Keeping Your Eyes Open

It’s the call no one wants. You’re an enterprising fleet manager who just received word that one of your most experienced, reliable truck drivers was in a collision while operating a truck hauling a tank filled with hazardous materials.

Though terrible situation this may be, you have the tools necessary to immediately assess the situation and make a determination on how to proceed. Your truck is equipped with the latest equipment, so you immediately check the data from your onboard computer.

Keeping Safety in Mind

You note that the operator made a quick lane departure. What’s the damage? How much will repairs cost? Might this impact your CSA scores?

With so many questions, critical safety measures and clear answers might come few and far between. With the proper equipment, these questions come with answers.

Today’s fleet continues to look for ways to deliver the insights required to get the most from their truck drivers. It’s not just about the bottom line, it’s about how a fleet can proactively reduce risk and lower collisions.

Consider how much you want to keep your truck drivers, cargo and vehicles safe. There are a number of ways to achieve that goal. From in-classroom training to onboard vehicle-based technologies, there’s a lot on offer. Have you considered lane-departure warning or collision avoidance systems?

Another area of consideration lies in your truck drivers’ individual performance. What is their current operating environment? From seat belt compliance to texting while driving, how up-to-date are your people? Are there some sites that are safer than others? When it comes to specific operators, what skills should you focus on?

Stay on top of the curve by identifying a broad-spectrum of potential risks and safety factors. There are a number of ways to manage this, fleet-wide.

Utilizing the Latest Tech

Over the past 20 years, heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles have become increasingly more sophisticated. They can now be outfitted with the latest technological means to preventing crashes and completing post-crash forensics.

What you need to do is prioritize your safety management program to account for risky or unsafe behavior in real time. You need a off-load and alert management systems. The fact is, as a fleet manager, you need immediate access to information that matters the most.

With clarity, fast and effective decisions can be made. Keeping your fleet competitive requires you to focus on resources; to manage the overhead of technology investments in a way that meets your safety goals without increasing overall costs.

Save time and deliver results through integrated safety systems. After all, there are few better ways to gain a real and sustainable competitive advantage.

Face it, much like every other transportation company, learning how to manage CSA scores is a critical aspect of business. Over the past 12 months, a number of companies have received notices saying that if their CSA scores are “marginal” or “above threshold” they may not be able to conduct business with certain brokers and shippers.

From video-based systems to other systematic approaches to consistent and actionable coaching across the fleet, you need a well-formed program to immediately impact not just your bottom line, but your overall safety margin.

It’s no secret that running a transportation company isn’t a walk in the park. If there was ever more of a time to ensure you fleet is focused on programs that significantly increase safety performance, it is now.

Still, you need to ensure you are utilizing cost-effective methods to both meet goals and keep people employed. You need to better protect your truck drivers, decrease your risk exposure and keep your equipment in tip-top shape.

Looking for a competitive advantage that is both sustainable and bottom-line friendly? ALWAYS keep safety in mind.