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Goal of fleet management switches from tracking to efficiency

Source: FleetAnswers What is the main focus of your fleet management efforts? Since the inception of telematics, one of the primary goals of fleet tracking has been to map and efficiently route drivers. However, this is no longer the only focus. With the increase in on-board diagnostics and the ability to plug fleet management programming into that diagnostic equipment, fleet managers are now focusing even more strongly on using that diagnostic data to improve efficiency and maximize the use of vehicles.

What is eco driving (and why should you follow it?)

Source: FleetAnswers Today's fleet management professionals have to handle that difficult balance between meeting and exceeding customer expectations and doing so within the constraints of a tight budget. Because of this, fuel costs remain at the forefront of most fleet managers' concerns. Eco-driving, or driving with fuel-efficiency in mind, is one way to help mitigate that cost. Eco-driving requires the support and education of drivers to ensure all are using fuel efficient driving habits on the road.

Leveraging technology to manage complex fleets

Source: Utilimarc For companies that have complicated fleets and complex routes, technology is the best resource to use to keep tabs on those vehicles and ensure that they are being used as efficiently as possible. Whether a fleet is complex because it has a wide variety of vehicles or because its size, technology can allow fleet professionals to manage their fleets well. Here are some best practices for implementing technology into the fleet effectively.

Use Technology to Improve Communication

Understanding the true cost of fleet vehicle downtime

Source: FleetAnswers How costly is downtime for your fleet? Today's fleets may budget for the costs of downtime, but some researchers have found that the costs are significantly higher than what fleets anticipate, with some estimating the yearly cost of downtime to be as much as 8 times what the fleet expects. A closer look at these costs, and how to avoid them, is essential to ensuring that your fleet is running as efficiently as possible.

The Obvious Costs of Downtime

Fleet Safety - What to do if stranded in poor weather

Source: FleetAnswers Winter weather is here in full force, and with that weather comes plenty of opportunities for fleet vehicles to get stranded in the snow. Fleet managers need to have a solid plan to protect their drivers and their vehicles from getting stranded, because it is going to happen from time to time. Making a plan before a problem arises is the key to handling the problem well.

Fleet networking - why, where, and who you should be networking

Source: Utilimarc Working in the fleet industry can feel slightly isolating. Your work is vital to the success of the company you work for, yet few in the “business world” truly understand the demands, pressures and concerns of a fleet manager. That is why networking can be so invaluable. Not only does networking give you the chance to talk to others who understand what it is you do and the challenges you face, but it also allows you to glean insight into changes and tactics that others are using to effectively run their fleets.

The future of mobility

Source: FleetAnswers It's been more than almost a month since the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, has come and gone, but there were a number of innovations and products shown that could have a significant impact on the fleet industry, and sooner than you might think. Fleet managers need to be aware of the tech that is coming and the way it could impact their work and their fleets.

Self-Driving Cars

Which is the best maintenance strategy: Cure a problem or prevent it altogether?

Source: FleetAnswers Effective fleet management involves two types of maintenance. First is preventative maintenance, the type focused on preventing future problems by being proactive before they begin. The second is curative maintenance, or the type that works to fix a problem after a breakdown or similar issue has developed. While both are necessary in the fleet, fleet management teams need to decide where their primary focus will lie.

The Challenge of a Curative Approach

Fleet managers have big data but fail to use it

Source: FleetAnswers In the fleet management world, data is everywhere. Telematics, diagnostic codes, tracking options for cargo and more provide vast amounts of data to the fleet manager. In fact, Big Data is a catchphrase in the industry, showing the perceived value of information. Yet according to recent surveys, that data is not being used to its best advantage. In fact, only about 4 percent of businesses across all industries, including fleet, are able to extract the full value of the information they have available to them.

Retaining the value of your fleet

Source: Exchange and Mart Whether you own a fleet of large commercial vehicles to meet the demands of your logistics business or an array of executive cars to facilitate your mobile sales force, making sure you retain the value of these assets will be one of your top priorities as a business owner. While depreciation is an inevitable part of car ownership, that doesn't mean that there aren't ways you can reduce the cost to your business.

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