Small businesses often think there’s no need for tracking company vehicles, but the reality is that keeping tabs on a fleet is always important. Even local firms will encounter drivers who take side trips, leave their vehicles idling or otherwise waste fuel and time. Even perfect drivers can find themselves delayed by traffic jams, construction and other such things. A fleet management system makes it easy for employers to spot these problems and take steps to correct them.
For this reason, even small businesses will often find that it’s a good idea to implement fleet tracking to cut fuel costs and increase delivery efficiency. If your vehicles seem to be using too much fuel for their efficiency rating or you find that deliveries are being delayed, it’s probably a good idea to upgrade from manual methods to a system that can provide more information. A GPS-enabled system can even allow managers to see where the company’s trucks and cars are in real time. This will allow the company to provide immediate help to drivers who are lost, stuck in traffic or who are experiencing problems with their vehicles.
The type of management that should be implemented depends on the size of the company. A firm with just one or two trucks can often get by with some basic tracking, some cellphones and common-sense measures. One of these measures is to have managers run common routes during normal operating hours to see how long it takes and find out whether the planned roads are actually the best ones. Often, a map will show what seems to be a direct route, but on the ground, it’ll turn out to be a bottlenecked mess. A live run of the route will allow managers to spot these problems and plan detours accordingly.
Companies with several trucks will often find it worthwhile to buy EOBRs and software packages outright. A fleet manager can be hired in-house to take care of administrative needs, which the software makes easy. Fleet tracking software has a wide variety of available options, so it’s easy to find a package that serves the needs of a small company. The most basic options provide logging of drive time and other facts, while advanced versions can even inform companies about the driving habits of on-the-road employees. It’s a good idea to start with an expandable package so that it can keep up with the needs of a growing company.
With all of these options, almost every company can find some sort of fleet management system that will suit their needs. Implementing one will help save on fuel and improve delivery times, so most companies will find it worthwhile to do so.
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