Saving Time is Saving Money for Your Fleet Vehicles
Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your Fleet
Location: There are two schools of thought with the term location when it comes to deliveries. To find a location, some systems rely on GPS coordinates, while others use addresses. Some companies use will use both systems interchangeably, so it’s important for any Fleet Manager to be adept at the use of both. Some Fleet Managers have found that when an address is inaccurately displayed, GPS is reliable to find the correct location. The same concept applies if GPS is guiding your driver to the wrong place, having the address readily accessible allows drivers to to find the delivery or pick up.
Timing: The next consideration after making sure you find the right location is finding it on time. The name of the game in transit, is speed. New mapping technologies are becoming so reliable because of their real-time traffic data which helps improve your route time. Systems like TomTom, Waze, and Google Maps use live updates about hazardous conditions, traffic, and road closures to steer you towards your destination, on time.
Planning: Not all directional decisions can be made the day of your transit. Understanding traffic history can make you and your team better at predicting traffic. If you know there is always traffic at 9am, you may plan to delay your departure by an hour or so, to save yourself time and unwanted aggravation. From the moment your driver gets behind the wheel, you want to minimize as much wasted time as possible, so planning can save you time and money!
Preventative Maintenance: A Fleet Manager will already know the necessary services for fleet vehicles and the importance of a timely maintenance schedule, but preventative maintenance saves you money. With vehicles that put on a lot of miles, like most fleet vehicles, regular oil changes, tire alignments and suspension checks are necessary to prevent costly repairs to your fleet. These services allow factory-trained technicians to give your vehicle an inspection for your daily wear and tear, so you can fix small issues before a more expensive, blow-out repair occurs down the road.