Discover the best custom upfit solution for your fleet vehicle
Looking for a way to increase your company’s productivity and bottom line? The answer is a custom upfit for your fleet vehicles. Designed to make your driver’s job easier and safer, a custom upfit focuses on three key elements:
1. Cargo Space Organization
Organization in fleet vehicles is a top priority. Technicians are more productive with their tools stored neatly and within easy reach. By installing quality storage units, such as Partskeeper cabinets and drawer systems, you can improve your employee workflow and minimize driver downtime.
With a well-planned custom upfit, the number of tools lost and the amount of time spent searching for them, can also be cut down dramatically. Technicians are able to get more done in a day, leading to higher customer satisfaction and, a higher income and profitability.
2. Payload and Fuel Savings
Increasing the payload of fleet vehicles is a huge advantage that can be accomplished with a carefully thought-out custom upfit. The heavier the install, the higher the fuel consumption. Not only is this not eco-friendly, but it can also prove to be more expensive for companies in the long run. An easy way to keep costs down and encourage green initiatives is designing a custom package to maximize weight savings. For example, using aluminum shelving instead of steel is a great way to cut down on weight, as steel is typically 2.5 times denser*.
Another reason fleet managers look for a lighter upfit is to help reduce wear and tear on their vehicles. A full steel upfit can weigh up to 200 lbs. Add the cargo weight, and the van has become considerably heavier. Overloaded vehicles are at greater risk of damage (e.g.flat tires and worn brake pads). This leads to more vehicle downtime and repair and maintenance costs. Meet with a specialist to find out how to cut back on weight and still get the most out of the cargo space in your vehicles.
3. Driver Safety
Improving fleet vehicle safety is one of the main goals of a custom upfit. The first step is determining the greatest safety issue affecting your fleet. From there, a custom upfit can help address the problem. Ensuring the driver is protected while driving is crucial and depends on having a properly equipped van. Partitions, for example, are designed to keep items from becoming projectiles in the event of a crash. They are a necessity in vehicles carrying equipment and tools.
That being said, fleet safety involves more than just protection while operating the vehicle. Injuries can also occur when loading and unloading cargo. Fortunately, there are many products on the market made to prevent or reduce these non-operating incidents. For example, van steps and drop-down ladder racks can help eliminate unnecessary physical strain. Van lighting is also a must-have to reduce bodily harm and increase driver visibility if the technician happens to be working in their van at night. When you install the right safety equipment, many accidents can be avoided, which means less technician downtime, lower healthcare costs and greater overall employee morale.