5 films fleet managers can learn a lesson from

Knowledge can be acquired from the strangest places. While fleet managers can learn their trade from any number of official training sessions and industry literature, sometimes inspiration can strike out of nowhere. 

Some of us watch films to relax, switching off our minds and letting our thoughts wander at the end of a busy week. For dedicated fleet managers however, these can be unexpected sources of inspiration, knowledge or unconventional fleet management techniques. 

So, we've compiled our top five films for the fleet manager looking to find new tips and tricks to keep their drivers out of trouble on the roads. 

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

As with many of the films on this list, this is probably closer to a lesson of what not to do, but that doesn't make its teachings any less valuable. After all, the film depicts a post-apocalyptic wasteland borne as a result of the devastating petrol wars, is it a sign we should be turning to green cars?

Having drivers with mechanical knowledge is essential for fleet maintenance.

On top of this, the sheer variety of vehicles on display means the film is valuable for fleet managers whether they're tasked with managing cars or trucks. In particular, Mad Max: Fury Road promotes the value of having a fleet with a bit of mechanical know how, evidenced by the moment Max and the war boy Nux are able to get their war machine back on track with roadside repairs. 

Whether or not the film will affect the habits of fleet managers remains to be seen, but Roy Morgan Research reported that drivers who have seen Mad Max: Fury Road have a distinct set of motoring desires, such as preferring cars that are fun to drive or are performance oriented. 

2. The Blues Brothers

Fleets are a team, and teams need to be able to work together to ensure jobs are completed safely and successfully. While your drivers may not be on a mission from God like the titular Blues Brothers, their daily tasks are no less important. 

The film details the characters' quest to get their old band back together, seeing them cross the United States in an effort to achieve this feat. So, aside from a few classic blues and rock 'n roll numbers, what can fleet managers take from this cinematic experience?

Well, the main one revolves around being prepared for long cross-country journeys, an insight that's especially valuable considering the distances some Australian fleets travel. Here's the moment where it should all click for fleet managers:

3. Duel

The 1971 classic thriller provides a number of lessons that are especially helpful for drivers tasked with taking on Australia's busy highways and outback roads. Duel sees a travelling salesman pursued by the manic driver of one of the most menacing trucks to ever appear on the silver screen. 

While fleet managers shouldn't read too far into the film's portrayal of truck drivers, it does provide an exaggerated warning about the potential dangers of these vehicles for smaller cars, especially on narrow back roads. 

The NSW Centre for Road Safety stated that accidents involving trucks and other heavy vehicles result in significantly higher levels of crash trauma than other similar events. To save on fleet maintenance and keep your drivers safe, ensure they give trucks enough space to operate. 

4. The Italian Job

Whether you're a fan of the original or the remake, The Italian Job is an essential film for fleet managers who need a few tips when it comes to vehicle selection. In every case, drivers need to have the right vehicle for the job. Too big, and you risk increased fuel consumption, too small, and you may not be able to complete a job effectively. 

The heroes of both films knew exactly how to get ahead of the competition. By choosing to equip themselves with a fleet of highly nimble Mini Coopers, the characters were able to complete their jobs with ease. 

Now the Mini Cooper even comes in a range of variants, so fleet managers can satisfy any and every demand with a throwback to this classic piece of cinema, whether they want a crossover, a convertible or the classic hatchback. 

5. James Bond: Goldfinger

As with the Duel example, Goldfinger provides an exaggerated lesson for fleet managers to pass onto their drivers. In every instance, motorists and their vehicles need to be equipped with every piece of gear they may require on their journey. This could be anything from the tools necessary to change a tyre to first aid kits. 

One driver whose car was always packed to the brim with features, however outlandish they may have been, was none other than Bond, James Bond. Fleet managers could do well to prepare their vehicles with the same attention to detail as 007's various contraptions. 

Of course, it's always the classics that we keep coming back to, and no list of iconic films would be complete without Goldfinger's Aston Martin DB5. 

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