When you are managing a fleet of drivers, you obviously want to be able to manage this task in the most effective way that you possibly can. However, there is always going to be room for improvement, and this will be detailed to a much greater degree in the following blog post. Hopefully, you will pick up some tips and tricks that help you out with successful fleet management.
Create Clear Policies and Procedures
The creation of clear policies and procedures can certainly help you out in a number of different areas, so if you have not already put together a detailed document, now is the time to think about starting. The processes on this document should cover a number of different areas, such as the vehicle maintenance procedures, driver policies, and fuel purchasing system. When everything is written down in a single place, there is no excuse for drivers not being on the same page. You can also incorporate different training stages to ensure that everybody is being told the same thing to improve driver safety.
Stay on Top of Vehicle Maintenance
Ultimately, there are no excuses for poorly maintained vehicles, and all of the cars and trucks you are using must be properly roadworthy. This means that they should be inspected regularly, and it is also worth building up a close relationship with your mechanic as you are likely to send a lot of work their way. It should also be the responsibility of the drivers to report any issues that they are having with their vehicles at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure that they are dealt with quickly and effectively.
Use Metrics in an Effective Manner
There is no doubt that metrics can be highly useful when you are running and managing a fleet of vehicles. There are a number of different areas that you can keep track of, such as your overall operating costs, the price per mile that you are paying, and the overall time spent on journeys. Rather than just leaving these bits of data on their own, you should remain proactive in working out how they can be utilized in the most effective manner possible.
Maintain Clear Communication with Your Fleet
A fleet manager who is not in contact with their fleet is like a shepherd without a flock. You should regularly keep in contact with your drivers to find out what is going on. This should not be done in an accusatory manner. Instead, it should be a genuine effort to work out how you are going to help alleviate any issues they are having at present.
All of these methods of managing your fleet more effectivly can add up to helping out in a big way, so now is the time to get on top of each and every one of them. By doing these tips, you’ll see far greater performance from your fleet, which can boost profit, reputation, and reliability, allowing you to grow in the future.