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The overwhelming majority of drivers want to do what’s right for the company; however, just because your company implements a written fleet policy doesn’t mean drivers are following it. A common problem is the fleet manager communicates policy to the drivers’ managers, but the word doesn’t get down to the individual drivers. How do you increase driver compliance with fleet policy? Here are 10 suggestions.

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Do Your Drivers Know their Company Vehicle is not Equipped with a Spare Tire?

As a fleet manager, it is your responsibility to let drivers know their company vehicle is not equipped with a spare tire. The danger is many drivers do not know their vehicle doesn’t have a spare – until they need it. Drivers often say they were never told their new company vehicle didn’t come with a spare. Approximately 36 percent of model-year 2015 vehicles were not equipped with a spare tire. This compares to 5 percent in 2006.

Fleet’s Scope of Responsibilities Grows Increasingly Fuzzy

At one time, the scope of the fleet department’s responsibilities was crystal clear. However, over time these demarcation lines have shifted and departmental boundaries separating them have become fuzzy. Now, collaboration with sourcing, legal, HR, finance, sales, service, and environmental, health & safety (EHS) is needed, often requiring approvals or buy-in from individual departments. There is only one strategy fleet managers can adopt in this new world of fleet management and here it is.

The Most Important Function of Fleet Management is Saving Lives

The hard reality is that many senior managers do not consistently view fleet safety as a top priority. I know many will disagree with me and say fleet safety is, indeed, a top concern, but when you talk with suppliers of fleet safety programs and related services, they point out that the “talk” often does not translate into action.

Making a Real Difference

A great deal of our attendance this year was made up of risk and environmental, health & safety (EH&S) professionals from Fortune 500 companies. I hope that, as time goes by, we'll grow our fleet professional attendance as more and more of you realize that safety is an area where you can truly make a difference and even save lives.

Implementing a Single Strategy to Improve Driver Safety and Lower Fuel Spend

Driver safety and the reduction of fuel consumption are not mutually exclusive goals. There are many similarities between fuel-efficient driving techniques and safe driving techniques. In fact, there’s a direct correlation between safe driving and fuel efficiency. It’s been proven: the safer the driver, the higher the miles per gallon.

DriveCam Success Stories: Amerigas Propane

The DriveCam Program gives AmeriGas insight into what the drivers are doing, including incidents where seat belt coaching helped to prevent accidents with drivers that might have resulted in significant injury or death. This video is sponsored by Lytx.

2014 Cadillac ELR Gets Noise-Cancelling Tech

General Motors' 2014 Cadillac ELR (Extended Range Electric) luxury coupe will arrive with sound-neutralizing technology that tunes out background noise when the car switches from the electric motor to the gas motor.