Practical ways connectivity increases fleet effectiveness


Practical ways connectivity increases fleet effectiveness

Source: FleetAnswers Keeping a fleet running efficiently is the main goal of the modern fleet manager. Connectivity and real-time data are both key to this. With the right information and connection to your drivers and workers, you can leverage your fleet as effectively as possible. Here are some practical ways you can use this type of connectivity to keep your fleet operating at its best.

  • Use Connectivity to Keep Tabs on Vehicle Problems and Performance

The check engine light is one of the more frustrating problems a fleet driver can have. Sometimes, it simply means there's a minor maintenance issue that needs to be addressed, but other times it means there's a serious problem that is hurting your efficiency. Connectivity can help with this.

If a vehicle is out in the field and the check engine light is on, a remote diagnostic service can help the fleet management team know what to do. This service will send details about any fault within the vehicle back to the fleet manager and also potentially to the driver. This will help you know how serious the problem is and whether work needs to stop for the driver to address it right away, or whether you can wait to handle the problem when the fleet returns at the end of the work day.

Connectivity and on-board diagnostics can also help reduce unplanned downtime for vehicles. If the on-board diagnostic system is monitoring performance, the fleet manager and maintenance team can see signs of problems and take care of them at scheduled maintenance times, rather than facing unexpected downtime when a vehicle or vehicle system fails. While this won't eliminate all unplanned downtime, it will greatly cut down on it and improve overall efficiency.

  • Implement Efficiency or Safety Changes Effectively

Keeping a fleet running as efficiently as possible requires changes from time to time. Yet getting those changes implemented across a large fleet or a mobile fleet can be difficult. Connectivity makes it easier to not only communicate the desired changes, but also monitor for them. Systems can be set up to deliver electronic messages to drivers and to the dispatch to ensure the proper safety and efficiency protocols are being used based on your fleet's individual goals. Through connectivity, you can ensure that all drivers have access to the same information and the same level of accountability.

  • Automating the Dispatch Process

Dispatching vehicles is made easier and less time consuming with the addition of connectivity. A connected fleet can automatically and efficiently dispatch vehicles to customers or service locations, without the need for the driver to check in with dispatch. All dispatch instructions are sent directly to the vehicle or the driver's phone. This eliminates wasted time and gets the driver to the job site more quickly. It also allows for on-the-job changes in dispatch as new calls come in and drivers' services are required in new locations.

Fleet connectivity is continuing to revolutionize the fleet industry. It's making the job of the fleet manager easier, making fleets run more efficiently and allowing companies to utilize their fleets to the fullest. As greater advances in technology continue to hit the market, these benefits are expected to continue as well, providing fleets with greater benefits as they remain connected through the power of technology.

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