4 ways to improve utilization of fleet vehicles

Source: FleetAnswers Is your fleet utilizing its vehicles to the fullest? Vehicles that are not being used well are adding unnecessary costs to your fleet. Those vehicles, whether they are run regularly or not, have to be maintained, and they are not bringing in any income as a result of that expense. Empty trucks on the road are using fuel without purpose. These types of problems can be improved with better vehicle utilization.

Here are some tips to help you utilize your fleet vehicles as thoroughly as possible, making your fleet efficient and effective.

Strategies for improving satisfaction with Telematics & GPS systems

Source: FleetAnswers In a recent survey of fleet professionals, FleetAnswers found that a larger number of fleets are using telematics systems to help them manage their vehicles and drivers. Yet, in spite of the growing acceptance, few, as few as 13 percent of those surveyed, expressed that they were very satisfied with their telematics system.

Telematics survey shows driver behavior a top metric

Source: FleetAnswers Telematics and GPS fleet tracking is becoming increasingly important as fleets move forward in a tech-savvy world. Both fleet mangers and those companies who produce and market telematics systems can benefit from understanding how those products are being best used.

Driving corporate responsibility to the next level with telematics

Source: Inthinc Dedicated to providing a safe environment for all its employees, and with over 1800 vehicles in service daily, safety is a critical component of AmeriPride’s business. Although AmeriPride had safety policies and training courses in place, the company felt that they needed a more proactive solution to better protect and engage their drivers. Looking for results and change, a new ‘Safety Driven’ program was launched with the following key performance indicator (KPI) objectives and targeted goals for their fleet and drivers:

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.


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