Top Pain Points for Fleet Managers
It’s no easy job keeping a fleet of vehicles and equipment running. With so many details to track, fleet managers can struggle to keep their fleet running efficiently — and efficiency is key. Unfortunately, most fleet managers find themselves immersed in tasks that are both time-consuming and add little — if anything — to the bottom line of the company.
Fleet managers are faced with several challenges (or pain points) that impact both productivity and profitability when managing a fleet. Pain points are not serious catastrophes or dire situations. Pain points are generally just routine fleet management circumstances that must be handled as part of the job. These issues are daily occurrences and usually predictable but can make a fleet manager’s day dismal.
Are you stressed over finding cost-effective safety solutions for your fleet and reducing overall costs? Do you struggle to find the right data? Are you concerned about pulling truckers off the road for training? How is your technology treating you and your business? These are just some of the many pain points experienced daily by fleet managers.
Luckily you don’t have to suffer in frustrated silence. There are straightforward solutions fleet managers can use to greatly reduce some of these pain points.
It’s All in the Data … But Where?
Data is driving the trucking industry but fleet managers often have trouble deciphering it, IF they can even find it. Trucking is still in the midst of a digital transformation whether we like it or not, but there will be plenty of advantages that come with the evolution. Along with this digital transformation comes real-time data that promises maximized freight efficiency across a range of metrics.
A recent study revealed that the biggest challenge to fleet management technology is using the data that is generated. Participants pointed to the importance of improving the accuracy and accessibility of data and keeping that quality as technology changes.
Respondents also said that data was difficult to acquire, especially when it comes to licensing reliable data sets from third parties. Recently it has become harder than ever to acquire reliable data from third party sources. It is also a big challenge to find the right data products in the open market.
Data analysis is really about using available information, even third party information, to improve fleet operations. The right data can help you work smarter, not harder. The objective is to generate actions and make choices based on the right facts. In order to not get overwhelmed by data, it’s important to break it into simpler, more general categories.
Fleet telematics involves driver and fleet tracking, monitoring fuel consumption and carbon emissions as well as fleet maintenance. Analyzing and interpreting this data with an eye on goals and efficiency can go a long way in increasing productivity in your fleets.
The Climate Change Conundrum
Environmentalists and climate change experts have raised unwavering awareness about the impending doom of climate change. Some data has pointed to fleet managers and truckers as party to blame due to emissions. There is sufficient scientific evidence that has proved increased carbon emissions have a negative impact on the climate.
While environmental and climate change policies are hurting the fleet management industry, this seems to be just the beginning. So when climate change policies continue to enforce stricter and stricter carbon emission limits, how does a fleet manager navigate this? It’s all in the data. Using appropriate data to estimate your fleet’s carbon emission could prove to be a powerful resource.
Another sure way to go around this is to analyze the data of different vehicles before adding it to your fleet. How does one do this exactly? By using the Donlen’s Vehicle Optimization Model, the fleet manager is able to compare carbon emission calculations of any vehicle. This sort of data is resourceful in makiing accurate decisions regarding vehicle selection.
Ensuring Your Fleet is Safe
Another well-known pain-point for fleet managers and owners is ensuring their vehicles and assets are safe. Most fleet managers have gone through the stress, inconvenience and financial despair of losing a vehicle or asset due to theft or job site misplacement.
So how do managers keep their fleet safe and on track? Once again, the answer is in the data. Vehicle tracking technology and telematics have come a long way. Asset tracking and analyzing your fleet’s data using a video dashcam can prove to be a great resource.
Fleet Management and Minimizing Fuel Cost
Rising fuel costs have become a major pain point for fleet owners and managers. Anyone who owns a vehicle understands that the cost of fuel takes a sizable portion of a budget, and that cost is further amplified as more vehicles are added on to manage. Exploring alternative energy sources and embracing new technologies are long-term solutions that fleet managers should consider.
A good fleet manager can take several actions to minimize ballooning fuel costs and even reduce them. It takes time and hard work, but the rewards can be substantial. Using and analyzing data about fuel consumption and driver behavior is a reliable tool for fleet managers that can save money.
As with every other category fleet costs, fuel cannot be controlled unless it can be measured. Tracking fuel expenses begins with data to a greater extent than any other expense. Fuel transactions throw off a great deal of data, and nearly all of it can be mined savings. The right fleet management systems have relevant data that can pinpoint potential problems.
Avoid Pain Points with the Right System
Pain points are inevitable in all industries. However, following a number of strategies can prove effective for fleet managers. The most beneficial strategy that fleet managers can employ? Easy. Embrace the advantages of advancing technology.
Data from fleet management systems is crucial in helping fleet managers optimize vehicle routes, keep track of the fleet, monitor driver behavior and make appropriate decisions in acquiring new vehicles or assets for the fleet.