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the road, and most supervisors do not view fleet management as part of their core responsibility. Company drivers can make poor decisions while driving that lead to near miss incidents or crashes. In each case there is usually no member of the management team that is close enough to the situation to have an immediate impact that could change the outcome. It is up to the company driver to make good decisions and drive his/her vehicle in a manner that is in accordance with company expectations. Good, safe drivers are the key to any successful fleet safety program. In many cases the driver qualification process is often not as detailed as it should be due to either time constraints or the challenge of finding qualified technicians. The best service fleets look at each new recruit as bringing a new member into their family. A quality driver needs to have safe work practices, always remain in control of their vehicle, and be able to travel on very congested roadways. They also work under time constraints from both the company and customers. The first and most critical part of a fleet safety program is to ensure this individual has a relatively safe driving history and can operate the vehicle he is going to be tasked to drive. This includes reviewing an applicant's MVR and conducting a realistic road test. The driver qualification process is the cornerstone of a fleet safety program! After a driver is hired they need to be indoctrinated in how the company wants them to do their job. This includes how to drive the vehicle as well as store any equipment or chemicals in/on the vehicle. There should be some education on defensive driving as well as directions on how to operate the vehicle in either a driver's manual or the operations handbook. They need to know what to do when a problem occurs out on the roadway. They should be taught the first rule of fleet operations-when a problematic situation arises out on the road, a call needs to be made to the supervisor or manager. They should not try to handle an unfamiliar as well as informing management if the driver is problematic. It is best to make a decision about an obviously unsafe driver before they hit something or someone. Management also plays a critical role in fleet safety. They set the tone by creating expectations and enforcing policies. Employees will work to what is required of them, whether that is speed, safety, or always meeting the requests of customers. Regularly explaining how work is supposed to situation that they are not prepared for. While a driver may only have one crash or serious maintenance issue in their career, a member of management for a large fleet has probably dealt with many similar situations on at least a monthly basis. The new driver should also go out with a trainer to ensure that they are comfortable with the vehicle and area where they will be driving. The trainer should also be providing tips on how to drive defensively Serving the Pest Control, Lawn Care, and Golf Course Maintenance Industries since 1985 * Custom Built Application Equipment * Parts, Repairs & Service * Pumps * Spray Guns Florida Sprayers Inc. ORLANDO Phone: 407-704-7951 4045 Forrestal Ave, Orlando 32806 T A M PA 8808 Venture Cove 800-771-5480 Fax 813-985-9142 APOPKA Florida Sprayers 549 W. 13th Street Unit #3 Apopka 32703 www.flsprayers.com www.flpma.org | www.pestperspectives.com 749681_Florida.indd 1 Pest Perspectives 15 27/05/15 12:02 PM http://www.flsprayers.com http://www.flsprayers.com http://www.flpma.org http://www.pestperspectives.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016

Presidential Perspective
FPMA in Paradise 2016 Highlights
Wearable Technology
Drivers and Your Fleet Safety Program
FPMA Corner
Controlling Virus-Spreading Mosquitoes
Operational Excellence
Marketing Matters
Advertiser Index
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - cover1
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - cover2
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 3
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 4
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 5
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Presidential Perspective
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 7
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - FPMA in Paradise 2016 Highlights
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 9
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Wearable Technology
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 12
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Drivers and Your Fleet Safety Program
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 18
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - FPMA Corner
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Controlling Virus-Spreading Mosquitoes
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 22
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Operational Excellence
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 25
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 26
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Marketing Matters
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Advertiser Index
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