A locally-operated delivery company, a mid-sized drill rig operation or a large nationally operated trucking company or somewhere in-between are all considered fleets, and the type and size will determine how you proceed with the establishment of your fleet management program.
In this article we want to walk you through a few of the basics of fleet management, some of the duties of a fleet manager and provide you with some resources to help you build or improve your fleet management program.
The Role of the Modern Fleet Manager
Fleet managers are becoming more strategic and utilizing data from connected vehicles to predict and solve problems before they happen. Their role may also include: scheduling vehicle maintenance, route planning, record keeping, compliance and adherence to all rules and regulations.
Fleet Managers are also responsible for registering, licensing and keeping inspections up to date; and working with management to meet all organizational budgets while developing procedures to maximize productivity and minimize expenses and waste.
Overwhelmed by Data?
Fleet Managers that are feeling overwhelmed by the data-overload can reduce stress by focusing on what matters most to them. If efficiency and environmental impact is a priority, focus on miles per gallon and emissions.
If fleet safety takes front seat, then focus more on accident and maintenance data. Learning how to analyze data to make key decisions is crucial to a well managed fleet.
Connectivity – a Trend to Watch
As we move towards year-end, some of the top trends for 2019 will continue to move forward into the new year. Fleet telematics will bring more data for fleets to manage, making connectivity the future of fleet management.
To prepare for the future and drive excitement of connectivity it’s important to understand how new technologies will benefit your fleet. Connectivity is changing the way companies track inventory, reduce cost and drive fleet productivity.
Fleet Management Best Practices
Managing a fleet can be expensive and time consuming, following best practices will help you control your fleet, save money and ensure that you are properly maintaining your fleet.
Maintaining your vehicles may be the most important aspect of running your fleet. Staying on schedule with your maintenance program will save money and ensure that all of your vehicles will meet the highest safety standards.
Understanding and staying up to date with industry regulations is essential to staying compliant. Some of the current rules include emission laws, driver monitoring laws, licensing and reporting laws and fuel consumptions laws.
Keeping up to date and tracking everything your fleet needs can be extremely difficult. A single fleet software system can provide you with the tools for real-time tracking, fuel monitoring and the necessary data to keep your fleet running as smoothly as possible.
To help you answer additional questions, we would be happy to schedule time to meet with you and discuss the available fleet management tools specific to your company needs.
Resource – NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for individuals who manage the vehicular fleet and mobility responsibilities for their employers. NAFA propels the fleet and mobility profession through it’s world class certification, education, advocacy, and peer networking programs, and is an essential element of success for individuals involved in the profession.
The undeniable traits for which NAFA is know for are:
Integrity: Demonstrated by uncompromised dedication to being trusted, unbiased and credible source of information and expertise.
Leadership: Demonstrated by professional and personal pride in shaping the future of fleet and mobility management through education and advocacy.
Community: Demonstrated by professional and personal pride in being part of a collegial alliance of individuals with a common passion for excellence, mutual respect, shared experience and collective action.
FREE WHITE PAPER: To receive your FREE copy you will be required to sign up for their free membership. CLICK HERE to sign up and receive your FREE white paper – “Fleet Management and the Connected Vehicle” from NAFA Fleet Management Association.
NOTE: NAFA also offers a PAID MEMBERSHIPS and CHARGES for FLEET Solutions Publications, PAID GUIDES and Educational Material.
Impac Fleet is NOT affiliated with or offers any endorsements for NAFA Fleet Management Association. Impac Fleet is simply providing quality resources for Fleet Management and Fleet Managers.
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