Ensuring maximum fleet productivity is a top priority for businesses that rely on fleets to run their operations. However, without efficient fleet management, you will barely realize any benefits that come with improved productivity. The result is often increased running costs. Additionally, your fleet will barely help your business move forward as fast as you would want it to.
Ideally, a productive fleet will not only be a customer magnet but also a profitability machine. It all trickles down to the intricacies of how you manage your fleet. Other than eliminating the wasteful parts of fleet management, you should focus on improving the strong points of your fleet.
Here is how to accentuate the productivity of your fleet:
Use Telematics Devices
Telematics can be effective in monitoring the nitty-gritty details of running your fleet. They can help record driver behaviour, maintenance needs, and even fuel efficiency data. The data collected can be used for the overall health of your entire fleet. For instance, driver behaviour data can be effective in crafting training programs that can help get rid of bad behaviour.
You can use these insights to both improve your onboarding training programs as well as revamp future training for the continuing drivers. As for firms that pay for the training of drivers from scratch, you can easily make suggestions to the driving instructors that will improve the training programs. Since some driver training programs for new drivers are more intensive and consolidated to reduce training periods, it will be easy to incorporate these insights into the programs.
Also, you can use the telematics data to look for insights to improve fuel efficiency. For instance, you can pick the fuel-efficient routes, use specific additives or revamp your maintenance schedules.
Focus On Maintenance
If a single vehicle is under repair, it can lower the efficiency at which you can cater to customers. Imagine if half of your fleet is under repairs- the chances are that your business will have some long downtimes. This is where preventative maintenance comes in.
The trick is to create specific schedules for maintaining your vehicles. You should have someone in charge of over-sighting the maintenance of the entire fleet. It might also pay to work with a maintenance and repair company to handle the maintenance of your fleet. This will include syncing maintenance schedule. Working with a specific business consistently will most likely earn your maintenance discounts.
Improve Fuel Efficiency
An idling car can use up between 1/7 to 1/5 gallons of fuel each hour. While this might seem like an insignificant number, it can actually turn into something big when you factor in the number of cars in your fleet that spend their time idling around. This and other small aspects of your fleet can affect its fuel efficiency- including the time spent in traffic, the route you choose to use and how often you maintain the vehicles.
Look for ways to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicles, such as using routes with less traffic, focusing on preventative maintenance, and training drivers to drive responsibly. Sure, you can also use additives to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicles, but be sure to research their effectiveness on your fleet before using them.
Enhance Your Fleet Safety Levels
Accidents will typically leave your fleet in a lot of issues. You will often have to reschedule employee tasks, miss handling customer orders, file insurance claims, handle lawsuits and even fire and hire new employees. All this can take a toll on the productivity of your fleet. Instead of being reactive to accidents, be proactive enough to prevent them from happening. You can train drivers on the best practices on the road and watch out for issues that could easily lead to road accidents, such as inclement weather and the poor conditions of your vehicles.
A productive fleet will often be a profit-making machine. Focusing on improving the productivity of your fleet should both help you optimize your resources and get rid of anything that might slow down business. Focus on the strategies above to make the most out of your fleet.