Why Clean Cabs Are Good Fleet Management

Posted by Skye Robinson | May 13, 2016 | blog, Newsletter

Let’s get straight to the point: Mess causes stress. And the sleeper cabs of long haul truckers can be some of the messiest, dirtiest work places you can find. These drivers are spending days or even weeks on the road, doing all of their living out of the sleeper cab. Of course, dirt will be an issue.

You as the fleet manager are obviously aware that sleeper cabs can get—um, ripe. But maybe you’re not aware that keeping those cabs clean can actually help you to retain drivers. And with the current driver shortage, anything you can do to retain truck drivers is worth looking into!

No one wants to work in a dirty environment, let alone live and sleep in one. By providing your drivers with clean cabs and sleeping compartments, you’re providing a nicer work environment for them—and these are people who are in their “work” environment for almost 24 hours a day.

A clean cab also cuts down on the potential for illness because the dust, dirt and grime of the road are removed, freeing your driver from being forced to breathe in that yuck. You’re already facing a driver shortage. Don’t you want to keep the drivers you do have as healthy as possible?

In addition, drivers are more likely to keep up with the clutter when their cabs are clean. And this only leads to more of the benefits of increased job satisfaction and decreased illness.

How do you ensure all the cabs are equally clean?
Different drivers will get their sleeper cabs differing degrees of dirty. What you as the fleet manager want, however, is one standard of clean—deep clean. And outsourcing the cleaning of those sleeper cabs is the best way to ensure the all the cabs and sleeper compartments get equally clean.

That’s why Fleet Clean USA now offers an interior detail service specifically for the cleaning of sleeper cabs. Fleet Clean cleans the sleeper compartments top to bottom, removing trash, scrubbing floors, and wiping down windows. Employees also clean out the storage areas and scrub the driver’s area as well.

By outsourcing the cleaning, you ensure all the cabs get as clean as can be, giving your drivers a fresh start as they head out on another long haul.

2 tips for you to pass along to your drivers
In addition to outsourcing the cleaning of the sleeper cabs, you as the fleet manager can also pass along two tips to your drivers, to help them keep cabs tidy between cleanings. These are two tips any driver can implement, no matter how sloppy:

  • Tip 1: Travel with two pairs of shoes. Just like people have shoes off homes, truckers can have a separate pair of shoes to wear while driving, removing the shoes worn outside so they’re not tracking in dirt. And in the small space of a sleeper cab, a little dirt can quickly turn into a lot of dirt.
  • Tip 2: Keep baby wipes or disinfectant wipes handy. (Just be careful of the strong smelling ones.) The wipes can be used to clean up spills right away or to spot clean between cleanings. Provide the wipes and see if your drivers don’t get neater in their habits just because you’ve made it easier for them to be neat.

You could even buy them the extra shoes and the wipes, to make sure these tips get implemented. Do those two things on top of outsourcing the cab cleaning, and you’ll be reassuring your drivers that you are one fleet manager who really cares about their wellbeing on the road, which just might help them stick around.

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