Speeding is a lesson that is drummed into all of us from a young age. You might have heard your mom tell your dad to slow down, or you might have had an accident related to speeding that taught you the lesson. We are all taught about speeding and speed limits when we do our driver’s training, and law enforcement are constantly reminding us to slow down.
So why are we all guilty of speeding at one time or another? Maybe this lesson has been repeated so many times it has become a bit over saturated in our minds. South Africa certainly has an issue with drivers obeying the road laws. This goes back as far as the first motor vehicle accident in South Africa in 1903 which involved a car and a train. Neither the driver or the passenger were killed but it has been said that the investigation into the accidents was done with a remarkably casual attitude. This is generally how we feel towards the rules of the road in South Africa. And since this accident 1.3% of the global total of vehicle accidents has occurred in South Africa, possibly as a result of our casual attitude towards road rules.
Did you know that the difference between a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle travelling at 40km/h or 50km/h is life and death?
In our modern age the commercial vehicles are much more strictly regulated for safety and driver behaviour than passenger vehicles. This includes things like geo-fenced zones with strict speed limits, as well as in-cab buzzers for drivers exceeding the limit. As a telematics provider we are always listening to the needs of our clients and how their business might need a specific solution to a speeding problem. Transport companies have to be more cautious with speeding due to the high impact accidents or just simple bad driving can have on a business.
- High insurance premiums.
- High cost for repairs or damage caused by accidents.
- Loss of life.
- Liability of the company director who might be prosecuted.
We offer geo-fenced zones with regulated speed limits as well as in-cab buzzer for over speeding. Pointer has also pioneered the Driver Feedback Display unit which actually talks to your drivers in a pre-set language, to provide on-going in-cab coaching. Our dashboard also categorises speeding into severity with moderate, medium and major for SHEQ compliance.
Take a look at this case study relating to driver behaviour and the DFD unit.
Our road sector speed solution ensures that your drivers are always aware of the changing speed limits on the roads along their routes, and provides alerts to when they are exceeding these. A good one to have if your drivers are travelling within school zones.