Fleet tracking systems are often promoted as beneficial to both managing and operating a more successful and efficient fleet.
Operating more successfully and in a more efficient manner may encompass a number of different strategies, but the main outcome is often cutting costs. A key area in which money is often wasted is on fuel. However, how this is done is neither obvious nor particularly easy. It is often more a case of changing strategies and protocols, than simply an instant cut in one area.
Fleet management systems help to manage a more efficient fleet, by providing you with data to make informed decisions. But, when it comes to cutting down on fuel, there are numerous ways in which a company can reduce excessive fuel consumption.
Systems like our AdvancedFleet, contain the hardware to allow a CANbus connection. These may provide data on driving behaviour, aggressive accelerating and engine faults. This allows you to inform driver training to improve on these habits, by reducing idling and harsh acceleration.Similarly, reviewing vehicle driving schedules and ensuring efficient loading can cut down on fuel too. However, the most obvious strategy is to reduce mileage. In simple terms, less driving = less fuel. So, how can this be achieved using fleet management software?
Optimise your routes
By tracking your vehicles, you will be able to monitor their locations at any time, from anywhere in the EU. You will be able to look at the actual routes your drivers take, view detours and unauthorised use of your vehicles. By seeing what is happening on the road, you will be able to cut down on unnecessary miles, and therefore fuel costs.
Alongside this, live traffic updates allow you to plan journeys to avoid congestion and ensure efficient routing, avoiding built up areas.
Look at the Numbers
Using the data provided by fleet tracking is key. Fleet tracking can produce graphs, charts and metrics from which you can look at a multitude of key areas, such as vehicle efficiency, mileage and time on the road. This data gives you empirical evidence, from which you can make informed strategies to reduce wastage and inform policy making. It also allows you review individual cases, and see where problems may arise.
Finally, using the data from vehicle tracking, you can target the areas which are flagged up. You will be able to make specific strategies to prevent leaking money, instead of making blanket policies. Similarly, old strategies can be revised if they no longer apply to your business. By keeping targets specific and focussed, you will be able to make better and more effective changes.
Our AdvancedFleet fleet management system, comprises a combination of fleet tracking, remote tachograph downloads and vehicle maintenance alerts. The comprehensive solution will help allow you to run a more efficient and cost-effective fleet. For more information on out AdvancedFleet System Click here, or call 0208 391 8360.