Fleet operators understand it is important to ensure driver safety, which also includes taking into account the surrounding external environment. To help mitigate vehicle damage through unexpected accidents, one must not overlook driving in reverse events. Backing out of a parking spot, especially when in a hurry, can be a dangerous activity since other vehicles and pedestrians tend to be nearby and in motion. Surprisingly, it has been estimated that approximately 30 percent of all accidents occur when vehicles are moving in reverse.
Based on the high frequency and likelihood of these collisions, many vehicle manufacturers have added in vehicle in reverse beeping as an extra safety measure. The new Toyota Pruis, for instance, offers this audible functionality, which helps keeps the drivers alert, and consequently reduces insurance property damage claims.
It is recommended that drivers do not back up unless it is absolutely necessary. There are a many hazards to consider when reversing out of a parking spot, including the clearance space surrounding the vehicle, moving objects, and blind spots.
With telematics technology, employers can:
- Set the GPS tracking device to beep whenever the driver is backing up
- Set notification rules in the software in order to be informed of these events:
Text message alerts
Screen pop-up alerts
- Look at historic data to see whenever and wherever drivers went in reverse
Built-in fleet management technology detects reversing of a vehicle regardless of diagnostic computer data. This is done with the use of the accelerometer and algorithms to detect what direction the vehicle is going in.
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