It’s not easy to be involved in transportation. It is logistically hard work. It can be expensive. The biggest aspect, however, is making sure that your drivers and other people are on the road aren’t put in harm’s way due to your trucks. As such, your priority should always be to ensure that everything is working exactly as it should, and that any issues are dealt with as soon as possible. To help you along the right path toward transportation safety, we’ve put together some useful tips. Check them out below.
Invest in the Best
Now, we know that you’re a business and that, as such, your objective is to make money. But while there some areas of business where you can cut corners, your trucks are most definitely not one of those areas. They’re going to be on the road for a long time, and if you’ve bought the cheapest ones you could find, they’ll be breaking down all too often. This won’t just result in expensive recoveries and repair; it’ll also be putting your driver and others in danger. While you don’t need to have luxury trucks, they should be fully roadworthy and modern.
Of course, even if you buy the best vehicles you can afford, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to work perfectly all the time. Everything has issues, no matter how good it might be when everything’s working properly. Have a system in place whereby your vehicles are receiving maintenance from a professional. It’ll help flag up any potential issues before they become dangerous, so you can have them taken care of before it’s too late.
But of course, by far the biggest cause of accidents on the road is human error. If you’re driving for many hours at a time, or you’re not completely familiar with the vehicle, then you’ll be greatly increasing your chances of having an accident. And that idea extends to professional drivers, too. Have your driver’s take a look at a truck accident guide; it’ll show the various ways in which accidents can happen. If your driving staff is well trained and fully understand the dangers of the road, then there’ll be much less likely to be involved in an accident: it’s as simple as that!
You can’t always keep an eye on how well your drivers are transporting their load. But you can use data to improve your driving practices. If you install a device onto the vehicle that tracks speed, length of time driving, and so on, you’ll soon have an array of data that can pinpoint at what stage there is an increased chance of an accident.
Feedback from Others
Finally, don’t forget that other drivers can be another set of eyes on your drivers. Attach a phone number on the back of the truck, along with a ‘how am I driving?’ sticker, and you’ll be informed by other drivers when it seems that your driver isn’t driving as well as he or she should be.