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What Are The Benefits Of Renting Fleets?

When it comes to running their business, many people bring the same mindset they grew up with to that firm. One of those preconceived ideas is often that buying is always better than renting. The truth is, however, that in many cases renting beats buying. This is particularly true in the case of a business that runs a fleet of trucks.

With Renting Comes More Flexibility 

If a business is cyclical and its projects are varied in size and often come with different requirements, renting offers a much more flexible solution. Renting will allow the firm to use the trucks it needs when it needs them. And when the project is over, those trucks won’t have to be stored and maintained while waiting for the next similar project to come along. The same principle applies to e.g. delivery vehicles. When a business works with an experienced rental firm it will be able to customize its transport needs on a per-project basis to only pay for what it needs. The cost savings involved in that alone is often enough reason to choose to rent your fleet over buying.

Reduced Maintenance, Insurance, And Storage Costs 

Renting trucks and other vehicles shifts most or all of the maintenance burden to the rental firm. Depending on the contract, maintenance can be partly or fully the responsibility of the rental company. This includes everything from routine services to attending to roadside breakdowns a thousand miles away. Plus the rental firm takes care of insuring those vehicles.

Another direct benefit of this is that the rental firm takes care of recruiting and carrying the cost of maintenance staff. There is no longer any need for the client to employ a team of technicians that are not always fully utilized.

When a company owns a fleet of vehicles, it also has to make provisions for storing them. If this is done on-site it will require a large capital investment plus long-term maintenance costs. Alternatively, the company will have to rent storage space from a third party, which can be very expensive. With renting a fleet that responsibility is of course transferred to the fleet rental firm.

Renting Makes It Much Easier To Update Your Fleet 

When a business buys its own vehicles, those vehicles will sooner or later have to be replaced or the issue of unscheduled breakdowns will start rearing its ugly head. Some firms follow a staggered approach, i.e. they replace a percentage of their vehicles every year or two. Others base the decision on the truck or other vehicle’s mileage.

Another reason fleets often have to be updated is the need for new equipment and features. Technology is changing rapidly and if a new contract comes along that requires the most technologically advanced features it could force your company to either make a huge investment or lose the deal.

Rental firms regularly update their fleets to make sure they always have the latest vehicles in stock. They typically replace their trucks, delivery vehicles, etc., after six months or a year to ensure that their fleets always offer what their clients need.

Renting Your Fleet Means No More Idle Vehicle Costs 

Vehicles that are sitting idle will still cost their owners money. The list here includes fuel that goes bad, seals that deteriorate, routine maintenance, fluids that have to be replaced, and tires that start rotting and cracking – particularly if the vehicle is standing outside in the sun.

Vehicles that are not garaged or covered can also suffer damage in the form of plastic and dashes that crack and become brittle, fading paint, etc.

A business that rents its fleet can focus on its core business activities while the rental firm takes care of vehicles. Looking to expand your fleet or perhaps you’re just getting started? Trust Efficiency to take care of the hard work for you! Contact us today!

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How Truck Wraps Can Be Used To Generate Impressions For Your Business

There is a good reason why so many businesses use vehicle wraps, and more specifically truck wraps, to market their products and services.

Based on research carried out by the OAAA (Outdoor Advertising Association of America) this is one of the most cost-effective ways to promote your business. Let us take a closer look at how truck wraps can be used to generate impressions for your business.

Truck Wraps Reach A Wide Audience 

According to OAAA data, a single truck wrap is able to generate anything from 30,000 to 80,000 impressions (views) every day, depending on the size and population of the city where your trucks are being used. The OAAA also recently stated that vehicle wraps can be used to reach no less than 95 percent of Americans.

Truck Wraps Are Memorable 

In a poll conducted by Cox Communications among millennials (people between the ages of 18 and 34) a while ago, it came to light that nearly half (47%) of this very important market segment find vehicle wraps easy to remember. In other words, you won’t be paying for advertising that most people will forget within the next 5 minutes.

Truck Wraps Are Among The Most Cost-Effective Ways Of Advertising 

The return on investment should always be an important factor to consider when choosing from among the many different marketing options. The reality here is that, when it comes to the cost per 1,000 impressions, truck wraps are hard to beat. According to research recently carried out by Arbitron, Inc., the cost of truck wraps starts at about $0.35 for every 1,000 impressions. Most other options are much more expensive. Outdoor signage will, for example, cost a business around $3.56 for every thousand impressions. The cost of radio advertising is more than double that at around $7.75/1,000. And when it comes to television advertising, the cost is about three times higher than radio at $23.70 for every thousand impressions.

Truck Wraps Are Perfect To Reach A Local Market 

Let’s face it: with nearly any other form of advertising your business will be paying to reach, not only its target audience, but also many people who will never become customers because they simply live too far away. Truck wraps don’t suffer from that shortcoming. If your trucks are moving around in a specific area, its people most likely form part of your target market. And they can easily and cost-effectively be reached with eye-catching truck wrap ads.

Truck Wraps Are Less Invasive Than Many Other Forms Of Advertising 

With many other forms of advertising, the potential customer is busy doing something else and your advertisement interrupts whatever he or she is doing. They might actually find your ad so intrusive that they subconsciously block it from memory. Truck wraps, on the other hand, do not interrupt anybody’s journey. Because they are part of the traffic scenery, they blend in more seamlessly. Yet, as we have seen above, their messages tend to linger longer in the minds of viewers.

Looking to add truck advertising to your marketing plans? Let Efficiency handle the design, installation and tracking for you! Contact us today.

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Fleet Maintenance Costs: How Do You Control Them

If there is one important point of which fleet managers should never lose sight it’s that fleet management costs are not fixed, they are variable. This includes the types of vehicles in your fleet, the costs of supplies and parts, and even other factors that can impact fleet maintenance costs, such as the weather and road conditions. It’s crucial to know the difference between fixed and variable costs if you want to control expenses and introduce practices that will help to limit costs. The following steps will go a long way to help fleet managers who want to improve control over their fleet maintenance costs.

Reduce The Number Of Vehicles In Your Fleet

With better route planning, improved driver utilization, and rescheduling deliveries and pickups more efficiently, it should be possible to do the same work with a smaller fleet. This is the only surefire way to reduce fleet maintenance costs. Do not, however, cut down the fleet size to such an extent that it forces drivers to drive unsafely because they have to rush everywhere they go. The focus should be on better planning. 

Set Up And Adhere To Fleet Maintenance Programs

Scheduling fleet maintenance results in better cost predictability and enables fleet owners to plan properly because they know the intervals between services, shop space, tools, technicians, and parts that will be needed. This improves the quality of work, boosts workshop productivity, and reduces costs. 

Instructions should take the form of checklists that clearly set out the work that has to be carried out, taking into account driver reports and the data from onboard telematics systems.

Make Sure Your Vehicles Always Take The Shortest Possible Routes

If you don’t use GPS routing in your company’s fleet, you are losing out on an important way to help control fleet maintenance costs. This technology used real-time traffic information to calculate the quickest possible route to the driver’s destination. Not only does this save time, but it also saves fuel, and reduces wear and tear on the vehicle. This in turn has a direct impact on repairs costs and depreciation.

Ensure That Parts Inventory Is Effectively Optimized

Properly optimizing parts inventory can help bring about significant cost savings. With the proper parts being available whenever they are needed, technicians will be able to do their work more efficiently and without unnecessary waiting times. If your firm already employs a fleet maintenance program, making sure the right part is available at the right time will help to reduce the time vehicles spend in the workshop. This will in turn reduce labor costs and vehicle downtime, both of which are important elements of fleet maintenance costs.

Replace Vehicles When They Reach A Certain Age

There comes a stage in every vehicle’s lifetime that driving it will cost more than the higher cost of replacing it with a newer one. When a vehicle starts to require above-average repairs and its fuel consumption increases significantly (very common with older vehicles), it is most likely no longer financially justifiable to keep it in your fleet. With the help of financial forecasting, you should develop rules to decide when a vehicle should be replaced and what it should be replaced with.

Get Rid Of Unnecessary Loads

Fuel is one of the biggest costs of running a fleet. and carrying unnecessary materials or equipment can significantly increase fuel usage. Make sure only the equipment the workers need for a particular job is carried onboard any vehicle. Train the workers to always remove equipment used at a previous task before proceeding to the next one. This specifically refers to heavy tools and equipment. The additional drag caused by an empty roof rack can, for example, increase fuel consumption by as much as 30%.

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10 Important Factors When Buying Pre-Owned Trucks For Your Fleet

At one time or another, many businesses find themselves in need of a good used truck to add to the fleet. When choosing a pre-owned truck for your business, aftermarket exhaust systems are just an important factor that has to be considered, along with the cost and the value of the vehicle. In this article, we will go over the top ten factors you should consider when buying a used commercial truck.

10 Essential Factors When Purchasing Used Commercial Trucks:

Cost
Truck costs can include purchase price, fees, and taxes. Many companies desire fixed-cost purchasing plans, so the cost of the vehicle is known and budgeted for. Fixed cost purchasing plans typically include the purchase price, delivery fees, taxes, and extended warranties.

Durability
The durability of a used commercial truck will be determined by its age and mileage. It is essential to know how many miles were on the truck before being taken out of service. A truck with an average of about 200,000 miles on its odometer is considered to have good durability. The buyer must look into the history of any commercial trucks being considered for purchase.

Reliability
When purchasing used commercial trucks, it is essential to ensure they are reliable. The best way to determine the reliability of a used commercial truck is to check its maintenance records. It is necessary to verify that an authorized dealer has properly maintained the vehicle.

Warranty
Warranty coverage is one of the most overlooked factors when purchasing pre-owned trucks. Any company that buys new vehicles should have a “bumper to bumper” warranty. The warranty will cover all of the truck’s components part of the original manufacturer’s equipment list. It also includes the engine, transmission, drive axle, and suspension system.

Price
There is a big difference in purchasing used commercial trucks based on make and model in addition to mileage. A rule of thumb is that the older the truck, the less expensive it will be to purchase.

Capacity
All used commercial trucks have a capacity rating associated with them. The capacity rating tells you how much weight and cargo each truck can handle. When choosing an appropriate truck for your business, ensuring its capacity matches your needs is vital.

Service network
All of the commercial trucks for sale will have a service network associated with them. The service network is an important factor to consider because it tells you how many dealerships are available to provide you with parts and service information if needed. It also shows you which dealership supports models.

Towing capacity
The towing capacity of any used commercial truck is important. If you are purchasing the pre-owned trucks for a company that has large trailers or tow vehicles, then the truck must keep up with the trailer.

Operating costs
When purchasing used commercial trucks, operating costs are one of the most important factors to consider. The operating costs of a used commercial truck include things like fuel economy and repair and maintenance costs. It may be beneficial for you to investigate the average costs of similar trucks that were purchased in the past.

Insurance
Truck Insurance rates vary depending on many factors such as the age, make, model, and mileage of the truck. If a company is purchasing used commercial trucks, then it is important to investigate insurance costs for similar models in the past.

While these 10 factors make a major impact on your decision, always go the extra mile with your research. Whether buying used or new, you want the most value for your money while ensuring that you are getting a high-quality product. Need help looking over your fleet plans or purchasing the right vehicle? Let Efficiency handle the heavy lifting for you!

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5 Costs Involved In Commercial Truck Leasing

Commercial truck leasing can be a great way to get the equipment you need without paying for it upfront. However, many costs come with this type of lease. In this blog post, we will explore 10 of these costs so that you know what to expect when considering commercial truck leasing.

1. Acquisition Fees

When you lease a commercial truck, one of the costs is acquisition fees. These are just leasing company fees that cover things like administrative expenses and insurance premiums. The leasing company will not collect an acquisition fee if you purchase the truck at the end of your lease.

2. Depreciation

Another cost involved with commercial truck leasing is depreciation. This refers to the loss of value or money that results from using equipment for an extended period. Essentially, your asset (the lease) has less worth at the end than it did at first because you have used it and worn out some parts in the process. The specific amount of depreciation will depend on the life expectancy of the truck and how much use it gets.

Depreciation costs can be tricky to calculate, so commercial truck leasing companies typically offer a simple lease calculator to put in your desired information for an estimate. Then, they’ll propose an estimated monthly payment based on this calculation.

3. Financing Costs

Part of the cost involved with commercial truck leasing is financing costs. The company will typically use a bank or other financial institution to finance your lease, and they’ll charge you interest for this. If you are also paying acquisition fees, you can combine these two things into one monthly payment that covers both items together. This is usually done because it’s easier for the lease company to pay one bill each month instead of two.

4. Insurance Premiums

As with any vehicle, you will need to pay for insurance premiums when leasing a commercial truck. This is one of the highest costs of commercial truck leasing and can vary greatly depending on what kind of coverage you choose (the more comprehensive your plan, the higher it will be). You should always check various insurance providers before leasing a commercial truck so you can find the best deal.

If you are using your insurance policy to cover any damages, it is high enough for this purpose. The leasing company will not pay out of pocket if there is an accident, and they will also charge penalties or fees if their deductible payment has already been used up.

5. Maintenance and Repairs

Part of the cost involved with commercial truck leasing is maintenance and repairs. As you use your leased equipment, it will eventually need to be fixed or maintained somehow. This can result in charges that come out of your lease payments if insurance covers them (for example, windshield replacement). You should also know that if you use your maintenance plan, the leasing company may still charge an additional fee to cover it.

6. Payment Method Fee

One of the costs of commercial truck leasing that many people don’t know about is the payment method. It can be challenging to find a company willing to lease you their equipment if you cannot make automatic payments through your bank account or credit card information.

This also makes it easier for them because they will only have one payment to make instead of tracking down payments from your business. This is especially important if you are using a third-party financing company, as they will need an easy payment method for the transaction process to go through correctly. The leasing company may require that you have a credit card on file with them and authorize automatic debits from your bank account.

You must set up a straightforward arrangement with all parties involved about who will pay for what type of repairs and when. The last thing you want is surprise charges because there was some misunderstanding along the way. It would be best if you discussed this before the lease begins. Worried about your existing contract? Want a second opinion? Let Efficiency help!

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How to Remove Stress Out of Commercial Truck Leasing

For many companies, commercial truck leasing has been nothing short of a highly stressful affair. Instead of enjoying and experiencing the joys of truck leasing and realizing business dreams, what they experience is just a protracted nightmare. Fortunately, there are several tips that you can employ to ensure that you don’t end up too stressed by truck leasing.

Do Thorough Research on Truck Leasing Programs

Most of the mistakes you will make when it comes to truck leasing are a result of trying to do things at the last minute. Therefore, you must avoid doing that and ensure that you know everything you must know ahead of time. In fact, the more details you find out ahead of time, the better your decisions will be when it comes to getting into lease agreements.

One of the best things you can do is talk to experienced operators about best practices when it comes to leasing trucks. There are several questions you can ask. For instance, you can inquire about their monthly or weekly rates or down payments. You can also find out if they handle any maintenance, towing, or repairs? The trick is to know as much as you can before you sign anything. Find out what’s in the lease contract. If everything is clear before you sign, then the chance that things will go wrong becomes slimmer. The truck leasing service should be able to answer all of your questions.

Read the Terms of Service

If you are regularly transporting heavy loads, it means you will likely need to lease trucks for a longer period. So before you agree to anything, ensure that you read the terms and conditions thoroughly, so you don’t get into an agreement without proper understanding. You need to know the kind of support the leasing company is promising to offer. This will help clear things if something unexpected happens. You also need to find out if there are any distance limits placed on the trucks. Failure to abide by some of the conditions listed in the terms and conditions can result in penalties.

Consider Prices

As with all your expenses, you need to compare several offers and pick the one that best serves your interests. You must never jump at the first deal you will find. Some service providers might just charge you a lot of money even if their service is no better than the next. The first thing you need to do is set a budget and ensure that you stick to it. Hiring services rarely negotiate, so you need to find a provider with a price that you are comfortable with.

Check the Type of Trucks

Another thing you seriously need to look into is the size of the trucks you’re looking at leasing. Older vehicles will probably not be as efficient as you want, and they need more maintenance. If you are planning to purchase the trucks at the end of the lease, it is not advisable to pick trucks that will be difficult to maintain and upgrade.

Accessible Service Centers

It’s not uncommon for vehicles to break down. Sometimes even the best-maintained vehicles can have problems. Before you sign the lease agreement, you must find out how quickly the provider can address the problem and where their service centers are located. You need to get your trucks from a service that takes the safety of its customers seriously and offers 24/7 roadside assistance. Some of the best service providers will provide you with a replacement truck at no extra cost to ensure that there are no delays on your part.

These are some of the things you must look into to ensure that you don’t end up in a tricky spot after leasing trucks. The idea is to be well informed when it comes to how lease agreements work and what you should be looking for in a service provider. Let Efficiency Enterprises make your leasing experience easy! Contact us today to learn more.

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Cut Your Fleet’s Fuel Costs With These Four Easy Steps

One of the simplest ways you can improve the amount of profit your business makes is to reduce the amount of money you spend on fuel each year. Spending a lot of money on fuel can have a huge negative impact on your business if you operate a fleet of vehicles. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies that you can implement to ensure that you don’t end up spending too much on fuel. Read on to find out how you can cut your fleet’s fuel costs with these four easy steps.

Cut Your Fleet’s Fuel Costs by Improving Driver Behavior

The way your driver moves has a serious impact on how much fuel your trucks use. For instance, if they drive at excessive speeds, brake harshly, and gun off after stopping at traffic lights, the trucks will consume a lot of fuel. This means you must invest in training your drivers and ensuring that they understand the importance of fuel-efficient driving techniques. This will not only help you to save money on fuel, but it can also help keep the drivers, pedestrians, and other motorists safe on the roads.

There are several Energy Saving Trust-approved eco-driving courses that your drivers can take so they understand how to drive properly. Research shows that trained drivers can help you save up to 6% over time, about 15% on the day a driver is trained.

Avoid Unnecessary Idling

Research shows that idling vehicles for prolonged periods is a practice that wastes fuel unnecessarily. Even though it seems like only a small amount of fuel is wasted when trucks idle, these amounts accumulate over time, and the wasted expenses can quickly add up, especially at the fleet level resulting in significant losses.

To avoid unnecessary idling, you must train your drivers to switch off their engines if they know they will be parking for a while. It is also important that they don’t overdo it because research also shows trucks that are started many times a day also consume a lot of fuel. If the stop is going to be prolonged, turning off the engine will have more benefits than just saving fuel. There will be less engine wear as well. Nowadays, you can use telematics software to let drivers know when they should switch off their trucks after shifting into park.

Set Speed Limits for Your Drivers

Speeding is a practice that wastes a lot of fuel, and it can also be quite dangerous. Research done by the UMTRI shows that truck drivers who move at high speeds waste a lot of fuel, and sometimes a truck’s fuel efficiency can be cut by as much as 30%. Therefore, it is important to set speed restrictions for your drivers to improve fuel efficiency and reduce safety risks.

Just like with idling, you can also use GPS fleet tracking and telematics to monitor driver speed and alert drivers when they should slow down and drive within the speed limits. There are also software options that can generate reports to indicate which drivers are driving too fast.

Stick to a Preventative Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

One of the things that are most associated with high fuel consumption is tire pressure. This is because a truck requires more power to accelerate when it’s running on deflated tires. This is why you must perform regular checks and take a proactive approach when it comes to maintaining your trucks. There are a lot of factors that can be ironed out, resulting in better performance and reduced fuel consumption.

By practicing the tips listed in this article, you can greatly reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption and improve your bottom line. Little things like tire pressure can seem like they won’t affect your business too much, but it’s those things that can affect your profitability.

Let Efficiency Enterprises help handle your fleet concerns; learn more about becoming a fleet management partner today.

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‏Proactive Fleet Planning: What Is It And Why Do You Need It?‏

‏Usually, managers tend to be more reactive than they are proactive. This is not the proper way to manage a fleet. Instead, for one to run a successful fleet, it takes a lot of proactive planning. There are a lot of adjustments and continual improvements that a manager needs to make on a regular basis to maintain the fleet in good shape. ‏

‏What is Proactive Planning?

‏Proactive fleet planning to take tasks head-on instead of reacting to situations around you. This will insulate you and your business from a lot of market influences as well. It can be difficult to run a business when there is chaos all around you. That is where proactive planning comes into play. It involves addressing tasks way before they turn into problems. You want a proactive plan that enables you to accommodate market fluctuations without being backed into a corner.‏

‏You Run a Reliable Fleet

‏Imagine the amount of money you lose when a single truck from your fleet breaks down. There is a lot of money lost in repairs and in missed opportunities. At the end of the day, your business will be less productive, and you will have to deal with:‏

● ‏Repair costs‏

● ‏Drivers sitting around with no work‏

● ‏Decline in productivity ‏

‏If you maintain your fleet properly, you won’t have to deal with a lot of mechanical issues. This is why you need to stay on top of your vehicle maintenance requirements, as this is an essential part of fleet management. It will help you ensure that more vehicles stay on the road. ‏

‏Lower Maintenance Costs

‏You may not fully understand how proactive fleet planning can lead to lower maintenance costs. However, if you think about it, whenever you take preventative measures, you save a lot of money. Maintenance is generally cheaper than repair because, in most instances, when things are broken, you’ll end up needing to replace a lot of parts. For instance, an oil change is less costly than having your engine damaged because of low oil levels. Apart from that, delaying an oil change can lead to a lot of shorter vehicle engine lifespans. At the end of the day, you will be faced with changing out worn-out pistons or cleaning out clogged engines. ‏

‏Lower Fuel Costs

‏When you take time to plan things ahead and attend to all your maintenance requirements, you will find that a lot of money will be saved in fuel costs. For instance, changing filters and making oil changes on time can help you boost your miles per gallon.‏

‏Another essential factor that contributes to saving fuel is wheel and tire maintenance. In fact, properly maintaining your wheels and tires has been shown to result in a 40% boost in fuel economy. This can be highly beneficial to commercial fleets. When you save on fuel, your operations will be way more profitable. ‏

‏Fleet Safety

‏Another reason why proactive fleet planning is important is that it enables you to maintain fleet safety. There are a lot of things that should be maintained, and ignoring them is just asking for trouble. For instance, you need to constantly check if you need to replace or fix things like tires, coupling devices, and brakes. Research shows that many accidents usually occur because of problems with the truck’s brake. Accidents that occur because of this are way more than those caused by driver fatigue.‏

‏Proactive fleet planning is all about thinking ahead. You don’t need to do certain tasks just because you have been backed up in a corner. Things like brake failure can be avoided if you take time to plan things and attend to maintenance tasks before they turn into real costly problems.

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5 Reasons Why Reverse Parking A Truck Is Safer

As September is Safety month here at Efficiency we want to highlight something that makes a major impact for all of our customers. Reverse parking sounds like ‘common sense’ but there are major benefits to this approach. In fact, there have been a lot of accidents that have taken place as people are trying to back their trucks out of a space. These accidents lead to injuries and even fatalities.

Apart from collisions, many people have been injured by vehicles whose drivers were trying to back out of a parking spot. In a study conducted in 2018, about 12 000 non-occupants were injured by trucks trying to reverse from a parking spot. Of these 12 000, 284 were killed. These accidents occurred in driveways and parking facilities. Also, most of the people who are killed by backover collisions are the elderly and kids.

Rear Visibility Technology for Added Safety

It’s generally safer for truck drivers to drive out of space when they have a clear field of vision ahead of them. However, one of the issues with reverse parking is that it can be difficult to see what’s happening behind a truck as you are trying to reverse into a spot. Fortunately, nowadays, most trucks come equipped with rear visibility technology. This allows the driver to get into the parking spot safely.

Better Visibility

While it can be easier to spot vehicles on the roads with rearview mirrors, people can be hard to notice as a driver is backing out of a parking spot. With reverse parking, the driver first backs into a clear parking spot, and the chances of them hurting anyone are very low. On the other hand, when backing out of a space, there will be a lot of blind spots, and you won’t be able to see what’s happening around you. This increases the risk of hitting someone you can’t see.

Easier to Get Out of Emergency Situations

When the truck is parked in reverse, it is easier to jump into it and escape the emergency. This can save you from a lot of trouble. For instance, if the truck is carrying flammable materials and there is a fire, you will need to act quickly, and at the same time, prevent your truck from colliding with other vehicles and pedestrians.

Reverse Parking is Fuel Efficient

It is easier to pull forward out of a parking space. Since you can see everything that will be happening, you will most likely be able to do it all at once. Apart from this, research shows that a truck will consume a lot of fuel on a cold engine as it is backing out. However, when pulling forward in the first few minutes, the truck will use less fuel.

Reverse Parking Allows the Driver to Leave a Parking Spot Quicker

Reverse parking will allow the driver to leave the parking spot quicker. This will enable the drivers to save time if there is a lot of traffic on the road, reducing the chances of obstructing traffic and causing accidents.

Most truck drivers find reverse parking to be a little difficult for them. However, it is essential for every truck driver to be able to reverse park without struggling. If you have not yet mastered this important skill, you might want to take some time to practice in your spare time. If your truck has a rearview camera, you will find that it’s easier than you imagined. Reverse parking is an easier alternative for pedestrians.

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4 Ways To Minimize The Risk Of Risky Drivers In Your Fleet

Statistics show that on average commercial fleets have a disturbing 20 percent yearly accident rate – and that human error is behind nearly 80% of all these accidents. A high-risk driver can cost your firm as much as $70,000 in a single accident. To put this into perspective: it’s nearly double the cost of the average workplace injury.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, therefore, that fleet managers are under increasing pressure, not only to identify risky drivers, but also to boost safety levels by doing whatever is necessary to remedy the situation.

If the safety of your fleet is a top priority, it’s imperative to change the driver issues that are causing all these accidents. But where do you start? Continue reading to find out.

Start by identifying high-risk drivers

If you only have three vehicles in your fleet, you will already know which one of the three drivers is a higher risk than the others. If you have 300 vehicles, things are much more complex. Work methodically. Start by checking all the drivers’ accident histories. Also, check every vehicle record. This will help to identify those drivers who have been involved in the highest number of accidents or who have abnormally high numbers of traffic violations on their record.

Classify these drivers into risk categories

Let’s say that, after studying all the vehicle and driver records, a list of 40 drivers who have an above-average number of infractions on their record emerges. That does not mean they are all in the same risk category. The next step is to classify them into risk groups.

At the bottom would be those with one or two equipment violations. The next group could be those with three or four violations, including breaking traffic rules. In an even higher risk group could be those with more than four violations, including serious speeding and other moving violations.

Right at the top should be those who have committed serious offenses like driving under the influence, ignoring stop signs or traffic lights, or exceeding the speed limit by more than 25mph.

Train and re-train problem drivers

Once it becomes clear who the high-risk drivers are and where the problem areas lie, the next step is corrective training. Whether this happens online, behind the wheel, or in a classroom, it should specifically focus on eliminating problem areas.

Some issues can easily be fixed by making sure the drivers in question get a refresher course that covers topics such as following distances, the dangers of speeding, driving in bad weather, etc. In other cases, the driver might have to be monitored behind the wheel to pinpoint and eliminate bad driving habits.

Create a culture of safe driving in your firm

While a once-off ‘drive safely’ campaign might be useful, in the long run, more will be needed. To keep the issue of safe driving on your drivers’ minds, consider doing the following:

Involve managers. Managers are in closer contact with drivers than the top management team. Start by making sure safe driving is one of their top priorities and request them to regularly stress the importance of this whenever they are in contact with drivers.

Safety meetings. Safe driving is important enough to warrant a regular meeting where you, for example, get someone from outside the firm to give a talk on this topic. It will also go a long way to keep safe driving on everyone’s mind.

Memos, emails, and newsletters. On their own, these are not enough. But when used as part of an ongoing safe driving campaign, they can help to keep the message alive. If one of your drivers, for example, celebrates 10 violation-free years, use one or more of these to make sure everyone knows about it.

Sources:

https://www.mixtelematics.com/safety
https://www.transpoco.com/blog/how-to-reduce-fleet-vehicle-accidents-starting-with-these-5-tips
https://www.automotive-fleet.com/340207/how-to-deal-with-high-risk-drivers
https://www.wilmarinc.com/blog/8-steps-to-handle-risky-drivers-in-your-fleet
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