A primary duty in most management positions is controlling costs. For a beverage fleet manager, this can be a tough task. It’s definitely possible to incrementally control costs by getting the most longevity out of trucks and tires as well as getting the most distance out of a gallon of fuel. But most areas of potential cost control in a beverage fleet amount to a game of inches, not yards. Ultimately, moving a given weight and volume over a fixed distance doesn’t afford many opportunities to make a wholesale reduction in costs.
One area where fleet costs can and should be significantly reduced, if not eliminated, is vehicular accidents. At first glance, reducing the cost and frequency of accidents might seem to strictly be a matter of driver training and incentives, but in reality, there are many ways a manager can reduce or eliminate the potential for accidents before a driver ever gets behind the wheel.