It was my first week on the job, and I was confident in my abilities. I had been driving trucks for a number of years, but I had just recently switched over to a new company. I had been used to a number of standards and procedures, so I wasn’t quite used to the new rules I had to follow. For my years in the truck driving business, I had virtually no accidents, and I rarely had any on the road scares, like accidentally merging into the wrong lame. With that in mind, I always thought that I was one of the better drivers on the country. I’ve never nodded off at the wheel during the late night long hauls, I’ve never had to take extra long breaks while on the road, and I prided myself on my outstanding driver safety record over the course of my career. So you can imagine my surprise when I was given a score card on my driving progress over the past week, with many detailed stats about my driving habits. This completely brought me down to earth when it came to my driving skills as a trucker, and I’m happy I found out that my company was using GPS tracking from Cartasite. It has certainly improved my driving abilities.
For example, I was doing another long haul through the Midwest. As many of you might know, driving through the Midwest becomes a chore in and of itself, mostly because there is nothing to keep you super focused while on the road. Stretches of road that seem to last forever don’t keep you properly engaged on the job. Regardless to say, I found myself having to slam on the breaks every now and again to avoid everything from speed traps to families of armadillos crossing the road. While I know it is better to avoid these problems in the first place, I never knew that my driving was being monitored so closely, down to my brake usage! When looking at my score card and talking to my supervisor, I found that my sudden brake usage had a significant impact not only on my safety, but it was causing large amounts of stress on my truck, not to mention severely affecting my gas consumption.
While I thought this was just a normal part of my job, I soon realized that my actions while driving were not signs of a good driver. I soon pledged to become a safer driver, and was working toward getting higher marks on my weekly score card. After a few weeks had gone by, I had noticed a significant improvement in my driving habits, but my scores weren’t up to my personal standards. While I focused on the road, I made sure not to idle my vehicle too often, and I was sure not to slam on the brakes nor make sudden stomps on the gas pedal. If it weren’t for Cartasite’s fleet management system, I would have never found that I had many areas of improvement! Now I’m proud to say that not only am I a better driver on the road, I’ve saved my company precious resources for their fleet.