If you are managing a large fleet then you have probably found that it is cost-effective to have a fuel storage tank on your property to handle some or all of your fueling needs.
We’ve been hearing buzz about autonomous cars for almost a century now, with the dreams of a self-driving car for everyday use showing up in fictional accounts of the future in the 1930’s. As we saw the promises of other once far-fetched inventions come to fruition, we’ve continued to wait for the reality of an autonomous vehicle. Each year it seems that we are given more exciting updates about the encroaching arrival of truly autonomous vehicles on our streets, but so far test vehicles have yet to give way to a functioning consumer product.
Fuel costs are a major cost of doing business when operating a fleet of any size. Purchasing new vehicles can significantly reduce fuel cost, but can be prohibitive as a capital investment. Most fleet managers are unable to replace their entire fleet and may continue to operate older vehicles for some time. This means that proper maintenance to improve and maintain fuel efficiency is an important, and cost-effective, way of reducing overall costs.
Here are a few things you can do to maintain fuel efficiency in cars and trucks:
What will the year ahead look like for trucking fleets? Here are a few predictions:
1. The Driver Shortage Will Continue
The need to find qualified drivers, particularly for long-haul operations, will continue to be an issue in 2016, analysts tell Heavy Duty Trucking, an industry magazine. Continue reading What Fleet Managers Should Expect In 2016
But take heart, truck drivers. Most Americans think very highly of you.
A poll commissioned in the late summer of 2015 by the American Trucking Association found that most people consider truck drivers among the safest on the road, and that the trucking industry is vital to the nation’s economy. Continue reading Americans Love Truckers
A good fleet safety program is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your trucking fleet. And as any good fleet safety manager can tell you, the benefits of this program go far beyond simply avoiding accidents. Besides saving significant money by reducing the costs associated with accidents, a solid safety program can have some fairly beneficial long-term effects.
For one thing, when every employee accepts and follows a safety program, it leads to greater productivity among those workers. This leads to reduced turnover, because the level of employee satisfaction rises with the sense of well-being. Companies can lower their insurance costs by maintaining and demonstrating a track record of safe driving over a period of time. Continue reading 5 Steps to Start Your Fleet Safety Program