Managing a fleet can be both time consuming and expensive, which is why it is essential to always follow best practices to ensure that you are properly maintaining your fleet. Below are some of the best practices to help you control your fleet more easily and save money.
Create a Fleet Management Plan
Having a long term fleet plan will help you organize the control and costs of you fleet. Map out your finances, plan for your growth and ultimately have a blue print of where you would like to see your fleet in the next five years. Knowing the goals from your fleet costs, profit, and growth will help you to keep track of your fleet’s performance and ultimately guide you into making the right decisions for your long term success
Establish a Maintenance Schedule
Maintaining the health of your vehicles may be the most important aspect of running a fleet. That is why it is essential to maintenance your vehicles regularly. Create a schedule for the maintenance of your fleet and stick to it. This will help to save you money in the long run and will ensure that all of your vehicles meet the highest standard of safety.
Understand Industry Regulations
As technology changes, so do fleet management laws. As a fleet manager, it is important to stay up to date with the latest rules which may include fuel consumption laws, emissions laws, driver monitoring laws, licensing laws and reporting laws. Knowing the ins and outs of these regulations is essential to staying compliant.
A lack of compliance can lead to disastrous results for a fleet manager. From penalties to legal fees, not staying up to date with the latest regulations can tremendously harm your fleet’s operations.
Streamline Your Fleet Management
Keeping track of everything your fleet needs is very difficult. That is why it is important to get a single fleet software system that maintains every aspect of your fleet. From fuel consumption to driver location, it is essential to maximize your fleets profit by tracking every aspect of its activity.
A fleet management system can provide you with the necessary data and tools such as real-time tracking, fuel monitoring and 2-way communication to make sure your fleet is running as smoothly as possible.
Establish Vehicle Replacement Cycles
Vehicles don’t last forever, that is why it is important to know when one of your trucks or vans needs to be replaced. While holding onto an older vehicle may seem tempting, it may actually be costing you more and putting your drivers at risk. Evaluate your vehicles yearly and be vigil about making all of your vehicles meet the highest safety standards.
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