Author: Justin Schmid
Content Marketing Specialist
Fleet Management Challenges? There’s Technology for That
What’s your fleet management challenge? OK, there’s probably more than one. Fleet managers tell us that accountability, efficiency, and risk top their list, though.
As it turns out, these problems share a solution. Fleet technology can reinvent how you manage your mobile assets by providing actionable insights around your mobile workforce. And it can help you comply with the Electronic Logging Devices regulations, which is especially important if your fleet will be affected by the grandfather clause expiration in late 2019.
Here’s how technology can tackle your fleet management challenges.
A Boost in Accountability
Before GPS tracking technology, fleet managers were in the dark about their vehicles’ locations. Today, we can track vehicles and equipment in real time. And it goes beyond just understanding drivers’ locations throughout the day. The insights tracking provides can solve significant fleet management challenges, as well.
One of the top challenges fleets look to solve with GPS tracking is low driver accountability. The technology helps prevent employees from using company vehicles for side jobs by tracking vehicle use during odd hours. It directly affects your company’s revenue when drivers use your vehicles to perform jobs to make money for themselves instead of your company. By preventing this from occurring, you can add more jobs per day per driver, which will add more to your bottom line. Also, this technology can stop falsified work reports and provide customers with proof of service.
Building a More-Efficient Fleet
Monitoring maintenance, fuel use, and vehicle use are the keys to an efficient fleet. GPS tracking can help with these fleet management challenges.
Let’s start with maintenance. Fleet managers can set automated alerts for individual vehicles to stay on top of their services. They can base those alerts on mileage, hours, or date. That’s one less thing your team needs to track manually. It ensures that your vehicles will get the upkeep they need, too.
And you can count on saving fuel costs: GPS technology can find the fastest routes. That’s less time driving, which saves fuel and wear-and-tear.
GPS tracking can monitor which vehicles your fleet uses the most or least often, as well. Fleet utilization reports will help you right-size the fleet or come up with a plan to put underused vehicles into circulation. That means a more-efficient fleet!
Risky Business: A Serious Fleet Management Challenge
We know fleet managers are concerned about unsafe driving. And so are drivers: They want a safe work environment. GPS tracking can help managers and drivers address safety together.
With GPS tracking, fleets can recognize safe drivers – which is an opportunity to reinforce their positive behavior companywide. This can lead to fewer accidents, reduced liability and a healthier bottom line.
Compliance Exceptions Have Ended
There were some exceptions that allow fleets to delay upgrading to ELD. With the deadline passed, you’ve either transitioned or at serious risk.
And there’s still another option: You might have made the transition to ELD and found that your solution wasn’t what you hoped for. Purchasing decisions made quickly can often turn out that way.
If that’s the case, it might be time to revisit your Hours of Service solution and make one that better suits your organization for the long haul.