Imagine a fleet that’s hardly ever plagued by collisions or downtime. Drivers who consistently perform well and drive safely. And a healthy budget free of sudden accident costs.
The right knowledge is key to successful, safe fleet operations. And it’s even more vital for a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) that oversees a mobile workforce.
The performance of a fleet says a lot about the business operating it. Not only does the company stand to maintain or lose its reputation for safe driving, but the health and safety of the workforce itself — and the future of the entire business — is at stake.
A fleet that works well is beneficial to the entire business that depends on it. But fleet weaknesses — such as frequent downtime, outsized costs, and sudden late-night hassles over accidents — quickly become vulnerabilities that hurt the bottom line.
Fleets have to be ready to get the job done, no matter the season or time of year. And this is especially true during the winter months.
Fleet management is a demanding job. For anyone who is new to the role, or wants to know they’re doing the job as effectively as possible, it’s wise to go over the challenges involved.
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?