How to keep your fleet safe
When you are a business owner, many responsibilities stop with you. If your fleet is unsafe or a vehicle is involved in an accident, you could be held liable, perhaps even criminally so. Therefore, for this reason, and because it’s the right thing to do, it makes sense to ensure your fleet is kept as safe as possible at all times. Here are some of the ways you can do it.
One of the biggest issues that fleet vehicle drivers face is accidents on the road. When that happens, even if it’s through no fault of their own, that means the vehicle itself could be off the road for some time, and it might even mean injury – or worse – for your employee or a member of the public. This is all very bad for your business.
Therefore, installing collision avoidance technology is a good idea. In this way, you can keep your fleet as safe as possible from one of the biggest issues it will come across. Check out the Mobileye collision avoidance system price to find out more about how to make this change as soon as you can, as it could make a huge difference to your business.
When a driver is using a company vehicle, they may notice that something isn’t quite right. Perhaps an engine warning light has come on, or maybe the car or van just feels wrong when driving – the steering wheel might turn too stiffly, or maybe the tires don’t feel as though they’re connecting properly with the road and so on.
In this case, company policy should dictate that the driver reports the issue immediately. However, it’s then down to the business owner to investigate the problem and repair any issues as soon as possible. This will save the vehicle from being off the road for too long, and it will show that the business is serious about taking care of the fleet – after all, why should employees report problems if nothing is going to be done about it?
Periodic Safety Inspections
You may not be a mechanic, and you might not have any mechanics on your team, but you – or someone within the company – can still carry out periodic safety inspections of fleet vehicles. This could be a monthly task, for example. It would entail the driver bringing the vehicle in to be checked over, and another employee checking to see if any safety lights are on, checking the oil and water levels, checking the tires, and perhaps even the cleanliness of the car.
Alternatively, you could book the vehicle in for a quick safety inspection with a local mechanic. It will depend on how much time you have and how confident you are about checking important safety features. Your company vehicles will need to be serviced regularly, but this would be an additional interim check. Not only will it ensure any problems are picked up, but it will also encourage the drivers to keep an eye on things, as they know there is an inspection once a month.