Fleet vehicle utilization is an extremely important parameter for transporters looking to increase efficiencies and cut the costs of their operation. For some logistics managers, this metric is not looked into enough or sufficiently explored when they are looking to minimize costs. The truth is, all activity sectors of a fleet need to be looked into, and assessing fleet usage is something that can definitely help to run a fleet more efficiently and at optimum cost.
When it comes to fleet vehicle utilization, here are the factors you need to examine in order to get a complete view on vehicle usage and which can later be of use in order to take action.
1. Measuring vehicle usage with technology
In order to have a complete view on vehicle usage, first thing you need to do, if you haven’t done so already, is to check the vehicular activity minute after minute and their actual usage. Autoload- an integrated trip management solution provides an invaluable aid in doing this and can be utilized according to specific needs. It allows users to check for time spent at locations, actual vehicle usage in order to evaluate if some can be used differently or at unauthorized locations.
2. Check job scheduling times
Again, on job scheduling times: the best option would surely be to cross-check the information you are able to get via technology and tracking; but before you do it, is there anything in the organizing of jobs for your drivers that you can improve upon and make more efficient? Do drivers know exactly where they need to go so they can easily set off? Is there enough journey time, or is the schedule given unrealistic? Assessing the way you assign jobs or plan for driving might be beneficial per se.
3. Verify your maintenance system and approach
Fleet vehicle usage is not only about having a sensible plan and getting the most out of your vehicles, but it’s also about keeping them on the road all the time—minimising any possibility of downtime. Regular maintenance plays a paramount role in this; so if you are adopting reactive maintenance practices or not doing your walkaround checks, you really need to look into this—there are a lot of ways in which you can control and improve your maintenance approach and system (technology is indeed another method).
4. Constantly check fleet whereabouts
Misuse of company assets, such as using vehicles outside of work hours or outside of designated areas, can result in additional cost to the organization as well as potential litigation risks. The time lapse caused due to unauthorized usage often leads to delay in delivery or harsh driving to compensate for the lost time. Installing a vehicle tracking system in your fleet can provide you with reliable information about the whereabout of your vehicle. Eventually you can keep a check on unauthorized usage of your fleet.
Incase you are facing challenges in improving the efficiency of your fleet, please feel free to get in touch with us for a in person demo of our fleet management system, Autoload.