All fleet operations from fire/rescue, school bus/transit, and commercial although different have the same end goal – to operate in a safe, timely, and efficient manner. The responsibility to ensure this happens falls on the shoulders of the fleet manager. Read more.
It is important to understand that Onspot is not a one-size-fits-all product due to the variety of vehicles used across a multitude of industries. More importantly for a fleet manager and it cannot be emphasized enough, one cannot assume that “sister chassis” are identical so measurement of every truck is highly recommended.
As a fleet manager, running a cost effective and efficient fleet safely is paramount to its success. This is a challenge that must be faced and overcome on a daily basis. When presented with any number of external forces out of the control of the fleet operator, then this process becomes even more difficult. The ability to run a fleet in inclement weather mainly snow and ice conditions is one such challenge.
When it comes to the Onspot automatic tire chain system there are many advantages. Through the simple push of a dashboard switch the chain wheels are engaged providing the driver with traction on snow and ice. It is not necessary for the driver to get out of the vehicle and manually strap chains on the tires. The driver can stay in the cab of the vehicle, avoiding the harsh winter conditions, the dangers of chaining up on the side of the road, and the overall physical exertion associated with conventional chains. This is all well and good for the driver.
The wait is over and the Onspot automatic tire chain system has arrived. Soon traction on snow and ice will be as simple as flipping a dashboard mounted switch. Gone are the days of having to get out in inclement weather and manually “throw iron”. This is a tremendous benefit for any driver, but what about the mechanic?
The school bus of today has come a long way from buses of the past. A whole host of features ranging from tracking equipment, on board cameras, and seat belts are just a few features that can be found inside its signature yellow exterior. This technology is designed to improve both driver function and student safety. Rightfully so as thousands of these vehicles carry students of all ages from home to school and back again.
By now most drivers that have vehicles equipped with the Onspots have had the opportunity to use the system this year. Winter weather conditions have already hit in many areas of the world adding to an already demanding position for commercial drivers.
My position as Western Regional Sales Manager for Onspot gives me the opportunity to meet with fleet managers in my territory. Whether I am at a trade show or at the customers location providing training or a fleet review these individuals always talk about challenges that come up and how they are resolved.
School may be out for the summer but this time of the year is still a busy one for the majority of bus drivers and fleet directors. There are several state and local conferences drivers attend that offer the latest information, insights, and training on a wide range of topics. Some conferences even offer a bus "Roadeo" where drivers can put their skills to the test. This is also a time when many school districts re-focus their attention on the previous school year.