Managing Your Fleet of Vehicles Efficiently – How to Balance Costs

Managing a fleet of vehicles comes with the challenge of balancing costs while maintaining productivity.

Efficiency and cost-saving have become important factors in today’s competitive business landscape, especially in the world of fleet management. The constant rise in fuel prices, maintenance costs, and the need to minimise vehicle downtime has prompted organisations to apply innovative strategies to optimise their operations.

Fuel consumption and associated costs are a primary concern for many businesses. For fleets, fuel continues to be one of the biggest costs and is frequently the one they monitor the most. Fleet managers, nonetheless, are always searching for methods to boost productivity while lowering overall fleet expenses.

Fleet vehicles play a key role in numerous industries, from transportation and logistics to service-focused businesses, therefore, a well-maintained fleet of vehicles is essential.

What can I do to help maintain my fleet?

Optimise route planning:

The higher the mileage, the higher the cost. However, by analysing traffic patterns, traffic times, and road conditions, you can design routes to minimise fuel consumption. This could lead to increased productivity and reliable customer service, meaning better customer satisfaction. Using advanced GPS technology and route optimisation software to plan the most efficient routes is something many fleet managers are turning to. Digital tools are playing a key role in the day-to-day running of businesses, offering better solutions and smoother processes.

Monitor driver behaviour:

Poor driving practices, such as speeding, idling, improper gear shifting, and harsh acceleration, can also lead to excessive fuel consumption; therefore, it is vital to monitor driver behaviour to reduce fleet costs. Although it is important to monitor driver behaviour to reduce costs for your business, it is also crucial to keep track of driving behaviours, as unfortunately accidents can happen, and it is imperative that the correct driving procedures are in place to keep both the driver, passengers, and other pedestrians safe.

Apply effective tyre management:

Tyres are one of the most important assets in your fleet.

According to Driving for Better Business and a survey conducted by Tyresafe, over half of the tyres replaced in the UK are borderline or illegal in terms of tread depth and safety at the point of replacement. Almost 40% of Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) tyres are either borderline or illegal in terms of tread depth and safety at the point of replacement, and specifically, in England, 17.2% of LCV tyres were found to be illegal, while 38.9% were between 1.6mm and 2mm. (Correct as of December 2023)

Keeping tyres in optimal condition helps prevent unexpected repairs. Webfleet’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) takes out the guesswork with real-time checks on tyre pressure and temperature. TPMS notifies you about abnormal pressure or temperature levels, enabling you to address concerns before they lead to potential costly downtime or safety issues.

Using fleet management software can help you track data related to vehicles and route stops. This can then be analysed to help you decide whether you are using the most suitable tyres for any given vehicle in your fleet.

Schedule regular maintenance inspections:

Generally, vehicles that receive regular professional maintenance operate better and last longer. Maintenance issues that go overlooked or put off will eventually result in breakdowns and potential higher repair costs. Vehicle downtime from incidents can cause delays to the service of the day-to-day running of your business; therefore, ensuring that the correct procedures are in place is important, as roadworthy vehicles are the heart of a fleet’s success.

Practice fuel-efficient driving:

One area that is often forgotten about in fleet management is driver training. Ensuring you educate your drivers on speeding, fuel usage, idling, and harsh cornering and braking is key. Drivers who are well-trained are more likely to adhere to traffic laws, hours-of-service regulations, and other legal requirements, reducing the risk of fines and penalties. It is a key investment for any fleet operator looking to improve safety, increase productivity, and enhance overall efficiency. Not only does it benefit your business, but it also promotes safer roads and communities for everyone.

Improve your productivity

All of these solutions can be tailored to the needs of your business. Our partners at Webfleet can optimise your business’s processes through their range of product offerings, from 24/7 vehicle tracking to staying compliant through tachograph downloads and mileage and working time registration.

If you want to boost your fleet’s productivity, we are here to help. Our dedicated Fleet Services department is there to support your business every step of the way.

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