Goals are nothing new for successful fleet managers. As we welcome a new year, this is a great time to evaluate your fleet for gaps and problems. Creating solutions today will ensure a better year ahead.
With everything on your plate, however, it can be hard to decide where to start. In this blog, we’ll offer some suggestions for your goals. Using these ideas, you can prioritize your fleet New Year’s resolutions for the greatest returns.
How can I improve my fleet management?
You can improve your fleet management by focusing on driver safety, operational efficiency, and cost savings. By implementing solutions such as telematics, you can guarantee success and growth for your fleet.
Start these improvements with the goals listed below. When you can achieve these objectives, your fleet will thrive.
1. Implement a safety program
If you haven’t already, this should be your top priority. Safety programs combine driver training and monitoring to decrease driving dangers. Start by developing periodic safety sessions with mandatory driver attendance. Use these meetings to address specific problems within your fleet, such as harsh braking or speeding.
Your program should include driver tracking as well. This data shows how well drivers follow your policies. You can also use it to incentivize better driving. Reminding drivers of mistakes and rewarding improvements will keep them safer on the road.
2. Create a positive workplace
Without drivers, you can’t run a successful fleet. They might not be a regular office fixture, but your drivers still need a workplace they can connect to. Build relationships by checking in with them on a regular basis. Listen to their needs and concerns. Once you have this information, use it to improve your processes. Create a strong camaraderie among your team to encourage your drivers to give their best.
3. Utilize preventative maintenance
Where are your vehicles at in their maintenance schedule? A top fleet manager has the ability to confirm that information for the full fleet in just moments. Stay proactive by keeping ahead of this schedule. Use tools that keep every vehicle on track for oil changes, tire rotations, and more. This preventative approach can save money and prevent serious problems when the vehicles are in use.
4. Maintain compliance
From IFTA to DVIRs to HoS, there are plenty of regulations you have to follow. Rather than dealing with it alone, use cutting-edge compliance tools and your team to meet requirements. Making compliance part of your daily routines ensures success and relieves some of the pressure on your shoulders.
5. Stay up-to-date on industry changes
As a fleet manager, you are responsible for your fleet’s success – or lack thereof. No matter the changes required, your preparation determines whether you sink or float. The best way to stay ahead of transitions is to stay informed. Along with keeping up with industry trends, be sure to stay in touch with your vendors. These companies often have insights into the specifics of these changes and the actions you need to take. Your telematics provider, for example, can help you prepare for regulation changes before they take effect. With this foresight, you can keep your fleet on track.
Do you have a fleet manager goal you’re pursuing in 2021? Share it below!