If you’re using a fleet of vehicles, whether they be cars, vans, trucks, or otherwise, to run a mobile business, and they serve as the primary delivery vehicle through which your clients and customers receive goods and services, then you have to make sure that you’re paying them the appropriate attention. Here, we’re going to look at some of the needs of the business fleet that can often go under the radar and how being proactive with them can lead to much easier profits in your business.
Select the right vehicles
First and foremost, you should always ensure that you’re choosing only the most purpose-fit vehicles to suit your fleet. Think about the commercial requirement that they have to fulfill but, beyond that, compare their whole life costs, including things like VAT and deprecation alongside repairs, replacements, and fuel. Choose the vehicles that not only suit your purpose, but your budget.
Track your fleet
If the efficiency of your fleet determines the efficiency with which you deliver goods and services, then any improvements you can make to how they operate on the road is a money-making decision. Fleet tracking technology, when paired with fleet management software can help you get a better look at how they operate on the road and allow your dispatch center to direct them in ways to select the most efficient routes, avoid traffic, and more.
Maintain your fleet
The efficiency of any vehicle is going to be greatly impeded by the wear and tear, malfunctions, and other issues that come from spending so much time on the road. As such, you should be proactive with your maintenance, working to a routine with each and every vehicle, and have a team for commercial vehicle repairs available on call so that, when problems do arise, you can easily fix them. Failing to be proactive with vehicles can lead to much more expensive failures and replacements that could have been avoided.
Train your drivers
Accidents and collisions can be amongst the most costly sources of loss for your business. Not only do you have to pay for repairs, but insurance, potential legal costs, and the loss of revenue from having to take a vehicle off the road can all really bite into your profits. Unsafe driving behaviour is the single most common cause of road incidents, so driver training, including automated driver coaching, can ensure that you’re staying on top of any bad habits and training them out of your team.
Consider a fleet manager
If managing all of the above sounds like a lot to take on your shoulders as the owner of the business, then you might want to consider ensuring that you have someone to oversee all of those duties. Any fleet big enough is going to need a fleet manager who is able to devote their time to overseeing its successful operation and the minimisation of loss.
Any mobile business depends on the success they have with running their fleet of vehicles. Keep the tips above in mind especially if you’re looking to grow your fleet out.