Running and maintaining an efficient fleet doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking expense. To get the most out of your company vehicles and drivers in terms of safety and cost efficiency, just follow these five steps.
Fuel cards not only make the purchase of fuels easier, they also simplify administrative tasks with account management software. Use the reports to get a complete overview of your fuel expenses.
Detailed old bills of fuel and the use of vehicles, drivers or groups can help to discover any inefficiencies in your mobile workforce. Making changes based on this data improves efficiency and shrinks your fuel bills.
A routine inspection of the vehicles and their maintenance are essential for the longevity of your vehicles. With regular inspections and continuous monitoring, you can keep your vehicles in top condition and discover any problems before they become expensive. With these preventive measures, you can reduce the risk of breakdowns, accidents due to technical failure and the time that the vehicles are out of service.
Telematics is a powerful control tool that can assist you with preventive maintenance as described above and can also provide traceable data to reduce fuel consumption, improve driver behavior and reduce incidents of unauthorized vehicle use.
You can also control it when equipment does paid hourly work, or when vehicles and employees arrive or leave an order, allowing you to manage overtime and save money on unnecessary labor costs.
Although all drivers are encouraged to drive a lot, bad habits can creep in here and there that are difficult to get rid of. You can identify inefficient driver behavior by installing telematics or evaluating the data collected by your fuel card account management system.
Drivers, whether new or experienced, should regularly attend training sessions to refresh their knowledge of best driving practices and rules.
Provide your drivers with incentives for good driving performance. High fuel efficiency, regular vehicle inspections or the display of good driving performance not only mean a safer fleet and less fuel consumption for you, but also extends the life of your vehicles and lowers maintenance costs in the long term.
It makes more economic sense to use fewer vehicles to their full capacity instead of letting several vehicles run at half capacity. The cost of operating a smaller, full vehicle is less than that of a large, half-full vehicle.
By placing orders on the way back, unnecessary fuel consumption during empty trips can be avoided, which improves the productivity of your fleet. Careful use of your company vehicles ensures that you get the most out of your capital.
No matter how many vehicles your company manages, whoever combines all of these steps, you can be sure that your business will run smoothly and efficiently.