Safety and Efficiency: A Fine Balance
Thursday, September 29, 2016
In the trucking industry there’s incredible pressure on both sides of this coin: companies and their customers want goods delivered yesterday; the driving public and the truckers themselves want safety on our public roadways.
In every industry that carries heavy risks simply by coming to work, safety is a hot topic. Managers and company owners are required to put safety at the top of their priority list. But there’s another factor that weighs on the minds of any executive: efficiency. The true skill in successfully managing a trucking fleet is to promote both safety and efficiency in equal measure.
In recent years the government has attempted to create increased safety on the roads by instituting maximum speed limits for heavy vehicles and mandatory ELDs but many feel this does nothing for safety while it hinders productivity.
Many truckers and fleet management companies are in favor of better infrastructure, such as dedicated lanes, for improving public and driver safety. Properly regulated equipment is also cited as a necessary component to safe travel for truckers across our country.
Another tactic to improving safety while maintaining or even increasing efficiency is driver training. It’s important for all truck drivers to follow safety guidelines about operating their vehicles safely and not allowing themselves to get overtired while on the road.
Whenever the economy is on an upswing, as it has been for the last eight years, more freight will be moved and the potential for more accidents increases. With more cars and trucks on the road, it’s key that everyone keep safety and efficiency in proper balance.
We safety and efficiency very seriously. When you work with Gateway Distribution, you’ll get the very best service, equipment, and facilities. We like to create partnerships that benefit everyone, but especially our clients. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you.