In these challenging times every business is trying to improve efficiency. And nowhere is that more important than in fleet management, where costs can spiral out of control if not carefully monitored. So we’ve put together a list of five ways in which you can enhance the value of your fleet while eliminating unnecessary expenditure.
1. Introduce Fleet Management Software
According to an article in Entrepreneur, out of 1,000 respondents nearly 60% reported too much time wasted on administrative tasks. Dedicated software options are available for every size of fleet these days, helping to organise your data in real time for optimum fleet performance. From organising the most cost-effective routes to keeping track of each driver’s hours, automated processes free up staff time and give access to essential analytical information.
2. Cut Back on Fuel Costs
Encouraging drivers to drive responsibly and not leave engines idling can help to trim fuel costs. But the best results come from issuing dedicated fuel cards for every driver or vehicle in your fleet. There are lots of different types available to suit all circumstances: BP fuel cards are considered to be the best option for nationwide motorway users, for example, thanks to a vast network of garages. Check out the Fuel Card Services range of BP fuel cards, together with loads of other options, to find out how they could help you keep tighter controls over your fuel costs.
3. Keep Vehicles Well Maintained
Along with your drivers, your vehicles are your most important asset. Keeping them well maintained and regularly serviced prolongs their useful life and helps avoid expensive downtime. Choose the right fleet management software package and you’ll find that everything can be stored conveniently online, so you’ll always have access to information about every vehicle in your fleet so long as you have an internet connection. Having all the data at your fingertips lets you keep close control over their condition, allowing faults to be dealt with before they become major issues.
4. Stay Up to Date with Regulations
Trade magazines and websites such as Fleet News can guide you through some of the basic legislation affecting fleet managers, but only to a certain extent. Thanks to Brexit and an ever-growing raft of Covid measures, regulations of all kinds are subject to constant changes these days. And it’s essential to stay up to speed with them all to avoid potentially expensive fines and the associated negative publicity.
5. Improve Team Communications
Your fleet drivers are an invaluable asset, so treat them with respect and keep them fully informed. In addition to regular training, it’s important to give them the necessary information to do their work to the very best of their abilities. Up-to-date route planning software and specific instructions help to eliminate doubt, encouraging them to keep to their schedules.
It doesn’t take long to implement a few changes that could have profound and long-lasting effects on your fleet efficiency.