Fleet safety can greatly impact a motor carrier’s success as it can prevent a slew of issues that could put their business in jeopardy. From negative press and reduced trust among clients, to vehicle downtime and a loss in revenue, CMV accidents can create a number of issues.
This goes far beyond just implementing a thorough driver screening program. With a spike in the number of truck accidents and nuclear verdicts, logistics companies are almost always on the losing side. These verdicts are awarding injured parties upward of $10 million in the wake of a truck accident.
These nuclear verdict cases have negatively affected the trucking industry as a whole by causing insurance premiums to skyrocket.
Ways to Improve Fleet Safety
So, you may be wondering, how do I battle the increasing insurance costs and promote safety at my trucking business? Let’s discuss.
Keep Your Files Updated
Failing to keep your driver’s files up-to-date can negatively impact your fleet’s safety rating. The purpose of driver qualification files (DQFs) is to keep updated records pertaining to your driver.
These will normally include the following:
- the driver’s application of employment,
- valid medical card,
- drug and alcohol testing results,
- safety performance history,
- violations, and
- MVR record
Having up-to-date information pertaining to your drivers will lessen the chances of one of them receiving a violation or causing an accident. As a result, making your fleet run more efficiently with fewer drivers being put out of service.
So, keeping your DQFs well managed and regularly updated is essential, as you never know when a roadside inspection may occur.
Automate Your System
Automated systems have become increasingly popular in nearly every industry. As a motor carrier, you must consistently update your driver’s files. Unfortunately, this can be rather difficult if you don’t have the necessary processes in place. An automated system can help you detect issues right away. Therefore, this gives you time to act swiftly and address the problem head-on.
For instance, the system can run MVRs every year and regularly monitor when your drivers’ CDLs expire. If you think this isn’t that important, let us remind you that the most common FMCSA violation is a driver working with an expired or revoked CDL.
An automated system can help stay on top of this information and avoid out-of-service orders, hefty fines, poor safety ratings, and more.
Not prioritizing your fleet’s safety can lead to hefty fines and a damaged reputation. Therefore, fleet safety should be of utmost priority if you wish to run a successful trucking business.
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