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- Go to the CSA website and print off your CSA scores: http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/
- Individual citations can be obtained by clicking on the Violation Summary tab
- Open up an Excel spreadsheet and create or name cells based on your score defects
- Then enter the general defect (such as “Failure to Yield” or “Unlawfully Parking” into the appropriate cells
- Click on what type of graph you would like to see (Pareto chart/bar graph) recommended
- There are a few other functions you can add by right clicking your mouse, including Count of Defect
- Cut and copy the graph onto a Word or PowerPoint document
- Post this document in the drivers lounge or attach with paychecks
- You will need to review actual reports for driver counseling opportunities
- Update this report monthly, showing improvements
- You could even consider adding a rewards program for achieving certain milestones
If you need any assistance in compiling this data, I will be glad to work with you. Managing your CSA scores by enlisting the help of your drivers will put you on a good path to greater truck fleet safety.
- Driver productivity
- Fuel economy
View video: “What value does a telematics solution provide?”
In the video, I talk about the 4 key ways that telematics technology is helping fleet managers improve the performance of their fleets. I’m excited that more and more fleets are adopting this technology every day – it enables them to solve challenges and achieve goals they never thought possible before.
Let me know what you think!
- Financial alternatives, such as fleet leasing arrangements
- Asset management, such as vehicle selector, fleet incentives and replacement policies
- Policy and operations, such as personal use, maintenance and fuel purchases and more
As we look forward to celebrating Canada Day and the Fourth of July this week by firing up the barbeque and holding parties for family and friends, keep in mind that summer celebrations are the second worst time of the year for drunken driving accidents (New Year is first).
Almost 11,000 traffic deaths each year involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Before your drink and drive, please remember this:
- The legal limit of alcohol concentration for drivers in all the United States and Canada is .08
- Alcohol retards a judgment and causes loss of coordination
- Alcohol impairs vision and prevents concentration
- Alcohol promotes a false sense of confidence in one’s abilities
Almost 50% of children 14 and under who are killed in alcohol-related crashes are passengers in vehicles driven by drunken drivers. These findings contradict a widely held perception that kids are usually killed by drunken drivers who hit the cars they are in. The cost of drinking and driving is too high a price to pay.
State and local law enforcement agencies will be working to reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths with promotions to raise public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.
If you see an impaired driver, pull over to a safe place, stop and call 911 to report it.
If you decide to drink, please designate a driver prior to attending holiday celebrations.
Element Fleet Ride & Drive
- Look for stopped or slow moving traffic in the distance.
- Watch for road hazards such as stalled or wrecked vehicles in the travel lanes or on the shoulder.
- Be aware of upcoming work zones, where lanes may be shifted or redirected
- Watch for police giving someone a ticket, attending to a stalled vehicle or chasing someone down the highway.
- At night, drive slowly enough to stop within the distance of your headlights. Driving any faster is referred to as “over driving” the headlights, which is potentially dangerous.
- Keep an eye out for debris in the roadway like alligators (tire tread thrown off by trucks) or wooden boards or other trash.
- Notice any pedestrians walking along the side of the road or kids on the overpass with glass bottles or rocks who may be looking for a thrill as they target your large vehicle.
- Be careful of reckless or unobservant drivers who may pull out suddenly in front of you at a crossroads. Be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
- When police are on the highway, they are there for a reason – and it often causes havoc with traffic flow. If you are looking far into the distance you can usually spot the warning signs of slowing traffic and flashing brake lights far in advance.