Managing a fleet of cars, van, or trucks is much harder than it looks. Not only do you have multiple personalities to contend with, but the drivers come from all walks of life. Interpersonal relationships must be handled with care at times and weeding out the few bad apples is necessary to avoid the whole team taking up new, bad habits.
Driving this push towards improved service levels and greater reliability for suppliers and end customers alike is the new technology behind fleet management. Let’s see what improvements can be made to fleet management using the latest technological innovations.
Heavy on the Left Foot
Knowing where all your vehicles are at any given time helps you to feel more in control. When there are assigned routes and expected arrival times to meet, then it’s much easier to check on the progress of trucks on the road when you have reliable GPS tracking information.
Driver behavior monitoring has improved over the years. It’s now at a point where active monitoring can rate drivers for safety on the road. This includes actions connected to braking – do they leave it too late and then have to step heavily on the brake pedal suddenly? Is this causing breakage of the goods in the back as a result? A breakage can be denied as “it happens,” but in combination with braking data, it become undeniable. Drivers can be re-trained with safer driving methods to avoid a continuation of their bad driving habits.
Speed Demon or Lane Change Adventurer?
Speed limits can be set in the system to determine which drivers go over the legal speed limit or the limit set by the company for safe driving. This can catch situations where a driver’s dinner break is too long, and they go faster to catch up. Spotting a vehicle that hasn’t moved for longer than their break time is difficult to do but seeing an alert about a speed limit breach is much simpler.
Erratic driving can come in the form of frequent lane changes. For larger vehicles, changing lane often is not sensible. Usually smaller vehicles move around them because frequent unnecessarily lane changes tend to cause a corresponding increase in road accidents. Lane changing can also be done to weave through traffic because the delivery times are too short and need changing, or traffic is too congested, and the delivery needs re-routing before reaching that part of the journey.
Profitability at the Core
For fleet managers dealing with numerous vehicles on the road, keeping things humming along smoothly is almost an artform. When goods get to where they’re needed on-time, suppliers and customers are happier. Even though a delivery truck might be destined for a warehouse, they’ll be handling customer orders directly and so a delayed fleet delivery causes a knock-on delay for their end customers too. It all matters.
When using an efficient fleet tracking system that’s packed with features to help fleet managers deal with scores or hundreds of moving vehicles, things run smoothly. The net result for the business is rising profitability. When deliveries break down due to a lack of organization and ineffective management of the fleet, cancelations happen more frequently, and earnings evaporate.
Companies would do well to invest in better fleet management software. Rather than being a hinderance to the drivers, it helps management avoid potential problems before they occur. Ultimately, that saves money while increasing employee safety on the road too.