The Effects of Late Implementation of Fleet Fuel Cards - Impac

The Effects of Late Implementation of Fleet Fuel Cards

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It is no secret that fleet fuel cards have transformed the fleet industry in many ways. However, to this day, a number of fleet companies fail to implement the technology that is available on the market–like fleet fuel cards and others. 

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Fleet owners do not realize the negative effects that late implementation of fleet fuel cards can have on their business.

If a company is late to the connected-vehicle game, here are three downfalls of late adoption that may persuade a switch:

#1: Wasted Fuel. Fleet companies constantly strive to lower overall fuel costs within their operation. Whether a manager has tried economically-powered vehicles, optimized routes and a strict drier policy, an electronic record is key to accurately track and determine fuel spending. 

Fleet fuel cards provide detailed reports, analyses and real-time alerts when unauthorized behavior may be a possibility. 

#2: Insurance Claims and Rates. When fleet drivers are involved in an accident due to a behavior such as distracted driving, there may be a long-term cost. 

With fleet fuel cards, fleet managers can carefully monitor driver behavior–including speeding and rapid acceleration. This data provided by the cards can help fleet managers reduce the risk of future accidents. 

#3: Maintenance Lag. Proper maintenance is an important component of achieving productive fleet management. With that being said, poorly maintained fleet trucks can drain fleet budgets.

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Fleet fuel cards can help keep all trucks up-to-date through a strict maintenance schedule and alerting fleet managers when diagnostic trouble arise. These cards can also produce comprehensive analyses to eliminate overuse.

Impac offers a fleet fuel card program that are tailored to the unique accounting needs of each fleet company within the industry.

At Impac, our flexible point of sale prompting, card level exception reporting, purchase control parameters and innovative reporting products allow fleet managers to manage their fuel programs with ease.

Contact us today to get started.

Safety Programs for a Better Fleet - Impac

Safety Programs for a Better Fleet

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Establishing an effective safety program is key to ensuring the protection of all drivers, vehicles and assets within a fleet company.

Because safety is an ongoing effort in the fleet industry, there is always a reason to improve company safety programs to reduce driver accidents while increasing overall fleet productivity and efficiency. 

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Solidify the Policy

For every safety program, there is a well-established policy put into place that lays the groundwork for enhanced fleet management. Fleet owners must create a clear policy as to what is expected behavior from their fleet drivers. With that being said, manager-to-employee communication is of upmost importance when attempting to improve safety programs. 

Stay Active

When it comes to safety programs, it is important for fleet drivers to consistently review and analyze all company policies and documents pertaining to safety. Fleet policies should never remain static. The fleet policy in place needs to stay up-to-date to address new safety challenges as the years move forward. 

Using Technology 

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Today, fleet safety programs have been transformed through innovative technology. Technologies can be used to review driver performance, such as fleet fuel cards and GPS tracking and reporting systems. When fleet owners use telematics data to monitor their drivers and provide feedback, improved safety programs become a dual effort.

Unfortunately, accidents will happen in the industry. However, a company can reduce their number of preventable accidents to reduce their largest exposure. 

Impac offers a fleet fuel card program, and GPS tracking and reporting system aimed to all-around improve the safety programs of fleet companies, small or large. 

If you’re looking to take your fleet to the next level of safety, contact Impac today. 

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

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All fleet industry professionals know that telematics defines the future of all forms of transportation, including their fleets.  

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

If a fleet company has not yet implemented telematics into their daily operations and their current fleet management system isn’t positivity transforming business, they may want to reconsider. 

Here are a few signs that it may be time to switch to telematics solutions:

#1 Lack of integration. To optimize an operation’s integration efforts to be both efficient and competitive, there needs to be a cohesive element of all aspects of daily operations. The right telematics system will integrate seamlessly with existing fleet software and other productive solutions–allowing a business to achieve growth and success.

#2 Limited scalability. If a fleet business is not noticing continuous business growth, it may be time to implement a new data system. This solution will help address current business problems while promoting growth within the industry. To remain competitive in today’s market, fleets of every size can benefit from utilizing the features and options that telematics has to offer. 

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

Choosing a new, innovative fleet solution may be the next step towards success as a digitally involved and competitive operation. These solutions can increase efficiency, productivity and market reputation while cutting costs.

Impac offers a comprehensive fleet fuel card program and GPS tracking and reporting system–creating a true turnkey solution for all types of fleets within the industry. 

When you’re ready to make the switch, choose Impac. Contact our professionals today! 

4 Purchase Controls Fleet Fuel Cards Offer-Impac

4 Purchase Controls Fleet Fuel Cards Offer

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To help minimize unauthorized fuel spend or fraud and optimize overall business operations, many fleet fuel cards offer a variety of purchase controls to restrict and limit the fueling process.

To ensure a true customized solution, it is important to set the restrictions and controls of the fleet fuel cards that are ideal for the drivers and vehicles that make up a specific fleet. 

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1. Customization by Driver – If all drivers and vehicles within a fleet have similar day-to-day needs, it would be ideal to create one card restriction template to implement for all cards. However, if drivers have different schedules or tasks, it is wise to customize the purchase controls on the fleet fuel cards to be compatible with that specific driver. 

2. Time of Day – Fleet managers can have their fleet fuel cards set to only to be used during a certain time period throughout the day. Therefore, if a driver tries to use the card against the set restriction, the unauthorized behavior will be alerted to the manager. 

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3. Location – Fleet fuel cards can be strict on the fueling locations of truck drivers. With customized limits and restrictions, fleet managers can analyze the routes that their trucks will be driving and ensure they remain within those specific boundaries.  

4. Amount – In regards to limits, is important to consider how much fuel each vehicle uses. Some larger trucks may drive longer distances and require higher daily limits than those of smaller trucks. In addition, consider how many transactions per day a vehicle requires.

The purchase controls utilized on fleet fuel cards should reflect the uniqueness of a business. Impac’s fleet fuel card program offers the most comprehensive tracking and reporting system in the industry today–designed around the need for a single-source provider.

Learn about our fleet fuel card options here or contact Impac today to get started.

Safe, Distraction-Free Entertainment for Fleet Drivers on the Road-Impac Fleet

Safe, Distraction-Free Entertainment for Fleet Drivers on the Road

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For fleet drivers riding solo when traveling, boredom can become a minor setback–eventually leading to drowsiness. 

Because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests fatigue to be the cause of over 20,000 fleet accidents per year, it is important for fleet drivers to find safe and distraction-free methods to stay entertained and focused while on the road.

Apps

Smartphones provide limitless entertainment opportunities for drivers on the road, like Pandora or Spotify to listen to music. In addition, Voice Text Pro can be used to safety drive and text or write novels, and audio book apps can help drivers stay occupied while driving. 

Collecting

Fleet drivers sometimes travel vast distances. When stopping to refuel or grab a bite to eat, pick up a small souvenir from each new location to remember each destination when traveling. 

Exercise

According to the National Institute of Health, more than half of fleet drivers are obese. In order for drivers to maintain a healthy weight, staying active is important. Every time a driver stops for fuel or decides to pull over at a rest stop, hike a simple trail and conduct leg stretches to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Reflection

Many fleet drivers enjoy utilizing the solitude of driving for a time of self-reflection. Not only can drivers have ample time to reflect on their life, but it’s a great method to keep their minds occupied and help pass time. 

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There are many ways for drivers to stay entertained on the road while remaining distraction-free. To help fleet managers ensure their drivers are performing safe, compliant behavior, Impac offers a comprehensive fleet fuel card program and a robust GPS tracking and reporting system–aimed to optimize all fleet operations.

To learn more about how our systems can provide improved safety to your fleet, contact Impac today.

How Universal Fleet Cards Can Reduce Costs-Impac

How Universal Fleet Cards Can Reduce Costs

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Although there are many fleet fuel cards to choose from, universal cards offer many benefits for fleet businesses within the industry. 

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Price fuels vary by gas station. However, possessing the knowledge about which stations offer the best prices and directing drivers to fuel at those fuel locations can lower overall operational costs. Universal fleet cards offer minimal brand restriction–providing consistent savings by shopping across brands.

Universal fleet cards can save significant both driver and managers time. Cardholders can conveniently fuel anywhere, without having to expend time trying to search for a specific retailer. Therefore, it is important to evaluate discount networks and ensure fuel locations along driver routes. 

By allowing drivers to fuel at the most competitively priced locations, universal fleet card programs can bring cost savings not typically found in other fleet card platforms that have limited or brand specific fuel options. 

Impac offers easy-to-use universal fleet fuel cards that can be used at almost any retail site across the country. With 98% of all stations accepting our fleet cards, drivers can better focus on their main job while saving the company money. 

Impac utilizes the industry’s most robust and user-friendly fleet management tools through a secure, web-based online portal. In addition, Impac’s fleet card program sends fleet managers automated instant alerts via texts or email that provide real-time insight of driver activity and behavior. 

With universal fleet cards, the possibilities are endless. Contact Impac today. 

To read more about our universal fleet cards, view our universal card page.

How is the Fleet Industry Changing in the New Year?-Impac

How is the Fleet Industry Changing in the New Year?

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The fleet industry is constantly changing and transforming. While there is a continued emphasis on safety, the development of big data and an increased utilization of telematics, it is only the beginning of what is to come throughout the new year. 

Through thorough research, current fleet practices are evaluated, and the future of the industry is predicted accordingly. Therefore, it is important fleet owners and managers remain up-to-date with industry changes during the new year. 

The Mobility Revolution  

Many fleet companies express interest in concepts of mobility, such as underutilizing a portion of their vehicles each day for value and economic reasoning. Autonomous vehicles provide a safer and more productive workforce and enable a number of new options for fleets within the industry. 

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During the new year, once more drivers become mobile, fleet managers need to listen to their drivers, gather feedback and plan a route for a successful fleet. 

Handling Big Data

As the amount of data available to fleet managers continues to grow due to the abundance of greater technology, fleets are now tasked with the challenge of applying the actionable data to their operations. 

During the new year, it is how fleets handle their big data and direct the data to the appropriate figures in a fleet operation that will determine the strength of that specific company within the industry. 

Safety is the Future

How is the Fleet Industry Changing in the New Year?-Impac

While in-vehicle technology exists, the future of fleet safety in the new year is heavily dependent on the continued development of technology. Telematics is most effective in reducing accidents and recovering real-time fleet data. However, it is important to appropriately implement and utilize the numbers it provides. 

As technology persists to evolve, continued driver education is key to preventing dangerous driving behaviors and creating a greater focus on safety. 

Impac offers both fleet fuel cards and comprehensive GPS tracking and reporting systems–allowing fleet companies to remain up-to-date with changing practices and trends within the industry throughout the new year.

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Staying Competitive: GPS Tracking & Reporting Systems - Impac

Staying Competitive: GPS Tracking & Reporting Systems

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For managing a fleet of any size, transparency has become a critical component to achieve fleet success and remain competitive within the market while utilizing the most prestige technology.

With GPS tracking and reporting systems in place, fleet management has the ability to increase visibility into their drivers and fleets while promoting enhanced customer service and safe driver behavior.

Increase Visibility. As GPS systems offer the ability to see the live location of a fleet truck as well as various aspects of driver behavior, a fleet manager can track efficiency, plan routes, and maintain transparency with customers.

Encourage Safety. GPS tracking provides detailed insight into driver behavior, including customizable alerts and violations for harsh breaking, excessive idling, cornering, and acceleration. This insight allows fleet managers to grasp in-depth knowledge about their drivers and proactively managers behaviors through predictive analysis.

Optimize Analytics for Routes. Tracking and reporting systems can provide fleet managers with robust data on route challenges, traffic behavior, driver behaviors and overall route planning. Companies can use this data to plan optimized driving routes and determine where plans need improvement.

GPS systems not only allow a fleet company to best service its customers, but it gives them a competitive edge against its competitors that is extremely valuable in the long run.

Impac offers a cost-effective GPS tracking solution that helps manage critical mobile resources such as vehicles, movable assets and employees–ultimately increasing efficiencies and cutting costs.

Reliable, feature-rich and easy-to-use, the DYNAGIS-GPS tracking and reporting system from Impac offers real-time tracking for both in-vehicle hardware as well as handheld devices of all kinds. At Impac, we strive a complete system with an extensive selection of customizable reports.

To determine a GPS solution for your fleet, contact Impac today.