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Trucking Management

Fleet management is important to keep a company up and running. There are many things that those in fleet management need to take care of. The Fleet Management website orovides information on the many factors that matter, such as:

  • Vehicle maintenance: One of the key factors of a successful fleet management system is preventive maintenance.
  • Fuel expense: An effective fleet management system has great fuel management. Management can reduce the amount of fuel consumed by tracking the routes traveled, the time taken, the condition of terrain, and driver behavior.
  • Policies of health and safety: An important feature of fleet management is to provide safety for vehicles, drivers, and supporting staff. Fleet management can keep their employees safe by mapping the scheduled routes and planning ahead for possible challenges.
  • Combining compliance: With an effective fleet management, scheduling, updating documents, issuing paychecks and reports, inspection check sheets, and work permits can be easily dealt with.

It’s important for fleet management to put the safety of their staff first. There should always be a safe driving policy in place and a fleet driver safety program can be created. When creating a Driver Safety Program for your company, use these tips that prepared:

  • Get commitment from leadership: Leaders from all sectors of the business must communicate that road safety is a priority and they must serve as role models.
  • Promote safe driving practices: Some general practices that must be followed are:
    • Employers should implement a total ban policy that prohibits all usage of cell phones while driving.
    • Set up conference calls at least a week in advance, allowing employees who drive frequently to plan their driving route, so they are available to park during meetings.
    • Drivers should set up regular times when callers can contact them and when they will return calls.
    • Never dress or groom while driving.
    • Never drive drowsy.
  • Training and evaluation: Employers should provide driver safety training as soon as possible after hiring new employees. They should also provide corrective training to drivers who are involved in any vehicle accidents, as well as evaluations of drivers’ driving skills, driving habits, and behaviors.
  • Rewards and penalties
    • Having penalties for failing to follow recommended driving protocols goes a long way towards smoothing fleet operations and proper policy enforcement.
    • Instigate a reward system to incentivize drivers to behave safely on the road.
  • Fleet maintenance: Ensure your fleet vehicles are safe and well-maintained. Make sure there is a schedule for the maintenance of company fleet vehicles that adheres to manufacturers’ specifications. Encourage your staff to conduct pre- and post- journey vehicle inspections and record that all defective vehicles have been repaired.
  • Technology: If your company decides to incorporate safe driving tech solutions that allows administrators to control employees’ mobile devices, make sure to:
    • Explain to the workers why the system is being put into place.
    • Use the data to improve safety, not to pressure employees.
    • Make sure that drivers get timely coaching.