If the vehicle you drive is part of a fleet, your company usually will take full responsibility for all vehicular maintenance. Most companies implement a schedule to help them track maintenance and repairs.
Your decision to monitor your truck’s condition can help you recognize issues that could jeopardize your safety. If you ever recognize anything amiss, report your concerns immediately.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of fatal injuries for workers in the United States. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, vehicular crashes accounted for 24% of work-related fatalities. If you ignore vehicle specs, improperly load your rig or overlook towing requirements, you may substantially increase your risk of injury.
Prior to operating any company-owned vehicle, you should receive clear instructions from your employer regarding vehicle use. They should disclose any restrictions. If you have any confusion, ask for clarification from your employer regarding carrying and towing requirements, as well as operating conditions.
Working consistently with a fleet management company may also help you keep your vehicle in optimal condition. When you have a good relationship with the people who perform routine maintenance or repairs on your vehicle you can play an active role in advocating for your safety.
A poorly maintained vehicle could make your job less efficient. You might face serious safety hazards that could cause you to crash. For example, brake failure or bald tires can compromise stability and safety. Similarly, ignoring a vehicle’s tow capacity could make you lose control. Your vigilance in regularly checking your vehicle for signs of needed maintenance or repairs can keep you safe.