Keeping vehicles safe: What fleet managers and drivers need to know

Fleet vehicles are often some of the most valuable assets a business will utilise, whether they're owned by the company or simply leased.

Disturbingly, Australia has a significant problem when it comes to stolen vehicles, with the Australian Institute of Criminology finding that vehicle theft costs the community around $1 billion per year. When they're stolen, it often means fleet managers will have to go through the insurance process and then find suitable replacements. It's easy to see how this can be a pretty substantial setback - and something to try and avoid. 

With new city cars, executive sedans and powerful trucks needing to be protected, what can both fleet managers and the drivers who actually use the cars do to keep them safe on a daily basis? Let's find out.

1) Park in secure areas

This point usually goes without saying, but it's important to hammer it home for business drivers. It's often all too easy to park a car in a dangerous area, especially when trying to get to a meeting on time. On the other hand, drivers may take company cars home for the night, raising the risk if parking on the street.

The Car Connection explained that most thieves are simply opportunists - meaning they're likely to seize the moment if they see a car is unlocked or not in plain sight. As such, drivers should take care to park in well-lit and monitored car parks, and in driveways at home if possible. Of course, making sure the car is locked is also important.

That's not all, however, as the cars themselves can be made quite secure thanks to new technologies.

2) Use anti-theft systems

Aside from more fuel-efficient cars, auto makers have been hard at work on anti-theft technologies. This means alarms, ignition cut-off systems and even cars that can broadcast their position at all times.

Drivers can also use more traditional anti-theft systems, by manually adding additional protective measures. The police force across the ditch in New Zealand had some great ideas, explaining that drivers should:

  • Use steering wheel locks.
  • Put wheel locks in place (only when parking for an extended period of time).
  • Use lockable wheel nuts (to prevent wheels being stolen).

These are just a few of the available systems that fleet managers and drivers can take advantage of, and they should certainly be considered given the number of car thefts every year.

By understanding how to keep vehicles safe, fleet managers and the drivers who use the cars and trucks can lower the chance of having them stolen. Software for fleet management can prove another useful tool, helping those in charge to keep tabs on vehicle usage.