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How to Create a Fleet Safety Policy

No matter how large or small your fleet is, every fleet-based business needs a comprehensive driver safety policy.

Fleet safety policies are formalized rules and guidelines that establish the policies and procedures required to maintain a safe workplace. They achieve this by:

  1. Providing rules for safe conduct and vehicle operations.
  2. Outlining disciplinary procedures for unsafe driving and moving violations, as well as reward programs for safe drivers.
  3. Defining protocol for accidents or collisions.
  4. Giving drivers the confidence of knowing that their employer is committed to their safety and the safety of all motorists.

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How to Smoothly Transition from Logbooks to ELDs

On December 16, 1773, a dispute over government authority lead to the Boston Tea Party.  This December, truckers throughout the United States are likely to be equally up in arms about another government ruling that many are leery about.

December 2017 is the impending date when electronic logging devices will be adopted by all fleet companies and logging books will be a thing of the past. While many in the industry are not happy about this change, ELDs can provide convenience with recording hours of service (HOS) and do have other benefits as well, such as fuel efficiency and increase in productivity. In order to ease into the transition from using logbooks to ELDs, it’s important to take into consideration a few different aspects that will allow retention of fleet drivers.

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5 Ways to Manage the Fleet Driver Shortage

Truck driver shortages have been reported since the 1980s, but as a result of industry growth and an aging workforce, driver deficits have become increasingly widespread and problematic for trucking fleets in recent years. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), in 2015 the shortage left the trucking industry in need of nearly 48,000 qualified drivers. This gap is on pace to grow at a rate of over 10,000 drivers per year, reaching as high as 175,000 drivers by 2024.

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Keep Your Drivers Safe with 6 Simple Tools

Whether your fleet consists of five or 50 vehicles, keeping your drivers safe while they’re on the road is one of the biggest challenges faced by fleet managers in any industry. Formalized fleet safety policies can help create a culture of safety by outlining rules for safe driver conduct, but as soon as your drivers leave the lot, you lose the ability to directly observe their behavior and ensure their safety behind the wheel.

To help keep drivers safe, many fleet managers rely on easy-to-use tools like GPS tracking systems. Comprehensive GPS tracking systems offer a number of features that act as your eyes on the road by giving you real-time insight into location and driver behavior—including unsafe driver behavior.

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The Importance of Tire Maintenance

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the road. They’re your first line of defense against inclement weather, and they can significantly impact driver safety, vehicle handling, and fuel economy.

Regular tire maintenance is an important part of your ongoing preventive maintenance schedule. Routine inspections can help you identify small problems like uneven tread wear before they become major issues, which will save your business money in the long term by increasing the lifespan of your tires and reducing the likelihood of other, more expensive repairs. Monthly inspections are recommended, but if you drive over a pothole, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances, you may wish to inspect your tires more frequently.

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11 Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather

From blizzards to thick fog to thunderstorms, hazardous weather happens in every season, and it can pose a serious risk to all drivers. When the weather turns nasty, the safest choice is often to stay off the road altogether, but hanging up your keys isn’t always an option for fleet drivers.

Adverse weather can lead to reduced visibility and decreased steering ability and traction, as well as increase the amount of time and space it takes to come to a complete stop. Seasonal maintenance can help your business’s vehicles safely navigate whatever weather conditions the season has to offer, but the most effective way to stay safe during perilous weather is to adjust your expectations and driving behavior accordingly.

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Winter is hard on your business’s vehicles. Between road salt, blizzards, and frigid temperatures, harsh winter weather can take a toll on everything from your vehicle’s body to its internal components and even the interior cabin. Mid-season maintenance can help your vehicles withstand winter, but when the snow melts, a spring check-up is the best thing you can do to keep your business running smoothly until the mercury drops again.

To help reduce fuel consumption, improve driver safety, and increase the lifespan of your vehicles, we’ve created a checklist of essential springtime vehicle maintenance tasks. Whether you pass this list on to your drivers or use your GPS tracking system to create automated maintenance reminders, these tips can help keep your fleet vehicles in top condition all season long, even if your business doesn’t operate in a wintery climate.

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