Safety Tips for Improving Your Fleet Operations
One of the key components to any logistics chain is transportation. We still need to physically get items from point A to point B in a timely and effective manner. This cannot be done, however, by cutting corners in terms of health and safety. If one of your drivers falls asleep at the wheel and causes an accident, you are liable. Especially if it is unearthed that you have encouraged them to skip their mandated breaks in order to get the order in faster.
This has happened in the past, and dozens of people died as a result. To keep your cargo safe, your drivers safe, and anyone else who shares the road with them safe, you must follow this guide and implement these changes immediately:
Properly Maintain Your Vehicles
It is your responsibility as the employer or owner to ensure that your fleet is road worthy and safe. If an accident occurs, and it turns out to be due to the wheel coming off due to a lack of inspections you will be sued. You will also likely be responsible for damages and even a few fatalities. Avoid this entirely by properly maintaining your vehicle’s through:
1. Daily safety checks
2. Regular maintenance
3. Frequent washes
Add Maintenance Features
Maintained vehicles are less likely to break down or cause an accident. Maintaining said vehicle is also far cheaper in the long run than paying for repair after repair. Even simple additions like trailer mudguards can help keep dirt away from the wheel axles, thus extending the life of your wheels and allowing your drivers get to their destination without an issue.
Keep These Tools on Hand
Your drivers should also have a few tools on hand to help them handle varying road conditions:
- Items to deal with the weather
- Jumpstart cable
- A radio (for areas without cell reception)
You need to require that all of your drivers take frequent breaks and that they do not drive for too long at a time. Road fatigue can occur regardless of whether the driver has had a proper night’s sleep or not. Simply driving on highways, where the roads are straight for miles upon miles can cause the mind to lull. This can lead to a brief nap and then a terrible accident.
Stay on Top of New Rules and Regulations
Finally, remember that rules of the road change from area to area. Your drivers need to know what these new changes are so that they can follow the law and minimize risk and the number of fines your company will need to answer for.
There are no cutting corners when it comes to safety. Yes, you might be late on a deadline because your driver was stuck in traffic, but that is something that can be managed. Dealing with a huge auto accident because your vehicles were not properly maintained or your driver was pushed to the brink can put your company completely out of business. It is always better and cheaper to be safe than sorry.