Two Safety Trends that May Save Your Fleet AND the Lives of Your Drivers

Safety Trends for Fleets & Fleet Drivers


Despite decreased numbers of vehicles on the roads due to lingering effects of a global pandemic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that traffic deaths were up in 2021! A staggering 42,915 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. Commercial fleet management companies are taking these statistics very seriously, and several of the fleet safety trends in 2022 reflect that effort. 

Dash Cams

There are many factors that contribute to the number of traffic deaths, but most boil down to one fact; drivers are distracted. Talking on the telephone, talking to passengers, watching videos, eating and drinking, even drinking alcohol while driving! Installing dash cams in the cabs and additional cameras outside the rig or automobile is one way to beat the collision odds. These are proving to be an inexpensive way to monitor drivers’ behaviors, encouraging their safety and the safety of others on the road.   

Not only is the installation of cameras essential, but the regular review of them is becoming a regular part of drivers’ training. It is quite common for a driver to review a day’s footage and be astonished how distracted he/she is during a drive! Awareness is the first step to change, and cameras are widely becoming accepted as an industry standard.   

While the safety of drivers is of utmost importance, fleets also can take a serious hit when out on the road. Although cargo theft declined slightly in 2021, the loss still amounted to over $57 million dollars!  Fifty-five percent of those thefts involved heavy commercial motor vehicles, so special note should be taken if your fleet helps in this transport. 

Security Systems

No company can afford the losses of theft. Management companies are finding that the investment of excellent tracking devices and services brings peace of mind and quick recovery, should a theft occur. GPS tracking services allow tracking in real time and notify managers via text or email whenever a truck starts to move. If movement is suspicious, an effective GPS security program can even alert authorities immediately.   

In addition to careful tracking, commercial fleets are now incorporating a starter disable function. This technology enables the fleet manager to temporarily disable the starter in a rig and re-enable it when it’s time to move again! With no more fear of theft while sitting at a rest stop or temporarily storing a vehicle, managers can have more control over burglars and ensure that their fleets keep moving on schedule.   

Understanding Commercial Fleet Terminology

Understanding the differences between apportioned license plates and other terms.

Why Apportioned Plates Are Important

Does your organization currently utilize commercial trucks as part of its fleet management strategy? Do your trucks have apportioned license plates? If you’re not familiar with the term “apportioned license plates,” “apportioned registration” or “International Registration Plan” (IRP), then we hope this brief overview helps explain what they are and why they’re important for your fleet.

License Plate Differences

Apportioned license plates, apportioned registration, and International Registration Plan (IRP) are closely related. These designations allow commercial vehicles to operate in two or more jurisdictions. Each state receives a “portion” of the vehicle’s registration fees based on the miles traveled in that particular state. Apportioned plates are license plates issued to commercial vehicles and are affixed to the vehicle. Apportioned registration is the official registration within the state that the fleet is based. The International Registration Plan (IRP) is a federal program and vehicle registration agreement between the states within the United States and the provinces within Canada.

Worry Free Travel with Apportioned Plates

Having apportioned plates is important because it allows your fleet to travel interstate without having to worry about registering in each state or receiving fines for not having appropriate registration.

Worry Free Fleet Management

At ABS Tag and Title, we have all the expertise to keep your fleet appropriately registered, titled and licensed without worry. We stay on top of all your fleet management needs so you can get back to business.

Increase Fleet Productivity

Learn how to increase your fleet of vehicles producitivity

What You Need to Know About Fleet Productivity

Unfortunately, downtime is inevitable when it comes to fleet vehicles whether it’s breakdowns or collisions. When a vehicle is out of service it causes a domino effect; your operations stall, customers become dissatisfied, and your revenue takes a hit. If your company uses a fleet, unplanned and unexpected downtime is not an option. Here is what you need to know about fleet productivity and how to maximize it.

Manage Downtime

Most people associate downtime with maintenance issues and accidents. However, they are many factors that may keep your vehicle out of commission. Some factors are avoidable while other are not like bad weather, vehicle booting, licenses and traffic. Some costs can be immediate, while others affect the budget in the long run. Some expenses caused by downtime can include towing and roadside emergency repair.

When your vehicles are not operating as expected, you won’t be able to transport your experts and tools accordingly, and you will be forced to cancel or reschedule appointments. In the long term, unhappy clients may opt to work with a rival company. Below are tips to help you minimize downtime.

Choose the Right Vehicles

The vehicles you pick for your fleet will determine your fleet productivity. Select vehicles that are specifically built for accomplishing your particular job and avoid overtaxing them; this can lead to issues like wear and tear and increase the need for repairs. If your job involves transporting heavy objects, you will need a vehicle that can handle the cargo. It’s also recommended you pick newer vehicles with the latest technology that reduce maintenance and alert you when problems arise.

Perform Inspections and Maintenance

Fleet inspections are the key to discovering and fixing minor problems before they turn into major ones. Your company should have a fleet inspection program to ensure every vehicle is in good shape; this is not only beneficial but required by law. To reduce downtime, when performing regular maintenance schedule it during off-hours. This will ensure your vehicle isn’t in the auto shop when it should be working in the field.

Minimize Shop Time

The less time your vehicle spends in the repair shop, the more productive your fleet will be. Streamline your maintenance and repair process by scheduling in advance, checking beforehand if parts are available, and working with facilities that utilize the latest technology.

Promote Staff Accountability

Drivers should be accountable for the vehicles they drive. Downtime is significantly reduced when drivers care for the vehicles by properly inspecting them before heading out, observing traffic rules, and taking the vehicle to the auto shop on time. You can start a program to reward your most responsible drivers.

Bottom Line for Increasing Fleet Productivity

If your fleet vehicles come to a standstill so will your business. To minimize downtime and maximize fleet productivity, make sure you lease the right vehicles, perform frequent inspections and maintenance, and promote employee accountability.

To find out more about how our fleet management services can benefit your company, please contact us online or call (877) 914-7973.

Driving While Drowsy

Read about the dangers of driving while drowsy.

Sleep Deprivation is Dangerous for Any Driver

We all know that keeping drivers safe is the key to good fleet management. Sleep deprivation is a risk for any driver who is working long shifts, driving overnight, or simply exhausted. Symptoms of drowsy driving can include having trouble keeping eyes open, drifting from lanes or not remembering the last few miles driven. However, more than half of drivers involved in fatigue-related crashes experienced no symptoms before falling asleep behind the wheel.

A startling 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowsy driving is involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year. And not surprisingly, the less sleep you get beneath the recommended seven hours, the more likely you are to crash.

How to Prevent Your Drivers from Driving While Drowsy

  • Educate on the dangers of driving drowsy
  • Encourage healthy behaviors and a good night’s sleep
  • Allow drivers to pull over and sleep when they feel drowsy
  • Caffeine can be a short boost but is not a cure for sleep deprivation

Remember that driving drowsy doesn’t help anyone. It puts the driver, other drivers and the fleet vehicle all at unnecessary risk. The more education and support for preventing driving while sleepy the safer and more efficient your fleet will be.


Reducing Your Vehicle Fleet Management Costs

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Your Guide to Fleet Management Expenses

Your company owns a fleet of vehicles and runs on a tight, monthly budget. 

If you’re in the fleet management industry, you know how hard it can be to manage a vehicle fleet. You’ve got to make sure that everything is kept in good working order, that the vehicles are fit for purpose, and keep costs down. It’s that last part that often snares people in the world of corporate fleet management. They know their duties but don’t know how to fulfill them cost-effectively.

You’re in luck. We are vehicle experts, it comes with the territory. We’re going to show you the best ways to manage a vehicle fleet while keeping costs low. Are you ready to make your fleet even more efficient? Then keep reading!

Keep an Eye on Your Fleet Size

One of the most crucial elements of truck fleet management is making sure that your fleet is the size it needs to be. Too big, and your fleet will be costing too much. Too small and your duties won’t be getting done as efficiently.

You should analyze each vehicle’s daily workload to find out which ones aren’t being put to their full use. If they’re racking up too much mileage, it could be worth investing in more vehicles.

If you plan to sell your vehicles, keep an eye on the second-hand market and observe price fluctuations. This way, you can sell them for the best price possible. If you’re in corporate fleet management and managing multiple fleets, consider transporting vehicles  between fleets. This way, you can keep each fleet at its optimum size.

Watch Out For Increasing Repair Costs

One of the most important things to look for when managing a vehicle fleet is increasing repair costs. If one of your trucks is costing too much in repairs, it may be time to replace it. You should weigh up the costs of a new truck, minus the resale value of the old one, in comparison to keeping and repairing your old vehicles. If you’d save money, it’s time to sell the old vehicle and buy a new one.

The best way to keep maintenance costs down is through proactive repairs. Don’t wait until something breaks to get it fixed. Carry out regular inspections on your trucks and ask your drivers to report any small issues as soon as possible. If you repair these issues while they’re still minor, they won’t turn into more costly issues.

Make Trips as Efficient as Possible

One thing that’s a common cause for concern across all vehicle fleets is inefficient route planning. This is a scourge for company vehicles and not only because inefficient routes use more fuel. If a vehicle has to travel more miles than is necessary, tires wear down quicker. This affects handling, safety, and, obviously, tire costs.

So how do you combat this inefficiency? The best way is through telematics. UPS gathered telemetry from their vehicles and used it to save huge amounts of money. You could also use GPS trackers: plot your trucks’ journeys against Google Maps. Then put these routes under the microscope. Is there anywhere that the routes cross over or where one goes miles out of the way?

If there are, consider combining routes or cutting routes entirely. You’ll find that no matter how well-planned you think your routes are, there will be ways to make them better.

Consider Alternative Fuels For Your Vehicle Fleet

Gasoline and diesel are the most common fuels for commercial vehicles. This isn’t a huge surprise, but they aren’t necessarily the most efficient fuels that you could be using.

Great strides have been made in the fields of alternative fuels and your vehicle fleet could take advantage of them! While electric trucks are still a rarity, there are greener and cheaper alternatives that may be supported in your area. Some of these are propane autogas, natural gas, and liquid petroleum gas. While the availability of these fuels varies from region to region, they do tend to offer improved costs.

If they’re not available in your region, your priority should be to get as good fuel economy as you can. For example, you could replace engines in your fleet with more fuel-efficient blocks. You could also use your telemetry to watch for driver habits that decrease mpg, like hard acceleration or excessive idling.

Get Great Resale Values

One of the best ways to make money back on your vehicle fleet is to sell your vehicles to your employees. Depending on the industry, businesses typically sell 10-20 percent of their vehicles to their employees. There are a lot of ways to improve resale value. One of these is by limiting the number of cosmetic, non-essential repairs that your employer carries out on your trucks. This will eat into the resale value.

You can also improve the odds of reselling your vehicles to your employees by picking the right colors for your commercial vehicles. White is a particularly good bet.  If you sell the vehicles on to employees, your drivers will also take better care of the vehicles. You’ll also get the money for the truck faster.

Consider Buying Used Vehicles

Vehicle acquisition can be one of the most expensive parts of corporate fleet management. There are ways to cut down on these costs and one of the best ways is to consider buying used trucks. 

Trucks tend to depreciate faster than cars, so you shouldn’t have to look far to get a great deal. If the truck has been well cared for, you shouldn’t worry about high mileage, either. Mileage matters less than age and maintenance status.

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