An effective journey management plan is a holistic look at roadway safety risks and how to manage them.
 - Screenshot via National Safety Council/YouTube.

An effective journey management plan is a holistic look at roadway safety risks and how to manage them.

Screenshot via National Safety Council/YouTube.

Journey management is a planned and systematic process for reducing transportation-related risks in a company’s operations. In short, it is a key element of safety in the workplace — for fleets and other employers. Across all industries, crashes cost employers approximately $9.25 billion a year, according to the National Safety Council.

Moreover, research shows that human error is the definite cause of accidents 70% of the time, and the probable cause 93% of the time.

Therefore, every journey management plan should take into account that your drivers are your greatest safety feature. In short, a company's drivers are its best defense in protecting the organization from risk and liability.

When developing a journey management plan keep in mind that the key objectives of the plan should be to eliminate unnecessary trips, reduce driving distances, and minimize the risks associated with necessary trips.

A solid journey management plan will focus on four key factors: the roadway, your drivers, the vehicle, and the environment. For example, you need to consider route planning in order to makes sure drivers avoid construction or closed roads. You need to consider the behaviors of your drivers, for example, if they are getting enough sleep before hitting the road. Then there are factors such as vehicle maintenance and weather conditions, which must also be considered when developing your plan.

Your plan should aim to mitigate the following hazards:

  • Driver inexperience
  • Distracted driving behavior
  • Poor road conditions
  • Driver fatigue
  • Wildlife on the roads
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Malfunctioning vehicles
  • Unsecured projectiles
  • Risky behaviors of other drivers
  • Communication failure

For commercial fleets, the benefits a solid journey management plan and many, according to the national safety Council. These include:

  • Eliminating unnecessary trips to reduce crash risk
  • Minimize exposure to traffic hazards
  • Reduce fuel costs
  • Reduce wear and tear on fleet vehicles
  • Reduce liability
  • Increase fleet and driver efficiency
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