Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Along with promoting a culture of safety in general and providing specific ongoing training and feedback on safe driving, a fleet can have a powerful impact on a driver’s safety performance by how its approaches vehicle maintenance. That, in turn, can make the fleet the kind of employer that drivers want to work for and keep working for.

“CSA has increased the need to have more reliable equipment and to make that commitment visible to drivers,” says Mike Spence, senior vice president, fleet services for Fleet Advantage, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which provides financing and cost management to private fleets. “That’s helped lead to shorter trade cycles. It’s a business model based on staying up with technology.

“When we talk with customers that have converted to newer trucks,” he continues, “they report that equipment complaints from drivers have melted away. This approach boosts fuel economy, reduces maintenance expenses and increases the likelihood drivers will stay with the fleet. By keeping CSA scores low, fleets are protecting their drivers, too.”

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