Inverters are not miraculous, but are part of a solution in a long-term plan that should bring fleet managers and drivers together again. There are still carriers thinking that forbidding inverters is the way to go, but this fight for economy & autonomy by drivers could become a serious threat in placing valuable equipment like trucks at high risk, and cost them millions per year in added maintenance and related problems with unauthorized and inadequate items.
| Guest Editorial | By Francois Provost The Rising Challenge Can ﬂeets afford to live without inverters? Power inverters are more popular than ever good drivers to other industries or competitors? budget inverters, propane stoves, BBQ grills for drivers due to economical, health and Unlike any other sector of activity, the truck- and all sorts of heating devices connected to autonomy reasons. Facing this reality, a lot of ing industry is spending millions per year in lighter plugs, and how frequent these ﬁttings drivers have taken it upon themselves to buy recruitment, cash incentives and free training. are in ﬂeets known to have a very strict “no and install power inverters. Today’s ﬂeets are How can an industry still endure a 125 percent inverter” policy. dealing with trucks equipped with inverters annual turnover rate without collateral damag- The advantages for drivers are obvious and which may not have been speciﬁcally designed es and proﬁtability losses? easy to calculate, but inverters can also be very for highway trucks, resulting in battery, alterna- Inverters are not miraculous, but are part of beneﬁcial for ﬂeets. Drivers will spend less time tor and electrical issues. a solution in a long-term plan that should bring in truck stops and restaurants, so more time Can large ﬂeets afford to keep struggling ﬂeet managers and drivers together again. on the road. They will clock fewer miles and against inverters? This is a question that’s been There are still carriers thinking that forbid- use less fuel by doing quick stops in rest areas, around for at least 15 years. Power inverters ding inverters is the way to go, but this ﬁght for they will be able to eat while being unloaded are among the most efﬁcient and cost effec- tive tools to improve drivers’ performance and H ow can an industry still endure a 125 generate savings. The primary reason for drivers to use power inverters is simple: saving money. We all know percent annual turnover rate without how much it costs eating at restaurants when on vacation or on a business trip and how collateral damages and profitability losses? comforting it is to come home! The only thing Francois Prevost drivers are asking for is minimal comfort and autonomy. Without an inverter, life on the road can be much more difﬁcult than most people economy & autonomy by drivers could become and be ready to go back on the road quicker. realize. Trucks may be more comfortable than a serious threat in placing valuable equipment They will beneﬁt from longer periods of rest 25 years ago, but the reality today is that even like trucks at high risk, and cost them millions by losing less time during the day, which is a with the best seat, air suspensions and cushy per year in added maintenance and related signiﬁcant reduction of stress. carpeting, being a truck driver isn’t much easi- problems with unauthorized and inadequate Looking at the potential wages, driving a truck er than in was in the ’90s. items. You would be surprised how imagina- for $50,000 a year is an attractive job. But let’s Can large ﬂeets still impose a widely spread tive drivers can be in trying to upgrade their be honest: if drivers have to spend $40/day in “no inverter” policy, and still afford to lose quality of life with temporary ﬁttings such as restaurants, they will end up earning $12,000 less per year. With an inverter, those expenditures could be reduced by 60 percent. THE ULTIMATE
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