With rising fuel prices combined with the current economic climate, it has become even more important to address the cost related issues of fleet management. Reducing operational costs is at the top of the managers’ agenda. One can accomplish this through more efficient fuel monitoring, maintenance management, and driver behavior by implementing fleet tracking systems.
2013 is going to be a year when many companies still plan to do more with less. This won’t be easy, but fleet managers can maximise the performance of their drivers and extend vehicle life while also saving on operational costs. Here are some of the ways to get this done:
- Lower maintenance costs – fleet tracking systems can help with managing your maintenance schedules.
- Reduce carbon emissions and save on fuel – fleet tracking systems will allow you to monitor driver activities such as speeding, excessive idling and route deviation, which will lead to fuel savings.
- Manage productivity – optimise the use and number of vehicles and equipment needed to complete work efficiently.
Monitoring your drivers will also result in safer drivers, which in turn will create cost-effective drivers. By driving less aggressively and at slower speeds, they will have fewer accidents and their efficiency will show on lower fuel bills. But monitoring needs to be preceded by a comprehensive training on economic and safe driving techniques.
Equipped with the driving metrics from the telematics systems, recommendations on training can be made for individual drivers, resulting in lower accidents and help to manage the risks and costs associated with work-related driving.
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