Fleet Management 101
New to fleet speak? We got you. Here’s a handy guide to the top five things you need to know about fleet management.
The key to any successful fleet, no matter the size or experience, is safety. Courier drivers spend their entire workdays on the road and must interact with environments like inclement weather, unpredictable traffic, time pressure, repetitive movements, and more.
Especially in an industry where even the smallest driver safety protocol breach can be devastating, fleets that have installed onboard vehicle safety technology can both reduce the frequency of incidents and ensure safe driver behaviours in the future. ThinkFleet’s driver safety training programs and onboard telematics help the human element of fleet safety.
Look for options like Samsara dash cam and GPS systems, app-based safety logs, and on-demand driver safety scorecards to maintain fleet driver safety to the highest level.
Businesses can also choose commercial vehicle upfitting to install the most current industry standard features in their fleets. To keep vehicles in optimal physical shape, there are lots of hardware options that help to secure loads, increase vehicle durability, and optimize the use of space. Common upfitting safety features include backup cameras, custom cargo partitions, reflective safety decals, and anti-slip mats and shelving.
ThinkFleet’s modular driver safety options and maintenance packages work together in pursuit of vehicle longevity and cost savings.
Questions about Fleet Safety?
“Fleets that have installed onboard vehicle safety technology can both reduce the frequency of incidents and ensure safe driver behaviours in the future”
Industry Optimization for your fleet
When you spend the bulk of your time on the road, getting the best out of every vehicle is what will make or break the workday. Drivers who have access to the right equipment every day have the best chance to work safe and smart.
Don’t settle for anything less than exactly what the industry demands. The options can be customized every which way based on who, what, and how many in each fleet vehicle.
Look for upfitting services that prioritize safety as well as the needs of your business. Options like vehicle telematics use advanced monitoring technology to stay up to date on maintenance and keeps everyone safe on the road. Custom aftermarket parts and accessory packages can match your commitment to the daily grind using fitted walk-through partitions, anti-slip flooring, and vehicle storage solutions that let you focus on the work.
Industry-optimized vehicles are all available at preferred prices when you use ThinkFleet for vehicle acquisition and upfitting. Plus, when businesses optimize their fleets with the help of long-time industry professionals, every accessory and installation is done right. ThinkFleet’s network can save you thousands in upfront costs and gets you rollin’ faster.
Make sure you get the best bang for your buck with programs like ThinkFleet’s industry standard fleet upfitting. With the right tools and custom aftermarket features, the initial investment to optimize workflow will come back to you in increased efficiency at every turn.
Questions about Fleet Optimization?
“When businesses optimize their fleets with the help of long-time industry professionals, every accessory and installation is done right”
Saving Money with Fleet Management
Listen, sometimes cash is tight. It can cost an arm, a leg, and a steering wheel to keep a fleet running at full capacity, and that takes away from the work. Outsource the logistics and fleet management to the folks who get it and save the extra money instead. It’s that simple.
Fleet management companies can operate with low overhead and have connections all over the automotive industry, so they pass those savings onto their clients. For a significantly lower cost than hiring a whole logistics team, fleet management gives back the time lost to booking maintenance and tracking uptime versus downtime. Fleet owners get to focus on the work again and reduce cost of ownership at every point in their vehicles’ lifecycle.
When you’re looking to save money with fleet management companies, look for programs with consolidated billing for simple administration. It makes tracking expenses simple and allows you to see exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. Make sure that any fleet management services you consider can provide customizable administration and maintenance packages that fit your business so you’re only ever paying for the stuff you need.
Having a dedicated team managing your fleet means that you decrease downtime and optimize uptime without even thinking about it. There are almost endless possibilities for tracking driver and vehicle metrics to save on gas and insurance. Along with scheduling purchasing and maintenance so work schedules aren’t interrupted, bringing fleet management systems on board clears the way for growth.
With ThinkFleet’s national network of vendors, clients get deep discounts on new vehicles and their custom upfitting, financing flexibility, and vehicle lifecycle systems that lower operations costs from every angle. They have a dedicated staff whose job it is to keep your business rollin’ 24 hours a day.
Questions about saving money?
“For a significantly lower cost than hiring a whole logistics team, fleet management gives back the time lost to booking maintenance and tracking uptime versus downtime”
Technology in Fleet Management
Think about the difference between a typewriter and a computer. They can both put words on the page, but only one can seamlessly edit, analyze, and distribute. That’s how vehicles feel before and after they’re upfitted with the right technology to fit their industry.
Don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to vehicle diagnostics and driver safety. The most up-to-date artificial intelligence fleet technology uses driving information, vehicle hardware data, and mobile applications to generate full-picture reports and send them out automatically. Incident reports get generated as they happen to allow for clear communication between dispatch and drivers. Embedded driver safety technology creates lots of opportunities for safety management born from the facts.
ThinkFleet’s custom suite of apps take vehicle maintenance off everyone’s plate. These technologies gather vehicle health information automatically and through daily driver checklists, so maintenance gets booked before uptime is interrupted. It’s possible to find fleet management solutions to everyday inefficiencies that fit the needs of every business, regardless of the industry.
With the right integrated vehicle monitoring tech and experienced fleet management services, businesses can focus on the work and let ThinkFleet manage the fleet. National partnerships with dealerships and mobile mechanics mean every automatic maintenance report actually leads to action. Artificial intelligence monitoring plus custom maintenance schedules and at-the-ready replacement vehicles are the ticket to keeping businesses rolling.
Take the time drain off the calendar; ThinkFleet technology manages vehicle health 24 hours a day without taking the wheels off the road.
Questions about Fleet technology?
“Embedded driver safety technology creates lots of opportunities for safety management born from the facts”
A vehicle on its last legs shouldn’t be on the road. For many businesses with fleets, it’s easy to let maintenance slide because of a host of different things: maybe they can’t afford to lose driving time during the day, maybe the local mechanic’s prices have gone up, or maybe maintenance isn’t on the priority list until it starts to affect business.
The best investment for any fleet is in keeping every vehicle safe and on the road for as many hours a day as they’re needed. Businesses that get the most from their fleet uptime get to stop worrying about when or if breakdowns or accidents happen because the regular maintenance works to prevent issues before they happen (and fix them when they do).
Fleet maintenance plans should do exactly what needs to be done, nothing more, nothing less. Look for maintenance options that can grow alongside the business and take the work out of managing fleet upkeep. ThinkFleet’s modular maintenance programs offer customized technology and coordination for just about everything.
GPS and onboard vehicle monitoring sends out automatic notifications about vehicle health, while drivers use the custom app to log potential maintenance needs before they get on the road every day. ThinkFleet’s crew takes all that info and gets the vehicles in for service without disrupting workflow.
The most effective maintenance happens when businesses don’t have to compromise on the work. Off-peak or overnight work from a mobile mechanic and stress-free prepaid maintenance are just two of the ways ThinkFleet maintenance packages handle the fleet management so you can manage your business.
Questions about Fleet Maintenance?
“The best investment for any fleet is in keeping every vehicle safe and on the road for as many hours a day as they’re needed”