Fleet management has its inherent difficulties because you are taking care of three core areas: the vehicles, the drivers, and the company. Fleet managers need to go through several next-model-year OEM fleet meetings, new-model introductions, and industry conferences. They need to stay on top of the latest trends and “talk fleet” with the movers and shakers of the industry.
Here are some of the challenges of fleet management that fleet managers need to address to maintain efficiency and operate their vehicles in optimal condition.
Safety is a top priority for all companies, but the increasing layers of safety measures added to newer company vehicles make it a more expensive prospect for a fleet. The trick is in balancing how you can still have all the latest safety technologies without breaking the operating budget. This problem is made more difficult with the challenge of getting the latest safety tech in lower-trim level models or full-size vans.
With all these new features in vehicles today, fleet managers worry about drivers who get too dependent on technology to protect them. Fleet managers have noticed that drivers are becoming too reliant on these innovations, such as back-up cameras.
When vehicles are being recalled, fleet managers need to encourage their drivers to get a recalled vehicle to a dealer because this is usually not a top priority for many drivers.
Fleet managers need to educate drivers on distracted driving. Zero tolerance policies that get employees fired because of the use of mobile phones while driving a company vehicle have data to support that this method is effective.
Another challenge facing fleet managers is the ever-increasing number of requests for larger or more customized vehicles due to the driver’s medical conditions or physical limitations. The dilemma is determining which requests are legitimate versus requests from less than honest drivers angling for a more comfortable vehicle.
Managers understand that the optimal use of company assets like fleet vehicles depend on how well the drivers take care of the car or truck. Drivers should be properly trained to improve fuel economy, extend the life of items such as tires, brakes, etc., maintain the overall condition of a vehicle, and best practices on how to prevent accidents. Their actions directly influence the life and resale value of the vehicles they are driving.
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Despite general support for improving safety in their fleet, the cost of adding new safety features may make management’s approval difficult. It’s always a challenge to convince senior management to order new safety tech on company vehicles.
Fleet managers must also figure out how to reduce costs while keeping drivers happy, particularly when these cost-saving measures may impact productivity and morale.
Since almost everything in fleet management involve money, managers need to squeeze every penny out of operating budgets without lowering the resale value of these vehicles.
Although upper management supports the concept of sustainability, unrealistic ROI expectations make it hard for them to commit to expensive alternative fuel vehicles. The problem is compounded when incentives are beginning to dwindle and gasoline/diesel fuel prices remain low. Getting management to buy into a break-even investment for the sake of reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions continues to be a challenge.
Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email Steve Gruber at firstname.lastname@example.org for your truck or fleet rental, leasing and maintenance needs. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of work vehicles for lease or rent, and an expert team that provides fleet management services for large industrial firms. We service all of Southern Ontario from our locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara, as well as through our growing list of service partners