Managing a fleet has become much easier over the last few years, and it is all because of technology. Even if you’re a newbie at handling multiple heavy duty vehicles for your company, you can still outperform the most seasoned of pros with some help from modernised systems.
However, with all the solutions available, companies like Dr Diesel find that it’s a considerable task to choose the right one for their needs. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your fleet maintenance and management processes.
Bring Your Device
Gone are the times when the specialised equipment would have to be issued individually to every vehicle. With the advent of smartphones like Android or iOS devices, drivers can now connect with each other with a tap on an app or a swipe on a screen. As a fleet manager, this means lower IT costs and a much more efficient way to track your fleet.
More and more manufacturers have been including upgrades on their vehicle telematics. Hino, Isuzu, and Volvo trucks no longer need to buy third-party GPS devices because this technology is now built-in on the truck. Without the need to purchase additional devices, this leads to lower administrative costs.
These advances in telematics also provide managers with a whole new perspective on monitoring the performance and maintenance needs of their vehicles. You can run diagnostics remotely and schedule preventative maintenance. All this reduces downtime and maximises efficiency.
Additionally, real-time monitoring of a vehicle’s health and performance has also given managers the ability to spot trends in certain types of vehicles. Doing this can help them in deciding to buy additional trucks.
Being a fleet manager can be hard work. But as technology continues to improve, the job only seems to get easier by the day.