The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) launched its 2016 Drive Safely Work Week campaign yesterday. Targeting company drivers and commuters, the week promotes safe-driving education and awareness. The campaign comes at a great time, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced that traffic fatalities increased 7.2% in 2015 over the previous year—which is the largest percentage increase in the last half century.
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Fall tends to feel like a mild driving season; summer construction is starting to wrap up and the depths of winter are still at bay. But as the saying goes, safety never takes a holiday. Drivers must always be vigilant; even when—perhaps especially when—they feel like they can relax a little.
Thinking of upfitting your fleet to better suit your drivers’ needs? Here are the most popular ways to do it (and the reasons why).
Nine times out of 10—if not more often—the process of retrieving a fleet vehicle from a terminated employee is hassle free.
It used to be that commercial leases came as one fixed offering: fleets were given a monthly rate that was determined by the lease duration and expected mileage. This option (the closed-end lease) is still available, but now fleet managers have another leasing option that allows for more flexibility: the open-end lease.
Lifecycle management is about accounting for a vehicle’s total operating costs. More than just the initial price of the vehicle, lifecycle management includes the costs for fuel, insurance, licensing, routine maintenance and parts replacement—not to mention any costs associated with administration and downtime (the loss of productivity) during repairs.
Why bother with the math? Because it gives you a more accurate idea of when to replace a vehicle in your fleet—saving you money in the long run.
Granted, not all fleets will have the same priorities in managing all the cost variables. For example, one company might be comfortable absorbing the cost of downtime, whereas another company will see it as a direct loss in revenue.
Lifecycle management makes room for managing cost variables differently. There are three widely accepted strategies for vehicle replacement.
Accidents happen. When you manage a fleet, you know this to be inherently true. The question is why does the annual budget for dealing with accidents continue to rise?
When we think about fuel economy, our minds tend to go right to the type of vehicle in use. We think about smaller, lighter vehicles, or hybrid electric models. This makes sense, but it doesn’t help our fleet after the deal is done and the vehicle is sitting in the lot.
The good news is no matter what type of fleet you’re managing, there are always ways to save on fuel. That’s because the way vehicles are driven and maintained contributes to miles per gallon. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 25%. Ideally, however, you’re performing regular preventative maintenance, which the DOE says will increase fuel mileage by an average of 5%.
Despite three years of relatively flat tire costs, it’s still not cheap to replce tires in your fleet. With a well-defined tire maintenance program in place, you can save a considerable amount of money by prolonging intervals between replacements. Of course, tire maintenance isn’t only about cost savings. Better-maintained tires mean better fuel mileage, improved driver safety, as well as lower chances of roadside emergencies and expensive downtime.
Since there are several factors that contribute to the life and performance of a tire, here’s some advice that could save you headaches in the long run!