Can your fleet continue to serve your business effectively? Only if you take the right steps to protect it.
The right knowledge is key to successful, safe fleet operations. And it’s even more vital for a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) that oversees a mobile workforce.
A fleet that works well is beneficial to the entire business that depends on it. But fleet weaknesses — such as frequent downtime, outsized costs, and sudden late-night hassles over accidents — quickly become vulnerabilities that hurt the bottom line.
Fleet management is a demanding job. For anyone who is new to the role, or wants to know they’re doing the job as effectively as possible, it’s wise to go over the challenges involved.
Look closely at a healthy mobile workforce and you’ll find a few processes driving it: clear visibility into fleet performance, good control of costs, and a stellar fleet operation that’s earned its place in the overall corporate outlook.
Driver performance, fleet risk, the costs of vehicle downtime and accidents... all are common anxieties for fleet managers. Given that, it makes sense to lower fleet risk and costs any way you can.
Every business wants to maximise profits and minimise losses. And when a business runs on a fleet, there are special challenges that come with meeting those goals.
Fleets can be tricky to manage - there are so many moving parts that must work together, and work well. You need a strong driving policy, vehicles constantly on the road, a plan to bring accidents (and the associated admin work) to a minimum, and ways to control costs and risk factors.
Even for the most diligent fleet manager, it’s hard to keep tabs on everything that poses a risk to the company fleet. Get everything ‘right’ and you can still find yourself awakened by late-night road incidents, only to deal with the costs and admin from vehicle downtime, liabilities, and third-party negotiations.
Through the holiday season, is your fleet in great working order, ready to face the new year? If not, now’s the time to take corrective action.