Fleet Management – Keeping Your Vehicles Productive And Safe
Fleet Breakdown Support and Recovery –
Giving consideration to the number of miles a commercial vehicle travels, as well as the heavy use, wear and tear, things are bound to go wrong from time to time.
Good fleet management is about mitigating risks and reducing the likelihood of vehicle failures. Keeping up with an effective vehicle maintenance schedule and observing regular checks is the first thing to focus on.
Using solutions to control this means you’re not putting your fleet at more risk than needed, while at the same time you’re not wasting money on unnecessary maintenance or servicing.
It’s interesting to note that over 80% of roadside failures for HGVs are caused by tyre issues. The good news is that there are solutions available now that can monitor individual tyres and give advanced warning of impending failure. This can have a significant impact on reducing the considerable costs that might be involved in supporting a large vehicle stuck at the roadside.
Equally, knowing where your vehicles are, exactly and how best to get to them in the quickest possible time are essential for fast roadside assistance or recovery.
Fleet Security, Health and Safety –
Commercial vehicles are prone to a whole range of risks, from simple road traffic collisions, direct attacks, or attempted thefts. These threats can be circumstantial or planned and have criminal intent.
Road rage incidents have also increased significantly in recent years, where simple errors can result in abusive situations or even physical harm to drivers.
This is why good communications, both active and passive, are important to running a safe and secure fleet. Active communications channels give drivers quick ways to alert fleet managers to problems, dangers or incidents. And likewise, passive systems, such as vehicle cameras and monitoring mean you can keep an eye on your fleet vehicles in real time, as well as recording any incidents that might occur.
New, state-of-the-art technology recently developed is even able to observe drivers and give a warning if they are distracted, tired or even falling asleep. Ethical Fleet Managers and Transport Operators want to provide a safe and healthy place for drivers to work.
Fleet Accident / Incident Management –
Once the situation has already occurred you need to focus on what to do next. It doesn’t matter if it’s a minor collision or ‘slow-speed’ incident, or a major accident where possible injury has occurred, you need to act quickly and correctly.
Dealing with the aftermath of a commercial vehicle accident means getting all your facts straight. It’s almost certain that you’ll need to involve your insurance provider, or at least inform them. Then there could be more serious matters to deal with, like Police investigations.
This is where good fleet management comes in and you’re able to drawn down all the possible information needed to deal with the situation. There are specialist teams of Accident Investigators and companies that will help you manage a fleet vehicle incident and accident, like Drive Alive.
This is an essential part and reason for good fleet compliance. You need to be able to prove that your vehicle(s) was regularly inspected, serviced and properly licensed to be on the road.
The same applies to your drivers. Being aware of driver endorsements and other material facts could have an impact on your ability to make a successful insurance claim.
Fleet Financial Management –
One crucial element of effective fleet management is knowing the figures and specifically your operating costs, expenditure, profits and loss. This isn’t just about running a profitable business, it’s also about meeting your obligations for things like taxation, licensing, payroll, etc.
Gone are the days when all these regular tasks need to be handled manually. Smart software solutions and systems can deliver you all the data you need and help to integrate this with your accounting system or methods.
These fleet management tools can be used to fine tune the way you operate your business and give factual information about what’s making you money and what’s costing you money. Small savings and gains across several areas can all add up to significant savings and retention of profits.
Being in the Transport Sector or operating a business that has an internal commercial fleet can be labour intensive in dealing with administration. Larger businesses will know that it can often take the time of several office staff to deal with the day-to-day running of a fleet of vehicles and drivers.
By using these systems and taking advantage of technology that’s available now, any business can produce much higher productivity in their back office operations. Freeing up time from repetitive administrative tasks helps to recover lost time and enable you to focus on more important matters.
Your Next Step –
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