Winter is here and with it the possibility of weather conditions that can make driving much more dangerous than usual. With driver safety the number one concern for fleets, it’s important to have a best practices action plan in place for winter driving and for preparing vehicles for any potential adverse conditions.
Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts its annual Brake Safety Week across North America —a week geared to brake safety education and to brake system inspections by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspectors. During Brake Safety Week, as well as every day of the year, when an inspector discovers critical vehicle inspection items, as identified in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, that vehicle will be placed out-of-service until the condition is corrected.
For summer 2022, the weather forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sizzling hot, with higher than usual temperatures expected throughout nearly all of the “Lower 48”.
With hurricane season just around the corner — beginning June 1st and running through November 30th — keeping your generator properly maintained is essential for keeping your business up and running should a power outage occur. Just as your fleet vehicles require preventative maintenance for cost control, reliability, and safety — so does your generator.
Tags: Risk Management
Big data has impacted almost every industry in significant ways and fleet management is no exception. The power of big data has taken fleet management to the next level.
Accidents happen no matter how skilled your drivers, the years of experience behind the wheel, or their training level. The average motorist in the U.S. travels 12,000 to 15,000 miles annually and each year has a one in 15 chance of being involved in a vehicle accident. Most fleet drivers travel 20,000 to 25,000 miles annually, so it’s simple math — your drivers’ exposure to accident risk and your bottom line’s exposure is much greater than that of the average motorist.
There’s no question that a fleet manager’s job is complicated. Most of the time, it can be downright chaotic. With fleet management involving many moving parts, including drivers, vehicles, safety, and compliance, keeping all in check while improving operational and overall fleet efficiency is no easy task. Thankfully, risk management best practices can make fleet management easier by making it more streamlined and efficient.
To get an idea of the importance of having a backup generator for your business, think about what could happen if an unexpected power outage occurred. You would not be able to access data, complete sales, manufacture products, connect with customers, ensure employee and customer safety, and could be forced to shut down your business until power was restored. This can add to the loss of revenue, excessive downtime, loss of customers, corrupt/lost data, property damage, and a damaged reputation — none of which any business can afford.
Rising fuel and maintenance/repair costs are always a hot topic for fleet owners and managers. But what’s typically not as top of mind is the rising cost of fleet vehicle insurance premiums over the last couple of years. With premiums steadily rising and, in some cases, even doubling, owners and managers need to be thinking more about insurance and how to keep premium costs under control.
With solar energy becoming more affordable and accessible than ever before, businesses across the U.S. are increasingly investing in solar as a reliable, clean, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly power source. From Fortune 500 companies to small/midsize businesses, on-site commercial solar installations are booming. These panels can be installed on rooftops, in parking lots, or ground-mounted.