All you need to know about CSA Score & how to improve it, Part 2

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Karthipriya S

Now that you are aware of what CSA scores are, how they are calculated and all the BASICs that influence your percentile, it’s time to improve and maintain a good CSA score. With a focus on improving on-road safety, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has encouraged fleet businesses to maintain a strict safety program in order to attain a good CSA score and reap the benefits of staying compliant.

With the aim to maintain a minimum CSA score (lower scores indicate better performance), here are five simple tips to improve your CSA score.

Paperless HOS and DVIR

Improper maintenance of driver logs and hours-of-service remain the most common form of roadside violation. Where ‘Form/Manner’ violation costs 1 point, ‘Outdated Logs’ can cost carriers 5 points. This costly violation can be easily avoided by switching to an electronic logging device. The paperless method of recording driver hours-of-service is both simple and error-free. Carriers no longer need to rely on drivers for recording the HOS and on the other hand, drivers can save hours of time.

Some of the other common violations include broken lights (which costs 6 points), tire-related issue (which is a huge 8 point violation) and break-related violations (which costs 4 points). While all these matters may seem trivial, they can easily push your CSA score.

Maintaining a proper inspection checklist can solve this problem. With MoveX, carriers can switch to an electronic DVIR system where pre-job and post-job checklists can be easily created and assigned to the vehicles. The drivers can quickly perform the checklist and the issues will be highlighted on the fleet manager’s dashboard. This way, only approved vehicles will take the road, minimizing your chances of creating a violation.

Driver behavior monitoring

Another factor of the BASIC is the violation of road rules such as speeding. Most carriers are unable to monitor and rectify such aggressive driving habits on the road. Thanks to the introduction of an intelligent fleet tracking system, both carriers and drivers can get notified for every driving behavior violation, letting the former monitor individual performer and the latter a chance to self-correct immediately.

On-road safety with DVR

With the advancement in technology, even road accidents have become preventable. The newest DVR (Digital Video Recording) system, uses an exterior camera to map out physical surroundings and alert the drivers in case of close proximity to the vehicles, pedestrians and objects. In fact, blind spot monitoring, lane changing and tailgating can also be tracked through the system. This will help carriers in formulating an effective safety program and take actual measures to improve on-road safety and their CSA score. And with CSA score taking 24 months safety data into consideration, carriers have the opportunity to better their performance.

Also, the in-cab camera helps carriers in checking driver drowsiness and mobile usage, which can also lead to severe CSA violations.

Preventive maintenance schedule

There are many circumstances where engine faults can lead to sudden breakdown, unnecessary accidents and costly downtime. All these factors have a definite impact on the CSA score. Carriers can implement a strategic preventive maintenance schedule to ensure that the vehicles are in good condition.

Screened driver hiring

On the road, drivers represent your business and the violations they make is directly reflected in your score. Most carriers review drivers’ PSP records during their hiring process and reduce their out-of-service rate by 17 percent. PSP or Pre-employment screening program includes an individual’s five-year crash and three-year roadside inspection history. Carriers can review these details while hiring a driver.

Inculcating a safety program within your company and avoiding violations to the maximum can be the best way to improve your CSA score. Try our advanced fleet management system to track driver behavior, schedule regular maintenance and stay on top of on-road safety.

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