Operating a safe and efficient fleet requires creating a fleet management plan that focuses on regulatory and physical risks. Those risks can include vehicle maintenance, driver safety, and meeting federal, local, and state regulations. Fortunately, today’s technology provides a variety of resources to help truckers and fleet managers mitigate these risks.
What Are the Main Fleet Management Risks in Trucking?
Fleet management software not only helps your fleet thrive, but also helps it survive. For instance, there are 5 main risks you want to avoid in the trucking business. They are:
- Vehicle theft: Some fleet management systems include GPS. This feature lets managers know if a vehicle has diverted from its assigned route. If theft is suspected, police can use this info. Some systems can remotely disable a vehicle.
- Decrease in productivity: Helps managers determine the most productive way to conduct everyday tasks. The system shows where to rearrange routes to improve efficiency.
- Vehicle damage: The damage can be due to unchecked driving habits. Fleet management software records a driver’s acceleration, braking, or hard turns. This info can prevent equipment or freight damage and reduce fuel consumption.
- Lack of driver accountability: Driver visibility is vital. It allows managers to know whether drivers adhere to their schedules or routes.
- Competitiveness: Some customers won’t do business with truckers who don’t use fleet management software. They want to know when to expect their freight.
With our TruckingOffice TMS, you’ll have the information you need to avoid these risks. Our system can address all your fleet management needs. We know what you need to run a successful operation, and it’s all in there.
How can I address the physical risks?
Most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers understand the importance of safe driving practices for their benefit as well as for the benefit of the company as a whole. However, fleet managers have learned that they must also actively participate in this endeavor.
Below are some of the ways fleets can reduce risks in 2021:
One of the biggest causes of accidents involving CMVs is driver distraction and fatigue. To minimize these risks, many fleet managers utilize in-cab technology that can detect when a driver is drowsy or engaging in distracted, unsafe driving behavior. Dash cameras are also used to monitor highway conditions and allow fleet managers to coach drivers or provide any other assistance that is needed.
This technology is not always welcomed by drivers. They claim that the cameras are an invasion of privacy. Some drivers say that the cams infringe on the feeling of freedom they derive from being out on the road.
You can also improve driver safety by conducting extensive background checks to verify the safety records and past driving history of recruits. Also, you can retain your good drivers by offering incentives and showing recognition for their hard work.
Another valuable resource for improving driver safety is GPS. This technology provides real-time information such as driver and vehicle location. In the event of a breakdown or other emergency, fleet managers can respond and assist the driver as soon as possible.
The importance of proper fleet maintenance is undeniable. Without preventive maintenance, most vehicles eventually experience problems that can cause costly roadside breakdowns or accidents. These problems result in delayed deliveries and dissatisfied customers which can negatively affect your reputation and reduce profits.
To avoid vehicle problems, create a scheduled maintenance plan that will let you know the condition of the fleet at all times. This detailed information will help you avoid unexpected repairs, and it can also prevent accidents.
Listen to your drivers. They are usually the first ones to know if a vehicle is having problems. Drivers can point out unusual vehicle behavior such as noisy brakes and slow or rough idling. As well as low tire pressure, or damages to the vehicle cabin or trailer. Set a schedule for driver inspections that can be used to spot any potential problems that may have occurred between regular inspections.
How TruckingOffice Can Help Reduce Fleet Risks
In the fleet and trucking industry, safety is a team effort. TruckingOffice wants to be part of that team. With our TMS, you’ll discover how much easier it is to track vehicle maintenance and stay compliant with government regulations.
A driver can only be as safe as the vehicle he operates. That’s why vehicle maintenance must be a priority in every fleet management plan. The best method for ensuring that your drivers operate the most efficient, reliable vehicles is with our comprehensive trucking management system.
TruckingOffice will be a valuable asset to all your fleet management needs. Regardless of the size of your fleet, our TMS can save you time, money, and also ensures that all safety precautions are met to help reduce regulatory risks.
Of course, the best way to evaluate our system is to try it first-hand, so take advantage of this 30-day free trial offer today.