What is Fleet Optimization?
Fleet optimization is the process of increasing the productivity of your fleet in order to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and reach optimal fleet efficiency. Key metrics to look at include:
Fuel management – monitor fuel use, increase efficiency & decrease cost
Fleet utilization – monitor vehicle usage to validate if they are being used efficiently
Fleet maintenance– proactively implement preventative maintenance to maximize up-time and minimize maintenance costs
Fleet safety– monitor driver behavior to improve driver and public safety
Fleet utilization is using data to understand how vehicles are being used and help identify areas where inefficiencies may exist. Fleet utilization metrics include days driven, drive time, idle time, maintenance events, and mileage.
Fleet managers are constantly juggling tasks, their main challenge is increasing productivity and controlling fleet costs.
Using GPS tracking and fleet management software is one of the most effective ways to help achieve fleet optimization.
How autocavoFleet can help improve fleet optimization
Fuel is one of the biggest expenses for fleets. Gain better visibility of your fleet fuel usage trends with reports that show fuel consumption, cost, and economy for your entire fleet.
Monitor driver behavior
Monitoring driver behavior in real time can help ensure the safety of your vehicle operators and other drivers on the road. Some of the positive results of having well-trained drivers include reduced vehicle wear & tear, fuel usage, and costs of preventable collisions due to distracted driving. Set up rules and real-time alerts to manage speeding, vehicle idle time, harsh acceleration, and more unwanted driving behaviors. Combine data collected from reports with a driver training program to develop safe, efficient driving habits.
Preventative maintenance & vehicle health
A preventative maintenance schedule can reduce vehicle downtime, extend vehicle life and reduce maintenance costs in the long term. Set service interval reminders based on vehicle OEM recommendations and usage. Get error codes from diagnostic information to know what needs to be repaired. Set up alerts to empower fleet managers and employees to take action on issues as soon as they arise.
Monitor vehicle runtime and idle time
View detailed reports on vehicle runtime and idle time. Identify vehicles that are being underused as well as vehicles that have reached their peak of your vehicle lifecycle policy.
Geofencing – monitor time spent on a job
A geofence allows you to define a geographic boundary and receive alerts when a vehicle has entered or left a set location. Benefits of using geofences include:
- Increase driver accountability and customer satisfaction
- Improve productivity – knowing how long it takes for a job to be completed helps identify when there is room for improvement
- Reduce improper usage of vehicles and potential theft by setting up alerts to know when a vehicle is being used after hours or in a non-authorized location
- Spend less time on the payroll for employees paid on an hourly basis
Real-time GPS tracking
Knowing where your fleet is in real-time can help you ensure your drivers are where they need to be. Improve dispatching and the ability to respond to emergencies in a timely manner by rerouting nearby vehicles. Safety can also be improved by knowing the real-time location of a vehicle if an operator or vehicle is in distress.
Get started with autocavo’s feature-rich GPS tracking and fleet management system, autocavoFleet, for as low as $9.95/month per vehicle.