As an entrepreneur, you should always be on the lookout for ways of lowering your overheads to maximize your returns. If you have a vehicle or vehicles for your business, your commercial auto insurance premiums are some of the things you can trim to reduce the costs of running your business. Here are some of the ways you can do this.
Hire the Right Employees
Hiring and retention of employees is probably the best area for managing your commercial auto insurance costs. Screen your potential drivers as much as state laws allow to avoid hiring dangerous drivers, such as those with DUI (histories). You should also be careful with those already on your payroll; come up with rules and regulations to help you prevent dangerous driving and get rid of drivers who cannot adhere to your safety regulations.
Deploy a Suitable Monitoring System
There are systems for monitoring employees and systems for monitoring vehicles; both of these can help you manage your insurance costs. For example, you can install a vehicle tracking system so that you always know where your vehicles are at all times. That way you will know when, say, your drivers are taking dangerous shortcuts that can damage your vehicles. An employee monitoring system, on the other hand, can help you gather information on drivers' behavior and infractions. That way you don't have to rely on your employees to self-report their driving tickets or accidents.
Get Help from the Public
The public can also be a great source of information on your drivers' behavior. To get data from the public, all you need to do is to put up a phone number that anyone can call to report dangerous driving from your drivers. The phone number should be huge and customized for easy recall; it should also be constantly monitored. Make sure you follow up and take relevant action when people call you about overlapping, intoxicated or speeding drivers.
Don't Automatically Opt For Expensive Vehicles
Lastly, you should know that the value of your vehicles plus the cost of repairing, servicing them, and buying their spare parts, also influence your insurance rates. This is because your insurance carrier has to bear the premium costs if you lose or damage one of the vehicles in an accident. For that reason, you should make it a point to opt for the cheapest vehicles (in terms of cost and maintenance) that can handle the work you require from your vehicles.
For more information on an insurance quote, contact your local insurance agency today.
After we had kids, we realized that we needed to up the ante on our insurance coverage. While we had a policy in place, I knew that we had to do something to make sure that we were protected in any instance, which wasn't the case at the time. I began talking with different brokers about what we could do to improve our coverage, and they had some really great suggestions that seemed to help. This website is here to help other people to know how to purchase insurance, and what kinds of policies would work best for your special family.