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4 Ways Fleet Management Can Help You Reduce Maintenance Costs

Posted on 11/15/2016 by Lisa Durrett  |  0 Comments

4 Ways Fleet Management Can Help You Reduce Maintenance Costs

If you are an owner or operator of a small fleet of delivery, service or repair trucks, maintenance costs are probably high on your list of worries. Your vehicles are the lifeblood of your business and they need to stay healthy—and stay on the road—so you can maximize revenue. Performing regular maintenance not only ensures that your vehicle is running at top fuel efficiency, but can help prevent costly major repairs down the road, as well as keeping your drivers safe. Online vehicle tracking can help you reduce maintenance costs for your fleet in a number of significant ways—and the time it takes to see a return on your investment may be a shorter window than you think! 

Here are a four ways fleet management solutions can help keep your fleet healthy and reduce maintenance costs:

1) With GPS fleet tracking, you’ll be able to maximize the efficiency of your drivers’ routes. Less time in the vehicle means less wear and tear. You can choose the routes that are shortest, and least likely to cause vehicle damage due to poor road conditions or excessive stop-and-start traffic. With real-time tracking, you’ll be able to respond to circumstances as they arise, changing course to adjust to unexpected shifts in traffic, weather, and natural or man-made disasters.

2) A good fleet management system will allow you to observe the behavior of your drivers to detect excessive speeding and other forms of poor driving, such as hard braking. Monitoring their performance in this way provides an opportunity to help reduce the wear and tear of your fleet. Online vehicle tracking will also detect driver behaviors such as idling too much, leaving the vehicle running while eating lunch, or excessive use of air conditioning. Over time, these practices can cause cumulative wear and tear on your fleet, as well as creating additional costs.

3) GPS fleet tracking also registers when drivers are not following appropriate routes, or otherwise engaging in unauthorized use of your vehicles. These types of behaviors open your vehicles to unnecessary risk of damage. You’ll cut down on maintenance costs significantly if you can curtail them. Fleet tracking allows you to establish geofences as necessary to prevent unnecessary use of vehicles, helping reduce maintenance.

4) Fleet maintenance can help you ensure preventive maintenance is occurring consistently and on schedule. Within an easy-to-use app, you can view details of work completed to extend the life of your vehicles and ensure maintenance policies are being followed and met. Information such as maintenance schedules, logs, intervals, service types, odometer readings and engine hours are all at your fingertips. 

Contact us today to learn more about how to reduce maintenance costs by finding the best GPS vehicle tracking solution for your small business.


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