Cutting Costs and Improving Your Fleet Operations
For fleet managers in the service industry, monitoring employee productivity can be difficult when employees are performing their job duties out in the field. When you can’t monitor employees, you are unable to gain clear insight into your fleet operations. So, how can you be sure where your expenses are going when your employees and vehicles are out of sight?
With fuel and maintenance being essential in order to keep your vehicles running smoothly, it’s important to be aware of how efficiently your vehicles are being used. Fuel costs are constantly fluctuating, and if drivers are taking inefficient routes or idling, they are wasting fuel and increasing engine wear-and-tear. So, what can you do to efficiently monitor and reduce fuel and maintenance spending?
With a GPS fleet tracking solution, you can monitor employee behavior, and see just how efficiently your vehicles are being used. Being able to see exactly where your expenses are going allows you to implement the necessary changes to improve your fleet operations.
GPS fleet tracking also allows you to monitor and reduce excessive vehicle idling, saving you money and reducing the spread of harmful carbon emissions. And with less engine wear-and-tear, maintenance costs are reduced and vehicle life is prolonged. But how can a GPS fleet tracking solution specifically help you improve your fleet operations and reduce costs? In this white paper, we set out to show how service businesses can benefit from a fleet tracking solution and achieve rapid results. First, let’s look at what’s driving service businesses to purchase a fleet tracking solution.
Fuel costs are constantly fluctuating, and if drivers are taking inefficient routes or idling, they’re not just wasting fuel—they’re also increasing engine wear-and-tear.
Inefficiencies within Your Fleet Operations
In addition to being aware of fuel and maintenance costs, you have to also be conscious of employee productivity, driver safety and customer service. If employees are taking long lunches, multiple breaks or stopping at unauthorized locations throughout the day, they are spending less time completing jobs. Fewer jobs completed means less money in your pocket. Not only that, but you’re paying your employees for time they didn’t spend actually working. But if your drivers aren’t being monitored, it’s that much easier for them to get away with it.
What about speeding and aggressive driving? If your drivers aren’t being safe on the roadways, you can face a wide array of problems. When your drivers are speeding, they are giving off a poor impression of your service business. With a damaged reputation, your service business won’t be winning over new customers. Not only that, but if your drivers are speeding,they could end up causing accidents on the roadways. Even if you aren’t the one at fault, you could still end up facing some costly legal claims, leaving you with a dwindling budget.
Along with unsafe driving, poor customer service can also leave a hole in your wallet. If your drivers are showing up late to service appointments, customers aren’t going to view your service business in a positive light. When customers start complaining about inaccurate billing, if you aren’t able to provide them with actual documentation, there’s no way to prove who’s right or wrong. If you’re unable to keep your customers happy, you can end up losing valuable business. While these challenges may seem overwhelming, there is a solution to help you better manage your fleet operations and keep your service business moving forward: GPS fleet tracking.
If employees are taking long lunches, multiple breaks or stopping at unauthorized locations throughout the day, they are spending less time completing jobs.