Safety Technology provides useful data about the new risks truck drivers face amid Covid-19. Shuttered businesses and rest stops create new problems for drivers. The increase in deliveries presents a challenging schedule. A need for more drivers comes with training difficulties.
If all of this sounds dismal, fear not. SmartDrive, a trucking app, is already working towards a safer tomorrow. The app comes with many features. It tracks how many miles drivers travel. It tracks how many accidents occur. (Their data shows a 15% increase in distance traveled but an overall decrease in collisions!) It offers feedback about unsafe driving behavior. And it helps fleet owners and drivers communicate quickly and easily.
With so much changing around us, it can be hard to keep up. And the trucking industry especially is under pandemic pressure. But tech advances are helping to ease the transition. We may find these programs to be literal life-savers as time goes on.
Safety Technology Highlights Problems and Offers Solutions
Closed rest stops now result in drivers parking along the freeway. They face all kinds of dangers walking to and from rest stops alone. But SmartDrive’s GPS and video footage show which areas are most dangerous. This makes it easier to pinpoint the most necessary places for new rest stops. Thus, companies can contact state officials with solutions.
Sitting duck situations aren’t the only new problem, though. People across the nation now use delivery services daily. The need for drivers goes up as we continue to Shelter in Place. –And new drivers need training.
Usually, instructors sit in with driving school graduates as they start out. However, social distancing rules make this system much harder. SmartDrive has set up a remote program in place of in-person training. Teachers can now monitor drivers from far away. And SmartDrive offers real-time data to drivers and fleet owners alike. The sooner a problem is addressed, the sooner it can be solved.