Important Safety Considerations You Need To Know To Protect Your Drivers

Important Safety Considerations You Need To Know To Protect Your Drivers

Important Safety Considerations You Need To Know To Protect Your Drivers DThe past couple of years have seen an incredible increase in demand for commercial transportation services. This demand shows no sign of easing as 2021 rolls into the rearview mirror. Are your fleet vehicle drivers ready to hit the road? It’s an important question that every fleet vehicle manager needs to ask before sending drivers on runs. Answering it can mean the difference between a safe trip or an accident report. At Central Power Systems & Services, we know that the following safety considerations are crucial for keeping your drivers safe and your vehicles out of harm’s way. Are Your Drivers Properly Trained and Up-To-Date? If you are like many fleet vehicle operators, you have a mix of drivers. Some have decades of experience, while others are fresh out of school, eager to use their newly minted CDL’s. Regardless of experience level, make sure to regularly test your driver’s knowledge and invest in continued education. Reinforcing their existing knowledge, filling in gaps, updating their knowledge with regulatory changes, etc., will help ensure that your drivers are ready to go. The more they know, the less risk of hefty fines, traffic tickets, and repair bills weighing down your bottom line. Are You Leveraging Your Personnel? You are missing a golden opportunity if you are not pairing your new drivers with your experienced drivers. Experienced drivers are a wealth of practical information that new drivers can use to improve their performance and ability to transport loads safely. In addition, as peers, these drivers can mentor new drivers. In the process, you will boost their confidence and enhance their ability to find solutions to everything from route changes to maintenance issues. Are Your Vehicles Properly Outfitted? Confirm your vehicles are equipped with all the safety equipment drivers may need when they are out on the road. This includes emergency roadside kits, First Aid kits, chains, lights, radios, GPS, extra fluids, tools, and other safety gear they may need to get out of a jam. In addition, make sure your vehicles are equipped for the conditions along the route, especially if any part of the route traverses mountain roads, desert highways, or other areas where problems mean help could be hours away. Are Your Vehicles Properly Maintained? If your fleet is behind on maintenance, this is a problem you want to address immediately. Bald tires, tired engines, worn-out transmissions, and leaky brake lines can easily leave a vehicle stranded on the side of the road. Performing a thorough audit of your fleet’s condition can help you identify critical issues in your maintenance regimen. The data you gather can be used to identify deficiencies in your maintenance regimen and allow you to streamline maintenance processes. It may also shed light on how your drivers are driving your vehicles, allowing you to update training procedures and operational protocols to protect your fleet from further problems. Are Your Routes/Clients Changing? If your business isn’t evolving, it’s standing still. The past couple of years have seen an incredible increase in demand for commercial transportation services. This demand shows no sign of easing as 2021 rolls into the rearview mirror. It’s likely your fleet has shifted operations, most probably picking up new routes and clients along the way. Making sure your drivers know how to transport the new cargo, drive the new routes, and handle any new vehicles you’ve purchased is essential for the future of your business. When you are searching for ways to enhance the safety of your fleet, contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070. We are pleased to tell you what works, what doesn’t, and what’s worth considering as your fleet evolves to handle the ever-changing conditions your drivers face every time they get behind the wheel.
Fleet Maintenance Tips for Longer Fleet Life

Fleet Maintenance Tips for Longer Fleet Life

Fleet Maintenance Tips for Longer Fleet Life Staying on top of fleet maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicles on the road and out of the repair bay. Your fleet vehicles are an expensive investment. Every moment your vehicles are in the shop or on the side of the road is a moment you’re not generating revenue. Staying on top of fleet maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicles on the road and out of the repair bay. Keeping up with maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore you dread, and the following tips are well worth implementing, as they will keep your vehicles rolling in the right direction. Invest in Preventative Maintenance Oil changes, tire rotations, tire inspections, engine tune-ups, and brake replacements are not cheap. Multiply them across an entire fleet, and the cost can seem overwhelming. It’s understandable to be leery of these expenses. If you don’t want to spend the money, add up the potential cost of losing insurance coverage, paying regulatory fines, lost business, and potential lawsuits. You’ll see that investing in preventative maintenance is both penny wise and pound smart. Outfit Your Vehicles Properly Are your vehicles equipped with the proper tires, coolant, oil, lights, and safety equipment required for their operational conditions? Make sure your fleet vehicles are properly outfitted for the climate, geography, and load handling they perform. This will reduce wear and tear and reduce the possibility of unexpected breakdowns. Train Your Drivers No driver should ever head down the road until they have a thorough understanding of their fleet vehicle. Not only should drivers know your company policies inside and out, they should also know how to recognize signs of trouble with their vehicle and demonstrate proficiency in performing basic maintenance tasks. Inspect Each Vehicle After Every Trip Whether it’s 50 miles across the county or 1000 miles across the country, you should thoroughly inspect each vehicle after every trip. Record any damage to the vehicle and address any performance issues the driver noted during the journey. Often, small problems, such as a wobbly wheel, loss of engine power, non-responsive electronics, etc., are harbingers of larger problems brewing up. Know Your Fleet If you have the same vehicles in your fleet, you are going to have the same types of problems. The closer you track problems with tires, engines, transmissions, etc., the easier it is to prepare your mechanics with the tools and replacement parts they need to keep the fleet operational. Streamline Roles and Procedures Make sure you have the right people in the right roles to manage fleet maintenance. At a minimum, you should have a fleet maintenance inspector whose sole job is to oversee the readiness of your fleet and review the data within your fleet management system. Moreover, you will also want to streamline the processes and paperwork required for drivers to submit deficiency summaries and maintenance requests through the fleet management system. Again, the easier it is, the faster critical maintenance issues can be addressed. Divest Your Fleet of Duds Some vehicles are not worth the effort to maintain. When your older or high mileage vehicles reach the end of the road, don’t hesitate to remove them from the rotation. When the cost of ownership exceeds the revenue the vehicle is generating; it’s time to send it to the auction house. Our emergency roadside teams are always standing by, waiting for your call. It’s a call we never want to receive, but we know that every fleet vehicle operator will need to pick up the phone at some point. When that day comes, contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070, and we will dispatch our nearest roadside assistance truck to your stranded vehicle.
Our On-Highway Services Are There When You Need Them Most

Our On-Highway Services Are There When You Need Them Most

Our On-Highway Services Are There When You Need Them Most We have more than 100 service vehicles within our network, and each can maintain and repair your truck. We can service any make or model and any problem you may have.

Time waits for no one, and at Central Power Systems & Services we understand that everything stops when you stop. Whether you are an owner operator, fleet manager or just driving your R.V. across country down time carries an impact on your life. As part of the Central Power Systems & Services On-Highway Division, we are here to support you with quick response, accurate diagnosis and through repairs to ensure you get back on the road and your life back under way.

Full-Service Repairs, Day or Night

Our network stretches all across the country, but our On-Highway Division focuses right here in the heart of the Midwest. We have you covered through Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma with more than 10 locations and 100 service trucks that are all fully equipped to reach your needs whether on a major highway or a country back-road. We will respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, rain or shine you can count on us.

Our repair vehicles are equipped with a wide array of diagnostic tools operated by an expert certified technician capable of diagnosing the problem and applying the necessary repair. If the vehicle cannot be repaired in-situ, our repair vehicles can tow it to the nearest repair facility.

Any Vehicle, Any Problem, Is No Problem for Our Team

We have more than 100 service vehicles within our network, and each can maintain and repair your truck. We can service any make or model and any problem you may have. This includes Detroit Diesel Engines, Allison Transmissions, or any make or model such as Freightliner, Western Star, International, PACCAR, or Volvo trucks.

Although we partner with Daimler Trucks North America (Freightlier), Detroit Diesel engines and Allison Transmission, our On-Highway Division is equipped to work with All-Makes and All-Models, we ensure we have the latest technology and the best tools in the hands of our factory trained technicians.

With our highly qualified staff, we can:

  • Overhaul, your engines and transmissions
  • Diagnose and repair aftertreatment systems
  • Fix air leaks
  • Change your brakes
  • Diagnose and repair electrical faults
  • Repair malfunctioning cooling systems
  • Adjust or replace your clutch
  • Seal oil leaks
  • And more!

Mobile Maintenance When and Where You Need It

Preventative maintenance is always better than last-minute repairs. But, it takes time to return a vehicle to home base. That’s valuable time wasted for paying clients. Our mobile repair services make it easy to stay on top of regular maintenance without the need to take the vehicle out of service.

We can arrange a maintenance appointment to your vehicle’s present position at the nearest, most convenient location. This reduces downtime and allows you to keep your schedule on track. It also reduces long-term repair costs and minimizes the potential for sudden, unexpected breakdowns.

We provide thorough documentation of the services performed and the condition of the vehicle. In addition, we help identify, troubleshoot, and track issues so that you can take action to protect your vehicle from damage, and your business from delays.

Our Clients

Our clients include owner-operators and large fleets. We serve the needs of local, regional, and over-the-road drivers operating:

  • Freight Haulers
  • Utility Vehicles
  • Refuse Trucks
  • Delivery Trucks
  • Auto Haulers
  • School Buses
  • And More!

We encourage you to contact Central Power Systems & Services to schedule maintenance or repairs on your truck. We will take down your information and dispatch the nearest available service vehicle.

Central Power Systems & Services
Since 1954, Central Power Systems & Services has been providing partners with the highest level of support. No matter the situation, we have solutions for Power Generation, Power Distribution, Industrial Engines, Construction and Agricultural Equipment, Custom Manufactured Projects and On-Highway Transportation Service.
Central Power Systems & Services
Since 1954, Central Power Systems & Services has been providing partners with the highest level of support. No matter the situation, we have solutions for Power Generation, Power Distribution, Industrial Engines, Construction and Agricultural Equipment, Custom Manufactured Projects and On-Highway Transportation Service.
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