Road safety in New Zealand is an urgent concern. Earlier this year, over a one week period, 26 people died as a result of fatal collisions. Deadly incidents are too frequent on our roads, and it’s up to everyone, including businesses, to be part of the solution... especially companies that employ fleets. Your drivers must be aware of the dangers of irresponsible driving and should be empowered in every way to stay safe behind the wheel.
For every fleet, many threats exist at any given time. The good news is that threats related to driver behaviour are avoidable, including the usage of mobile phones while driving.
After hours one night, you hear the report that you never want to hear: one of your fleet drivers has gotten into a collision. You’re relieved to hear that there were no injuries. But now, you must deal with a damaged vehicle. Should it be repaired or replaced?
Dealing with ballooning costs as well as accidents and the ensuing downtime are all hassles that can arise when managing your fleet operations get out of hand. But how do you avoid these inevitable problems and help keep more vehicles on the road?
Look closely at a healthy mobile workforce and you’ll find a few processes driving it: clear visibility into fleet performance, good control of costs, and a stellar fleet operation that’s earned its place in the overall corporate outlook.
Driver performance, fleet risk, the costs of vehicle downtime and accidents... all are common anxieties for fleet managers. Given that, it makes sense to lower fleet risk and costs any way you can.
Every business wants to maximise profits and minimise losses. And when a business runs on a fleet, there are special challenges that come with meeting those goals.
It takes real finesse to manage a modern fleet properly and smoothly. That includes keeping costs down, keeping assets on the road, minimising accidents, and ensuring employee health and safety.
Fleets can be tricky to manage - there are so many moving parts that must work together, and work well. You need a strong driving policy, vehicles constantly on the road, a plan to bring accidents (and the associated admin work) to a minimum, and ways to control costs and risk factors.
Even for the most diligent fleet manager, it’s hard to keep tabs on everything that poses a risk to the company fleet. Get everything ‘right’ and you can still find yourself awakened by late-night road incidents, only to deal with the costs and admin from vehicle downtime, liabilities, and third-party negotiations.