Statistically, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are some of the most dangerous for drivers in the United States. This is due to more teen drivers, motorcycles and bicycles being on the road, more people taking family road trips and, of course, construction. Summer weather also contributes to the number of fatal accidents. We’re well into summer now, but in retrospect, we almost always remember the weather as being hot and sunny. We tend to forget or block out the potentially dangerous thunderstorms and other extreme weather conditions that can be prevalent during this season.
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The most common mistake we see when in the process of planning a fleet is to think about cost first, then function later. Purchasing a cheaper vehicle that is not suited for its job may lower the price point up front, but it will end up costing you more down the line.The ideal process for purchasing new vehicles is to work with managers and drivers to identify how the vehicle will be used, what its operational requirements are, and any specifications the driver needs to perform his or her job.
Food shippers find staffing and turnover particularly challenging as they need to hire the “right” person for the job who can deliver food cargo properly and promptly. The job requires a fair amount of physical labor and delivery schedules are both tight and frequent. An added responsibility that drivers from other industries may not face is the requirement to deliver the cargo fresh, frozen, or in accordance with any other temperature specification. This week we’re focusing on some of the most common food industry challenges and what fleet managers can do to address or avoid them.
With spring finally upon us, it’s time to clean away any evidence of winter and think ahead to the warmer months to come. Preventative maintenance now will help prepare your fleet for summertime, which brings a different kind of wear and tear than the wintertime. Here is a 7-point checklist that can help you with preparing for the next season:
The ambiguity around what constitutes “normal” wear and tear on company vehicles can be annoying at best, and at worst, costly. It’s important to have a clear understanding and policy of what kind of wear and tear is to be expected and accepted, versus actual damages. It’s important because when it comes to terminating a lease, trading in, or reselling, you don’t want to have any surprises regarding the value of the vehicles. So, what types of wear and tear are to be expected? Let’s break it down by section.
It’s never-ending – the discussions in your fleet surrounding company-provided vehicles. And more often than not, personal use is both a sensitive area and a deciding factor. So, how do you avoid an ongoing discussion and flared tempers? You need to decide how you can best accommodate drivers’ needs – work and personal – while minding your bottom line. But don’t worry, the management of personal use can be rather simple; it’s the implementation and reporting that can get a little harried. Here are some aspects to consider when drawing up your policy:
Once a distant dream, driverless cars are now very much a reality. Several big-name manufacturers have been performing road tests and running diagnostics in the race to have the first autonomous vehicle ready for mass consumption. Just last month, new federal guidelines were announced that aim to help speed up the technology and get driverless cars on the road sooner. What does this mean for fleets and fleet managers? Well, there are a few components to consider:
Vehicle selection is no simple task. A common hang-up we hear from customers is knowing what type of vans or pickup trucks they should use in their fleet. When it comes to choosing between the two, total cost of ownership is important, but there are several additional elements that can be just as critical to consider. For example, job function, efficiency, driver comfort, and location(s) are all essential when deciding how to stock your fleet. To help, we’ve compiled a short list of questions and considerations for you to take under advisement before picking a side.
High turnover rates and a shortage of drivers aren’t anything new for the fleet industry. But, when it comes to recruiting methods, something new just might be the solution. In today’s ever-evolving world, you need to make sure your recruiting and employee retention practices line up with the search methods and priorities of the current workforce.