduction of rear end collisions. What other techniques have you used to be proactive about rear end collisions?