Avoid the ‘If-it-Fits-it-Ships’ Trap
Without proper monitoring and training, drivers often assume that if there is space inside the van or box truck or on top of a flatbed, then it is ok to fill the space regardless of the weight of the cargo. Not only do overloaded vehicles put drivers and the public in greater danger of accidents–which increases employers’ exposure to lawsuits and public fallout–they will more likely increase the fleet’s maintenance costs.
ARI’s Mike Sturges, regional truck manager, shares a story in this Work Truck article about a fleet client that began experiencing premature maintenance issues as a result of overloading. After ARI conducted an onsite inspection of the client’s trucks and the drivers’ practices for loading them, ARI recommended a specification change. The fleet implemented Sturges’ advice, but unfortunately, old habits die hard, and the drivers’ resumed their bad practice of overloading, which again raised the fleet’s maintenance costs.
To read the article and Sturges’ full advice for payload best practices, click here.