Most fleet managers usually face the same problems all managers do – effectively managing employees and assets, saving money, and producing results. They also struggle with changes in the market that include supply chain disruptions, difficulties retaining drivers, high fuel costs and more. However, thanks to the recent advancement in telematics and other fleet management software, more avenues are being explored to solve these challenges.
While current fleet management operations can be challenging, more businesses are relying on technology to get ahead. With artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation, and advanced analytics and reports, fleet companies can reshape their operations and improve productivity. Here are some common challenges faced by fleet managers and how we overcome them at Guardian SEA.
1 – Managing Drivers
Maintaining driver productivity is one of the main key challenges for fleet managers. The cost of losing drivers is extremely high and good drivers are the life of fleet businesses. The cost of hiring and training a driver can be offsetted by enforcing good driving behaviour and safety on the road.
So, in order to keep dangerous driving habits including excessive speeding, harsh braking and sudden acceleration in check, creating a driver safety programme is crucial. It will ensure that your drivers practise safe driving habits while adhering to traffic rules and regulations, empowering a safety culture for your fleet.
At Guardian SEA, we improve driver productivity by monitoring and assessing driving habits. We provide vehicle GPS tracking and telematics software that gives businesses an insight into their drivers’ performance and help them make informed decisions. With these insights and reports, fleet managers can reward drivers for excellent driving habits and provide training for drivers who might need them.
2 – Knowledge of vehicle location at all times
Any business that owns a fleet, often has its vehicles spread out across a wide geographical area, state lines and sometimes even international borders. When everything is everywhere, tracking all assets, locating drivers and having effective communication can be challenging especially for fleet managers.
To combat this issue, we use telematics software and vehicle tracking systems in Singapore to solve these concerns. With our fleet management software, locating your vehicles no matter where they are is made possible instantly and effectively. You can either get live updates on all of your fleets or narrow it down to one vehicle at any given moment. With real-time information and insights on your assets and drivers, fleet managers can also respond to any emergencies or dangers immediately.
3 – Managing Fluctuating Fuel Costs
Fuel takes up ⅓ of any business’s overall fleet operating costs. Even when the prices are low, fuel is still a significant expense to any fleet management company and it doesn’t help that the fluctuating prices make it extremely hard to predict how much fuel will cost at any given time.
But, tracking fuel usage, driver behaviour and idling time can help you manage your fleet’s fuel costs over time. One way you can do that is with Guardian SEA’s telematics software. Our vehicle GPS tracking tool will be able to optimise your fleet’s routes to decrease idle time and reduce bad driving habits like speeding, harsh braking as well as excess idling, which not only reduces fuel consumption but also minimises wear and tear on your vehicles. Our fleet management system can track all of this and provide fleet managers with reports and data for any areas that require improvement.
These are just a few common challenges faced by fleet managers. By implementing proper fleet management software, such responsibilities can be tackled effectively to increase productivity and decrease costs. If you want to know more about our fleet management software, contact Guardian SEA today to speak with our experts.