Letter from the Editor

Andrea Brecka

As we arrive at the halfway point of 2022, let’s take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come in the past six months. Fleets bravely combatted existing obstacles including two years of a global pandemic. This year, we faced new obstacles including record-high fuel prices, sustained supply chain disruption, microchip shortages, delivery delays and higher prices for raw materials.

We find ourselves at a critical intersection as challenges have shined a light on the need for the industry to innovate and put safety, efficiency, sustainability, and evolution at the forefront of fleet operations.

In the face of uncontrollable external factors, I encourage today’s fleet managers to drive operational efficiency by doubling down on the areas of the business you can control. We know the pressure you are under to control costs and run a secure operation, so at Shell Fleet Solutions, we make it simple to stay on top of where and when your money is spent.

In this edition, we discuss how safe driving not only protects drivers, but it is also an effective cost saver. Simple ways to improve safety and cut down on distracted driving, impaired driving, while practicing defensive driving will reduce accidents, injuries, lost hours, and legal fees.

We continue to develop our line of solutions to provide exceptional service and simplify the lives of customers while harnessing the power of Shell’s global network. In addition to the network of fueling stations, fuel payment card portfolio, telematics, and maintenance plans, we now offer fleets a suite of EV charging solutions, Shell Recharge Solutions, delivered through a unified Shell brand experience.

As electrification becomes more widely adopted, transforming the future of commercial vehicles, our priority is to provide mobility solutions that make fleet management secure, convenient, productive and sustainable for all types of vehicles. Thank you for trusting us to help keep your fleet moving.

Andrea Brecka
Vice President and General Manager, Fleet Solutions North America, Shell

Cars driving on highway in Permian Basin, West Texas

Safety Spotlight: Avoiding Common Accidents

Summer is the season for traffic accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With more cars on the road, it is important to avoid any costly accidents. If you want to prevent wrecks, injuries, and cost of loss, consider implementing plans and procedures that tackle these four major risks when you or your drivers are on the road this summer.

  1. Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents and often leads to more serious accidents. To combat this, educate your drivers on the dangers of distracted driving, train your drivers to be attentive behind the wheel and hire safety-conscious employees.
  2. OSHA lists impaired driving or drunk driving as a top five cause of accidents. Substances such as alcohol and other depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opiates greatly increase a driver’s risk of collision. Proper drug testing, implementing a zero-tolerance policy and practicing due diligence during the hiring process can help prevent impaired driving.
  3. Failure to maintain a safe following distance is another major risk and leading cause of accidents. Drivers must ensure they leave enough room in front of them to avoid rear-end collisions and serious accidents.
  4. Intersections are actually a very dangerous driving environment. Unsafe driving at intersections increases drivers’ risk of these collisions:
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Sideswipes
  • Fixed object strikes
  • T-bone accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Pedestrian and cyclist collisions

Implementing an online defensive driving program can help reduce your accidents and cost of loss. Keep your drivers and fleet safe on the road this summer. When drivers don’t prioritize defensive driving, they put themselves and your company at risk – luckily, accidents can be prevented if fleets invest in safety properly. Click here to learn more about how to keep drivers safe by managing working hours, improving schedules, and monitoring driving behavior with Shell Telematics

Source: Reduce Accidents by Avoiding 4 Common Roadway Hazards

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