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As it stands, 44 states have bans on text messaging while driving and 12 states ban any mobile phone use while driving at all. Some states have even gone as far as banning operating navigation devices while in a moving vehicle. It’s clear that this is an issue lawmakers are taking seriously. A look back at our blog about distracted driving safety statistics shows us why.
Distracted driving is one of the most talked about aspects of fleet management and for good reason. Statistically speaking it’s one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that the risk of an accident caused by cell phone use is on par with driving while intoxicated.
Driver safety is one of the hottest topics in fleet management. Not only does it have to do with the safety of drivers and ultimately the lives of people on the road, it can also have a huge impact on a company's finances. Driver safety is the responsibility of the company, and having a proper fleet safety policy is not only a moral imperative, it is also smart business.
The first 6 months of unsupervised driving are the most hazardous in a driver’s life. That’s why most states choose to implement graduated driver licensing systems which gradually introduce drivers to more and more freedom on the road as they gain experience. However, even experienced drivers can be at risk for accidents. Plus, over time some drivers will develop bad habits ranging from speeding to tailgating to red light running.
There is no perfect formula to reduce fuel spending, but driver efficiency is a good place to start. Although purchasing vehicles with the highest fuel economy is an option, one of the most cost-effective and overlooked strategies is simply to encourage your drivers to make some small changes to their driving habits.
Reduce Aggressive Driving
Rapid acceleration and braking too quickly wastes fuel and are common symptoms of inefficient driving.
When it comes to company vehicle programs there are a few options available to you. In addition to owning or leasing your fleet of vehicles, you could consider fuel reimbursement. Fuel reimbursement is when employees use their personal cars and are compensated for their mileage.
When it comes to fuel reimbursement plans, there are many hidden expenses which must be calculated and considered as part of a lifecycle cost of a vehicle.
Onboard driver safety technology is one of the fastest changing aspects of fleet management and it’s affecting everything from accident reconstruction, to insurance rates, to safety policies. Two of the biggest names in vehicle technology are event data recorders and telematics. Knowing what technology is on-board your vehicle and how it can be used with regards to your business is an important aspect of managing a fleet.
If your business has to bid for work, or has project-based vehicle needs, the best way to beat the competition is with lower overhead costs and greater operating efficiencies. One approach to achieve those objectives is to use a truck rental provider to fill your project-based requirements. The question is how to choose between the local provider and a commercial fleet rental company in order to achieve the benefits you know are there.
To lease or to own? This is one of the biggest questions a fleet manager will have to answer, and the decision will have major consequences down the road. Although neither choice is necessarily better or worse than the other, they each come with different benefits. Understanding how leasing and owning work is the key to making an informed decision that best suits your business.