Friday, April 3, 2020 By Jasmin Sharp

On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as coronavirus. This pandemic has swept the globe in the last few months, causing hundreds of thousands of infections and shutting down entire industries and countries. 

Leading up to and after the President’s declaration of a national emergency, many companies across the nation closed their offices and shifted employees to work from home. Since the declaration of a national emergency, many cities, counties and states have issued “Shelter in Place” or “Safer at Home” orders that tell individuals to stay at home unless necessary.

One of the industries not shutting their doors, and seeing a significant increase in business, is the trucking industry. As so many people move inside, stores across the country have seen a significant issue with hoarding, leading to empty shelves. The e-commerce industry has also seen a drastic increase in buying, leading to more online purchases needing to be shipped. As a result, demand for transportation to move products across the country, as well as local delivery services such as Postmates, has skyrocketed. This means that, while most consumers are off the road, fleets are seeing their time on the road increase. 

Now is a vital time for your business to make sure it has proper fleet safety tools in place to protect your drivers and prevent dangerous road habits, including distracted driving. Given that the FMCSA just waived the hours of service regulation to allow truck drivers to spend more time on the road delivering necessary supplies across the country, safety managers should ensure their drivers take extra precautions to be safe. That includes preventing unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) just postponed their activities for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but just because the events are canceled does not mean distracted driving is. Now, more than ever, it is imperative for fleets to adopt innovative technologies to protect their fleets from the dangers of distracted driving.

The best solution on the market for effectively eliminating distracted driving in fleets is NOCELL – a customizable, enterprise-grade solution that allows fleet managers to remove distracting apps from their drivers’ phones before the distraction occurs. This technology can help a fleet manager feel secure knowing that their drivers are safe on the road and not risking dangerous behaviors while driving.

If your fleet is ready to try the NOCELL solution to minimize your risk of distracted driving, email today for a demo or to start a risk-free trial.