Fleet risks increase with rise in collision ratios

Geotab is calling for an increased focus on fleet safety after new research revealed that miles per collision among professional drivers is coming down.

It found that the total distance per collision driven by a truck, van and commercial driver decreased by nearly a fifth in 2023, falling from 920,000 miles to 740,000 miles. For companies running a fleet of 1,000 of vehicles each driving 75,000 miles per year, that could represent an additional 20 collisions annually.

David Savage, vice president for the UK and Ireland at Geotab, said:

“Keeping drivers and other road users safe should be a top priority for all fleet decision-makers. Just over 20% of all road casualties occur in driving-for-work collisions. As an industry, we have a duty to reduce these numbers – which we can with better safety measures.”

Its 2024 State of Commercial Transportation report analysed telematics data from one million commercial vehicles globally. It found the overall trend to be an increase in the number of collisions involving fleet drivers.

However, the Geotab ‘Safety Centre’ offers fleet operators insights into the risk of collisions with predictive collision analytics using telematics and AI technology, with data revealing a 40% reduction in collision rates among fleets using its solutions.