When it comes to safety, it doesn’t really matter what size your company is, maintaining a proper safety culture is critical and process improvement should include safety as a mandatory practice.
This could be true no more than businesses running small trucking fleets. The large players have the resources, technology and employees they require for adequate supervision of truck drivers, technicians, dispatchers and everyone else on down the line.
That’s where fleet management tools come in. Is your fleet prepared for the future? The fact is, these technologies have sufficiently dropped in price that small fleets now have the ability to monitor truck driver behavior, vehicle performance, and other operational aspects in ways they couldn’t even ten years ago.
What this means is that the capabilities of the big guys are now in the hands of the small guys. Imagine a fleet of 5 – 10 tractors running the same kind of well-managed and safe fleet of vehicles as some of their largest competitors.
New systems allow small trucking companies to leverage billions of data points collected through fleet management software. Utilizing these technologies can have a definite impact on fleet safety goals.
Evaluating Vehicle and Business Type
Sure, many driving the roads nowadays may see a lot of tractor-trailers on the road, but they probably don’t know that heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles account for far less fleet traffic than they may initially imagine.
Consider that there are 27.6 million service-based vehicles registered nationwide. This whopping number accounts for one in ten of all vehicles currently on the roads today.
These commercial fleets comprise everything from Class 1 – 5 vehicles. Typically, you can expect these vehicles to make up plumbing, heating, construction, pest control and other vehicles of the type.
Now consider that there are a mere 5.6 million heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles on the road, and suddenly everything comes into perspective. This means there are around five service-based vehicles for every one big rig.
What Does It Mean
So, what does this all mean for a small fleet with truckers on the road and employees at home office? It means that, outside the most obvious concern of human safety and well – being – utilizing technology to improve safety measures has not only become practical, it’s become a necessary part of doing business.
Having a hardwired safety control device, whether passive or active, not only helps you improve truck driver behavior, it increases the safety of said truck driver and those in passenger vehicles around him or her on the road.
Prior to responsive technologies, fleet managers employed a ‘hit or miss’ approach to addressing or improving fleet safety measures. Or perhaps they were reacting to an incident, rather than proactively preventing it?
Whatever the case, there’s a real business case for small fleets to invest in technologies that allow them to monitor their fleet in real time, rather than waiting for vehicle downtime or a potential accident lawsuit.
The main driver of this new potential for small fleets is the consistent drop in price for such technologies. Components from across industry are now being cross-pollinated, which allows for better price drops.
According to some estimates, costs for technologies of the same abilities and built-in processes constructed ten years ago are now on the order of 50 percent cheaper today. This opens new avenues and potential for fleets of all shapes and sizes.
Think your fleet isn’t ready? Imagine the long-term investment gain as your safety numbers improve, truck drivers and customers are happier, and the feds are potentially off your case.
With prices dropping, you’ve got no excuse to jump on the trucker safety technology bandwagon. Hop on today!