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Tips For Truck Fleet Management

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While truck fleet management is becoming an increasingly large industry, management solutions are equally increasing in number, due to advancements made in today’s technology. In fact, it has been shown that even minimal management changes can lead to significant profit increases.

Truck Fleet Management

  1. Invest in Fleet Management Software
  2. This will monitor expenditure, identifying potential areas where potential money could be saved, which is critical. In addition, it will digitally keep track of all relevant data, which will increase efficiency in the end.

  3. Go Electronic with ELDs and DVIRs
  4. Electronic ELDs will help drivers stay on top of their paperwork by automatically collecting data, maximizing driver productivity and lowering administrative costs. It will make roadside inspections more efficient. Electronic DVIRs, via a smartphone offer the ability to take photo or video evidence, as well as giving the option to automatically schedule repairs or order new parts, all of which increase efficiency.

  5. Ensure Vehicles are as Energy Efficient as Possible
  6. Trucks with lower CO2 emissions will lessen your impact on the environment, ensuring that your team isn’t adding to climate problems like global warming.

  7. Track Distance and Fuel
  8. Tracking both distance and fuel output can be used to identify inefficient driving, leading to reduced overall costs if rectified. Similarly, always ensure the correct vehicle is being used for the job required to avoid any unnecessary costs.

  9. Built-In Telematics
  10. Investing in trucks with built-in telematics (like GPS-tracking hardware or predictive vehicle maintenance, for example) will increase efficiency, lower overall costs and reduce administration. Companies like Isuzu or Hino are some of the best manufacturers.

  11. Invest in Navigation Software for Drivers
  12. Navigation software can eliminate a lot the stress associated with driving by providing drivers with relevant information such as truck-specific routes, points of interest (rest stops and safe, overnight parking, road updates or directions for private roads). This will all lead to increased safety and efficiency.

  13. Use Geofence
  14. Geofence, which uses GPS tracking to detect when a vehicle has entered or exited a certain location, has a variety of practical uses. For example, it can be used to confirm deliveries by tracking the location of the truck, marking it as completed and then sending appropriate notifications for follow-up. This will increase productivity, lower administration and administrative costs.

  15. ETA Notifications
  16. Receiving up-to-date notifications on ETAs, will provide more accurate information to drivers (and allow them to share this information with their clients), leading to an overall increase in productivity.

Fleet management is essential to keeping your costs low and your drivers safe. For more information on how fleet management can affect your business, contact our team today!

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