4 Ways to improve the efficiency of your fleet

Posted by Andrew Mead

Anyone who manages a fleet will be aware of the importance of improving efficiency – to help save your business valuable time and money. So here are four great ways to do just that…

Reduce Vehicle Speed
You might be surprised to hear that reducing the speed of your fleet can decrease fuel consumption and, in turn, increase efficiency. For example, traveling at 85mph (137kph) as opposed to 70mph (113kph) can increase fuel consumption by at least 25% - and that’s per vehicle!

Educating your drivers is one way to reduce their speed, however, this is likely to make more of an impact if you also call upon the services of GPS tracking systems. With accurate and reliable data on the speed of each vehicle, you can help ensure that your drivers are complying with national and international speed regulations and, in turn, look to increase the efficiency of your fleet. 

Optimise Routing and Dispatching

Effectively managing your routing and dispatching using a GPS tracking system can help you to ensure that your fleet takes the most direct route to any destination – and help lost drivers get back on track as quickly as possible. 

You could also divert drivers in response to traffic issues, assign jobs to the closest driver, and identify any drivers taking unnecessarily long or unauthorised journeys. 

Maintenance 
When managing a fleet, the cost of vehicle maintenance is inevitable. However, there are ways in which you can minimise these costs and ensure that your fleet is as efficient as possible. By utilising your fleet tracking data effectively, you may be able to switch from reactive maintenance to a more pro-active approach – potentially saving you both time and money.

Reduce Idle Times
Idling can have a significant impact on the efficiency of your fleet – increasing fuel consumption (and cost) as well as CO2 emissions. With the help of GPS tracking, you can get your drivers to get into the habit of switching off their engines when they are stationary for a minute or more. 


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