However you look at the situation, the latest statistics on trucking fatalities in the United States are deeply concerning.
As roadways have become deadlier in recent years, organizations like the Truck Safety Coalition are calling for change. The release of the TSC’s “Deadliest Truck Crash States” report suggests there is a growing need for innovative solutions to improve safety and compliance in the trucking industry.
The TSC and members of Congress are joining forces to push for truck safety reforms after the report identified the states with the highest rates of fatalities involving semi-truck collisions, with many southern states topping the list.
The National Safety Council reports that accidents involving trucks accounted for 9 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2021, with a significant increase in the number of large trucks involved in these accidents. Trucks involved in accidents resulting in injuries rose 12 percent from 2020 to 2021.
To address this concerning trend, the Truck Safety Coalition and Congress are advocating for improved safety measures, but these efforts do not need to performed in a vacuum. Fleet operators can play a vital role in enhancing safety and compliance through proactive measures like reliable fleet inspections and strong preventive maintenance programs.
Whip Around’s fleet inspection software is one such solution that can make a significant difference in achieving better safety outcomes and ensuring vehicles are road-ready.
Technology’s role in enhancing safety and compliance
Whip Around’s fleet inspection and preventive maintenance software provides a robust set of tools for fleet managers to maintain the safety and compliance of their vehicles.
Here’s how such a platform can help address the safety and compliance challenges discussed above:
Streamlined inspections: Whip Around allows fleet managers to equip drivers with everything they need to get inspections done easily, properly and on time. Daily inspections help identify potential safety issues before they become critical problems.
Regular checks of vital components, such as brakes, tires, and lights, can prevent accidents caused by equipment failures.
Preventive maintenance: Whip Around’s preventive maintenance solution allows fleet managers to automate the scheduling of maintenance tasks, such as oil changes and brake inspections, to prevent breakdowns and ensure vehicles are in peak operating condition. This includes custom service alerts, parts and inventory tracking and work seamless order management.
Well-maintained vehicles are less likely to be involved in accidents, contributing to safer roadways.
Compliance tracking: Technology can significantly simplify the tracking of compliance requirements by maintaining up-to-date inspection records, staying on top of driver qualifications, and monitoring adherence to safety regulations. Ensuring compliance helps fleet operators avoid costly fines and penalties.
Real-time reporting: The software enables drivers to report defects and safety concerns as they arise. These reports are sent directly to the fleet manager, ensuring swift action can be taken to address any issues. This real-time reporting mechanism facilitates seamless communication between teams so urgent safety/compliance items can be quickly prioritized.
In a time when truck-related accidents are on the rise, fleet operators must do their part to enhance safety and compliance. Whip Around’s fleet inspection and preventive maintenance software offers a comprehensive solution to tackle these challenges head-on.
By utilizing this innovative software, fleets can improve their safety scores, reduce accidents, and ensure their vehicles are always road-ready. Together, we can make a difference as we strive to reverse the alarming trend of truck-related injuries and fatalities on our nation’s highways.