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Letter from the Editor
In the past few years, we’ve faced a number of challenges that have required us all to increase our focus on safety. At Shell, everything we do is unpinned by our core values of honesty, integrity, respect, and our priority commitment to safety. Our Goal Zero ambition focuses on people, processes and transport. We set consistent high standards and continue to raise that bar every day to drive a culture of safety.
There are always more things we can do to improve our focus on safety, such as including a safety moment at the beginning of every meeting, intervening in unsafe practices to avoid incidents, and leveraging technology to increase safety awareness. Fleets and drivers alike are also prioritizing safety, and with more advanced technologies, it is easier for drivers to avoid safety incidents. Data is also driving efficiencies and safety prevention – using data effectively can help fleet managers monitor driver behavior and use coaching to help keep drivers safe. When data is properly integrated into your operations, it can help increase awareness for safety and open up even more opportunities to prevent unsafe practices and avoid costly accidents.
As you work toward your safety goals for 2022, we hope you’ll remember Shell Fleet Solutions as a valued partner who can support you and help you continue to evolve your business.
Vice President and General Manager, Fleet Solutions North America, Shell
Safety Spotlight: National Car Care Month – Safety Tip on Bad Tires
April is National Car Care Month! As winter comes to an end, it is important to ensure fleets are prepared for spring driving after those cold, wintery months. Make sure your tires, brakes and windshield wipers are ready for the rain, and take care of any issues that may have occurred during winter.
Tires are especially important to check – some 11,000 accidents occur every year due to bad tires, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Moreover, dangerous driving on worn tires from winter conditions is one of the most common causes for vehicle collisions, so now is a good time to remind your drivers how to properly and safely change a tire.
Here are some tips to remember when changing a tire:
- Before hitting the road, ensure you have a properly-sized jack and spare tire (or donut) in your vehicle.
- Pull over to the side of the road. Pay attention to your surroundings, including oncoming traffic, the side of the road and lighting.
- Turn on your hazard lights and apply the parking brake to keep yourself and others safe. Use flares as well if you have them.
- Even if you already know how to change a tire, read and follow the instructions from your vehicle’s manual to make sure you are properly installing the new tire.
- If you are having difficulty changing the tire yourself, call a tow truck or roadside assistance.
Keep your fleet safe on the road this spring and ensure your tires on your fleet vehicles aren’t worn or underinflated. Click here to learn more about how mobile services from providers like Spiffy - featured in the Shell Fleet Maintenance Hub - can help keep your fleet safe and moving.
As we head into 2022 full swing, now is a great time for fleets to do some spring cleaning of their own and be reminded of overlooked maintenance items to redirect attention to. When it comes to light-duty trucks, the most overlooked maintenance-related items include coolant hoses, battery testing, and brake pad thickness where pads are not visible. For medium-duty trucks, the most overlooked maintenance-related items are diesel exhaust fluid levels, radar and collision avoidance assemblies and dashboard warning lights. Here’s what you need to know about each.
Automotive Fleet: Top Overlooked Maintenance Tips
Rules, policies, and procedures are not “safety.” Safety and accident prevention come down to human behaviors. After all, rules won’t always stop drivers from making unsafe choices. That’s why it is important for a company that puts non-CDL or light-duty vehicle drivers on the road to have an explicit fleet safety policy to protect you from litigation and set the standard in place for your employees. Here’s why a fleet safety program is so essential, and the four fleet safety policies you should implement.
Business Fleet: 4 Policies Every Fleet Safety Program Should Have
Fleet accidents can be costly. It’s hard to imagine a minor accident costing you tens of thousands of dollars, especially if you aren’t fined. In reality, it is very possible because there are both direct and indirect costs to accidents. Direct costs of accidents are what you pay immediately. Indirect costs are the ones that sneak up on you. Here are examples of each and how to prioritize safety to prevent accidents.
Business Fleet: Identifying Direct and Indirect Costs of Fleet Accidents
As we transition from winter into spring, safety and ensuring your fleet is prepared for increased driving are at the forefront of fleet owners’ and managers’ minds. Take the time now to conduct maintenance on your vehicles so they are in top shape to perform well. Don’t forget that Shell Fleet Maintenance Hub can help you schedule, track, approve work, and pay all through one simple dashboard. Shell Fleet Maintenance Hub customers saved 26%*.
* Based on a national survey conducted by CarAdvise LLC in 2017. Shell Fleet Maintenance Hub has pre-negotiated discounts off of retail prices on both common maintenance services and labor rates. The typical customer can expect to see an average annual savings of 26% off of standard retail pricing when they book through Shell Fleet Maintenance Hub’s platform. Final savings depend on the type of services performed, vehicle type, shop brand and regionality.
Request a demo today to see how Shell Fleet Maintenance Hub can help you manage and save on fleet maintenance.
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