Using a route optimization system like Routeique is an essential part of reducing your delivery costs, but there are things your drivers can do while driving to help reduce costs even further. As trucks become more integrated into the Internet of Things (IoT), businesses have the potential to track the driving habits of their drivers to help ensure that drivers are managing the trucks in such as way that reduces maintenance costs while improving safety of the delivery. It is also important to remember that regular preventative maintenance for fleet vehicles is cheaper and safer than waiting for a vehicle to stop working before repairing it. By ensuring that vehicles are in the best condition possible, business owners can ensure that drivers have the right equipment to complete deliveries in the most efficient manner possible. Here are a few driver habits that can help to reduce costs for your business:
Fill It Up
A long route can sometimes mean that trucks are driving with low fuel levels, but frequently driving with low fuel actually causes stress on the fuel pump. This increased stress can mean that parts of the vehicle require maintenance or replacement sooner than would normally be the case. By ensuring that the vehicle is filled with adequate fuel, you can reduce the stress to the fuel pump and help to eliminate unnecessary vehicle maintenance costs.
Apply the Parking Brake
The parking brake exists to secure the vehicle in park and take the stress off the brakes and rotors. When the parking brake is ignored, the entirety of the vehicle weight is placed on the brakes, which can cause faster wear to these parts requiring earlier maintenance. By applying the parking brake consistently, and especially on inclines, drivers can help to reduce wear to the brakes and ensure that the brakes are operating at peak safety and reduce how often they are to be replaced.
A common habit of most drivers, including commercial drivers, it to switch between reverse and drive too quickly. If the vehicle is still moving this switch can cause unnecessary stress on the transmission and drivetrain, which are both expensive parts to replace if they wear out. Instead, drivers should ensure the vehicle reaches a full stop prior to switching from reverse to drive, or vice versa. This way, the transmission and drive train remain in optimal condition as long as possible.