The Importance of Driver Safety and Preparation — Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers
Fleet safety doesn’t just happen on its own, nor is it the sole responsibility of one person. Maintaining a safe fleet takes teamwork. Owners/Managers as well as drivers have unique roles in ensuring smooth travels. Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers in Brookfield, Wisconsin, is here to partner with you for all your fleet’s mechanical needs. Whether your vehicles need routine maintenance, major repairs, or tires, we’ve got you covered. We’re happy to discuss your requests and develop a plan that’s right for your business and transportation needs.
As an owner or manager, you feel a sense of responsibility to your employees, customers, and the public (as you should) each time one of your vehicles leaves its parking spot. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by that liability, take steps to mitigate risks and ensure that your fleet is as safe as it can be. First, develop written safety protocols. Provide a written copy in each vehicle, and discuss them with your drivers. These should include your expectations for safe driving, a list of procedures if there is an accident, and a policy that encourages drivers to report mechanical issues. If they feel comfortable reporting issues, you’ll learn about small issues before they become major issues. Also, be proactive with vehicle maintenance. Whether you use a written checklist for small groups of autos, a digital or software version for large fleets, or let us do the record keeping for you, a workable system will help you maintain your cars or trucks. They’ll run longer, more economically, and safer. Further, consider any special uses or harsh operating conditions so that you can address the particular needs of your fleet.
If you’re a driver of a fleet vehicle, you play a tremendous part in your own safety and that of others around you. Practice self-discipline. Never drink or use other impairing substances while driving, and guard yourself against distractions (eating, texting, adjusting the radio, etc.). Also, do your part in maintaining the auto. Let your supervisor know if it needs mechanical attention. Wear your seatbelt, don’t drive too fast, and take a rest break if you’re becoming too tired to maintain your focus. Finally, be weather aware and watch for other drivers who may not be as cautious.
Proper Mechanical Care for Your Fleet
Regardless of make, model, or fuel/power source in your fleet, Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers can help you take care of your business transportation. We understand your challenges. After all, we’ve been serving as a family-owned business since 1973.