Managing a truck fleet can seem like an uphill battle at times. There is a significant amount of pressure that comes along with maintaining a successful fleet. A fleet manager is responsible for selecting/purchasing vehicles, driver management, record keeping, and, of course, vehicle maintenance. It can be challenging to balance your workload while keeping your facility running efficiently. However, there are all sorts of steps you can take to put your fleet on the road to success! Consider the following and start improving your fleet operations today.
Stay Current With Technology
Tremendous advancements are coming out of the transportation industry. Electric cars and trucks are becoming more prevalent and also now relying on alternative fuel sources like ethanol and propane. We should also expect to see autonomous (self-driving) vehicles on the roads in the near future. If you want your fleet to stay competitive in the industry, you need to be willing to change with technology.
For example, dedicated bays and creepers have become a thing of the past. If you haven’t already, it is time to make the switch to mobile column lifts for your fleet. SLEC has been your preferred supplier of mobile column lifts for over 30 years. Our lifts allow you to maximize your shop space by ridding it of unnecessary clutter. Another major benefit is that they can be easily moved from one end of your shop to the other with minimal effort. This gives a technician or a mechanic a tremendous amount of versatility when working on a vehicle. Our lifts come with an Acme threaded screw that will increase safety because it failsafe and won’t slip out of position.
If you are a part of the trucking industry in some capacity, it is crucial that you are willing to embrace change. When it comes to vehicles, be sure to do your research on the newer models to ensure they fit in with your company’s mission. A fleet manager should always stay up-to-date on any changes in the trucking industry.
SLEC Mobile Lifts & Accessories
The following products will make your truck fleet more efficient:
- 12 Type Mobile Column Lifts
- 18 Type Mobile Column Lifts
- Tall & Short Jack Stands
- Transmission Jacks
- Wheel Dolly
- Trailer Cross Beam
Develop A Maintenance Strategy
Fleet managers need to strategize and formulate plans always to ensure their vehicles remain in excellent condition. There are truck fleets that have their own on-site service centers for mechanics to conduct maintenance on vehicles. If your fleet is on the smaller side, it may be more practical to hire another company to service the vehicles of your fleet. However, regardless of who is completing the maintenance, it is critical to be on a precise schedule. You don’t want ever to be in a position where you do not have enough operating vehicles to meet the needs of your company.
Know Your Assets
Fleet managers and vehicle technicians should know their assets inside and out. In addition to knowing your vehicle and supplies inventory, it is also important to completely understand how every vehicle/piece of equipment is used and its specifications. For this reason, be sure to evaluate your fleet’s assets on a periodic basis to stay on top of everything. Also, by doing so, you will learn how to adjust to current industry demands.
Manage Your Drivers
Fleet managers need to be able to effectively communicate with their drivers. Communication is crucial for any truck fleet. If you are a fleet manager and have drivers traveling in all different directions, you always need to be on the same page.It is also imperative that your drivers are reliable individuals who can always be trusted to uphold good driving practices. For example, speeding tickets, accidents, and other fines cost your company money. We are now seeing trucking companies implement electronic logging devices (ELDS). One of the many features of these pieces of technology is they monitor driver history. They will track if a driver is frequently speeding or breaking excessively. Another significant benefit of ELDS is that they are riding the trucking industry of burdensome paper logbooks that many drivers loathe.
Always Stay Green Focused
Is your fleet environmentally conscious? Many fleet managers are surprised to realize that having a green agenda will not only improve your company’s image, but it can also improve the efficiency of your operations. By modernizing your practices, you will be taking steps towards to reducing pollutants to the environment. For example, there are alternative methods for cleaning up oil spills (wet material vacuum cleaners) that are better for the environment than traditional methods (absorbent pads).
SLEC, Inc is Your Preferred Mobile Lift and Accessory Manufacturer
SLEC has been a supplier of heavy duty mobile column lifts and accessories for over 30 years. We are the preferred supplier in the industry because of the high standards we set for ourselves. We go above and beyond to provide excellent service to our customers. We manufacture all our products in the US, and we are BUY American Compliant. Our heavy duty mobile lifts are used in fleet maintenance garages all across the US. Contact us to find how our mobile column lifts and accessories can help your maintenance facility! You can contact us here or call us at 800-826-3486. Also, don’t forget to check out SLEC, Inc. on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.