Managing your fleet can add a lot of additional pressure to your workload, particularly if you’re not looking after it properly. Poor management can lead to costly repairs, fines and a drain on your work time.
As a business owner, financial gain is vital, so it’s important to cut your losses and focus on building your company. In order to make managing your fleet as quick and easy as possible, we’ve collected our top tips to improve fleet management.
1. Effective tracking
Managing your fleet can be a struggle if you’re not tracking it closely. While there are plenty of other things to do when managing your fleet, most of them are made easier if you effectively track your vehicles. Not only does best in class vehicle tracking ensure high security in following your vehicles if one gets stolen, for example, but it also helps you keep an eye on fuel consumption, driving safety and lower insurance costs. It’s worth investing in – or upgrading – a tracker, many fleet owners will find they see a return on their investment within the year after making adaptable changes.
2. Review driver journeys
Businesses have to keep a keen eye on fuel costs and the efficiency of journeys by the driver. It’s easier to keep on top of this if there is a device connected to your vehicle, which allows you to follow routes and diversions. The RAC also suggests installing cameras to protect your drivers if they encounter any accidents along the way. This will protect them against spurious claims that may be made against the driver by providing evidence.
3. Choose your fleet carefully
When picking your work vehicles, it’s important to think about what is going to benefit you the best. Talk Business encourages you to consider things such as road tax, size, fuel type and journey type at purchase stage. For example, if you’re going to be driving long distances, it’s worth looking into diesel vehicles. Similarly, if you’re going to be transporting goods – whether you’re taking tools needed to deliver a service or taking goods to deliver – then you’ll need a vehicle of the right size to avoid the need for multiple trips.
4. Training and re-training
Behaviour behind the wheel can make a huge difference when managing your fleet. Speeding, harsh accelerating and braking can make a big difference to both insurance and likeliness of having an accident – as can the ability to manage large vehicles in tight spots. Keeping a close eye on driver behaviour is going to make a big difference to overall management – and regular refresher training on tight manoeuvres etc can help to assist effective and efficient driving.
5. Listen to your employees
Your employees may be the best people to seek guidance from – especially considering they’re out on the road for most of the day. After driving around a lot for work, they’re likely to notice ways to improve their day-to-day role. Taking their feedback on board will also help to make them feel valued – and should ensure that they are empowered and motivated to deliver any changes you decide upon.
You should be able to make a lot of improvements with managing your fleet through these tips, and you’ll see a huge difference almost immediately. With the help of tracking and growing your relationships, you’ll be able to work closely with your employees to ensure you see the best possible outcome for your fleet.