It’s been a turbulent year for many businesses, with Covid-19 affecting the fleet industry in ways never seen before. Now, with the pandemic firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to prepare for your fleet to be at full capacity again.
Here are our tips for keeping the health and safety of your assets and drivers in top condition.
Keep your workers safe
With workers sharing spaces and using shared assets, it’s vital that you implement proper health and safety protocols in line with the government’s advice.
Following new rules such as physical distancing can make business less efficient if your don’t have a solid strategy in place. Reduce disruption to your business and keep things running efficiently by considering things like risk assessments, sanitising vehicles and providing appropriate PPE.
Find out more about the government’s Covid workplace advice on its official website.
Make sure your assets are always ready
The pressure for fleet managers to reduce costs and keep assets in a safe, useable condition is at an all-time high. From delivery vehicles and company cars to heavy machinery and other vital equipment, many of your assets may have been out of action over the past year.
Scheduling regular maintenance checks and ensuring vehicles have had batteries, tyres and fluid levels checked before they’re set to be used again will go a long way to prevent issues further down the line.
Prepare your drivers
If your employees have been working from home, it’s well worth taking some time to make sure they’re ready to work at full capacity again.
Keep everything running smoothly by checking if you need to refresh any driver training with your workers and making sure they’re fully informed about workplace health and safety protocols.
It’s also important to make it clear to your workers that they must stay at home if they feel unwell.
Bear in mind that there will be more potential for drivers to take time off, whether that’s for their Covid vaccinations or for self-isolation. So it’s a good idea to plan ahead to ensure you have enough drivers to cover shifts for those who are unable to work.
Consider road safety
With a shift towards online shopping over the past 12-months, there’s more traffic around than ever before.
With this increased volume comes an increased potential for accidents. Ensuring your drivers are up to date with any safety training and keeping assets well maintained is vital to help avoid this. It’s also worth considering what travel is essential, to make sure you’re only sending drivers out when you absolutely need to.
Remind your drivers to take regular breaks when they’re on the road to avoid them becoming tired or distracted while they’re working, especially while they’re getting back into their working routine.
Following these tips will help you to get your fleet ready for a busy year ahead.