How much money do you waste because...
...you must have exact alignment to connect the trailer
...of limited visibility, tough conditions, or inexperienced drivers?
If you have one truck, and make:
- Two connections per day
- Five minutes per connection
- Five days per week
75% faster connections
25X larger target area
Move the hitch, not the trailer
Connecting a trailer is usually a two-person operation, and a time-consuming process as well. After just a bit of practice, one person can usually align a tow vehicle inside the TeleSwivel® target zone. This can save the labor cost of the guide person, on top of the improved efficiency of the driver.
Connecting a trailer is an ideal environment for an injury, specifically a musculoskeletal injury, likely to the back. The leading cause is trying to use human strength to lift a trailer tongue onto the hitch in order to overcome misalignment.
Workplace injuries are expensive. First, the medical costs affect both the employee and the company. Lost time from work is an additional expense, comprised largely of backfilled labor.
The National Safety Council, in a 2009 report, reported that such accidents can cost employers up to $48,000. Our research with employers places the average number at around $12,000. Chronic injuries can cost much more, and may affect the earning power of employees. OSHA has recently issued an announcement for a plan to track the incidence of "soft tissue injuries," a class of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), in order to better quantify the magnitude of such injuries in the workplace.
A major truck Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has studied the effect of extended idling on engine maintenance. They define extended idling as:
- More than 10 minutes per hour of normal driving
- Frequent low speed operation
- Sustained heavy traffic less than 25 MPH
If usage falls into any of these definitions, the vehicle is classified under "Severe Service Operations." The OEM researchers concluded, based on their analysis of severe service operations, that one hour of idle time is equal to approximately 25 miles of driving.
The process of connecting a truck and trailer, with frequent stops and starts, back and forth movement, and periods of idling, qualifies as "extended idling."
The IRS allows $0.50 per mile as an estimate of the cost to operate a motor vehicle; Edmunds estimates a range from $0.63 to $0.84 for full-sized pickup trucks. We use the $0.50/mile figure to be conservative; this means that each minute of idling is equivalent to 0.42 miles, or $0.21 per minute.