Taking Charge of Fleet Ownership

Fleet ownership has changed due to the pandemic, but there are still many elements that are the same.  For one thing, there’s still the matter of making sure your drivers are trained to handle your fleet’s duties.  You’ve also got to tend to maintenance, whether you have three trucks or 39.

Businesses on the move seem to be best positioned to withstand the ups and downs of this economy.  Deliveries are taking place on a grander scale than ever before.  Smaller delivery vehicles, whether cars, trucks or vans, are on the roads by the hundreds of thousands. It’s the era of the business vehicle while the individual stays working from home.

Fleet owners and managers can use today’s modern tools to keep track on every aspect of the fleet.  This should open up opportunities to stretch their maintenance dollar and avoid bigger repairs. Fleet truck service costs are bound to go up, but an active manager can do a lot to reduce the cost to their business.

Mileage Monitoring and Maintenance

Monitoring your work trucks for signs of wear and tear is essential in any economy, but it is especially important now.  This means keeping an eye on how many miles each truck is traveling, how they are traveling, and where they are traveling.  From fleet manager to each individual driver, it is essential to be aware of the next mileage cap.

Mileage is the first marker for maintenance, but it isn’t the only one. If you have a truck that is driven in heavy stop-and-go traffic, it may need maintenance sooner than the mileage may indicate. Likewise, if you have a van that is routinely overloaded because you are trying to make do with less vehicles, that van may need maintenance sooner. 

Each type of maintenance needs to be given equal attention. It is common to be diligent about oil changes, but some fleet managers cut corners by delaying the other types of maintenance that a truck needs. A wheel alignment may save your tires. New brake fluid and brake pads are essential to safety. 

Rotating the Fleet

Companies can maximize the value of their fleet by using tracking technology. Higher-mileage vehicles can be given lighter routes while lower-mileage vehicles can be shifted into longer hauls. Ideally, managers can maximize the return on their investment by selling fleet vehicles at just the right time, given warranties, repairs and related factors.  

Although there is a tendency to assign a vehicle to a driver, rotating which driver has which vehicle can actually reduce wear and tear.  The truck can take light duty some days and heavy duty others. If you do this with all of your vehicles, you may keep maintenance spread out at longer intervals.  

Invest in Technology

There is technology for so many aspects of fleet ownership.  For starters, GPS can reduce waste on the road by keeping your trucks moving.  Driver monitoring can improve their driving habits and reduce your insurance costs.  Apps that make it easy to maintain records on each fleet vehicle can warn you when a vehicle is getting old or missing a maintenance milestone. 

Often your vehicles are the same brand, even the same make.  As you monitor what happens to a high-mileage truck,  you may be warned about what will happen to others in your fleet. It may help you make decisions about when to sell old vehicles. This may help you upgrade before you waste money on major repairs.  

Fleet managers who embrace technology are bound to see cost savings. Work can continue at its rapid pace without as much impact on the business bottom line.

~ by velofinds on February 15, 2021.

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