Essential Fleet Maintenance Strategies

Seward Motor Freight, a family-owned truckload carrier, delivers freight to the Southeast, South, Midwest, and East Coast of the United States. Established in the early 1940s, Seward Motor Freight was formed to transport cargo between Omaha and Seward, Nebraska, and has operated its own fleet maintenance facility since 1985. The more effective a company’s fleet functions, the better it operates, hence the need for a strategic fleet maintenance policy.

An important strategy is selecting a fleet tracking system that is customized to your operation. A fleet tracking system is software that allows you to track driver locations to ensure they maintain the same productivity standard, including monitoring speed violations, mileage, and vehicle maintenance, and is tailored to a company’s needs. Features can include the ability to track orders in real-time for all the parties involved, including those throughout the supply chain.

Another fleet maintenance strategy concerned companies may adopt is changing the policy that allows the use of fleet vehicles overnight for workers who need to go directly to worksites or other locations. As convenient as this policy may be for employees and the company, there are factors to consider, despite its time-saving advantage. Factors like after-hours usage, liability, employees’ geography, and benefits should all be considered. Consider running a cost-benefit analysis to help you determine if allowing the use of vehicles for after-work purposes is a logical or emotional choice.

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