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Driving Productivity

Driving Productivity

Driver Productivity

Undoubtedly fleet managers are tasked with a multitude of different responsibilities and there is constant discussion about how busy fleet managers are in the workforce. The two largest and most expensive assets to fleet managers are their vehicles and their drivers therefore it is important to find drivers that are reliable, have the necessary requirements for the job and are productive. We will discuss three key aspects that help increase driver productivity.

Technology is a key component to increasing driver productivity. The use of GPS/Telematics solutions help save time and money. With better route planning additional stops can be generated along with a decrease in unnecessary mileage both generating additional profit. Having the ability to find the nearest qualified driver for unexpected calls saves valuable time as well as improving customer service. All of which drive productivity higher!

Proper vehicle maintenance is another factor when looking at increasing productivity. Implementing daily or weekly vehicle inspections will help maintain the vehicles key components. If combined with a GPS/Telematics solution engine management data that is otherwise unavailable is now at your fingertips. Less vehicle downtime = Increased productivity.

Finally let’s talk about driver involvement. Communication with the drivers is an absolute when working to increase productivity. Making sure the drivers are scheduled for training for refresher courses improves driving behavior which decrease wear and tear on the vehicle (as well as making them safer on the road). Coaching drivers on an individual level as well as the use of scorecard reports, will also have positive impact on productivity. Engage in a driving program that publicly acknowledges good driving behavior within the organization. Whether it is simply a certificate or an actual bonus type program working with drivers rather than against them will impact profits!

By implementing a GPS/Telematics solution, properly maintaining vehicle maintenance and better driver communication and involvement, fleet managers across the board will increase their organizations productivity. For more information please contact Fleetistics.

ROI with Fleet Management

ROI with Fleet Management

Return On Investment (ROI)

ROI Fleet Management | Fleetistics

ROI with Fleet Management

Discovering the Hidden Savings with GPS & Telematics!

No matter what industry you are in whether it be HVAC, Construction, Landscaping, or Law Enforcement we all face the same challenges. How do we maximize our bottom-line to increase profit growth? The quickest and most cost-effective way to improve profitability is to reduce expenses.

Fleetistics understands that expenses make up for a large portion of any company’s budget. However, it can be tough looking for opportunities to locate cost savings. Incorporating your telematics solution into your daily tasks can assist with finding savings.

In this article, we will review a wealth of opportunities that fleet managers and fleet operators can use to help improve the company bottom-line.

What Is ROI?

To maximize ROI, you have to first understand what ROI is:

ROI measures the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment’s cost. To calculate ROI, the benefit (or return) of an investment is divided by the cost of the investment, and the result is expressed as a percentage or a ratio such as 3:1. At Fleetistics we like to express the ROI in the number of days to recover the initiial investment and then the benefit in comparison to the monthly subscription service.

 

Where Are the Savings?

Every fleet is unique and requires each fleet manager/operator to calculate cost differently. With our 16+ years in the telematics industry, we have concluded there are two common variables that impact operating costs: vehicle class and vehicle mileage.

If you take a heavy duty (HD) long-haul fleet compared to a light duty (LD) low mileage fleet, you will notice that these vehicles have very different rolling costs per mile. The HD fleet will have higher proportional fuel, maintenance, depreciation and labor costs per mile. There are also several other factors that we need to consider such as
fuel management, reduction in miles, reducing repairs, vehicle maintenance, and driver coaching.

These are all factors that will affect the bottom-line for any organization. How proactive you are in managing these variables will determine your potential savings.

 

Fuel Management

The Fuel Flex Card is one of the simplest ways to help manage cost. Fleetistics offers a fuel card option from WEX called the Flexcard. This card has several great options and features to easily assist in reducing operating costs. Fleetistics has integrated WEX data with your Geotab GPS data for more insight into fuel purchasing and use.
You can view fuel expense data such as:

  • Fuel Type
  • Price Per Gallon
  • Non-Fuel Purchase
  • Security and Protection
  • WEX Mobile App
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When integrated with your Geotab telematics solution, each of these features ensures that your fleet is only using the vehicle only for work purposes. You can also send an alert for unplanned or unauthorized transactions!

These features cut down on fraudulent actions. It will also provide another level of fuel savings.

 

Reduction in Miles = Reduction in Man Hours

Each company is different so the need for man hours and miles will vary. However, if each company can reduce the miles driven from A to B, man-hours will also decrease. By understanding the miles driven between each location, you can see the effectiveness of the routing and scheduling process. Working to reduce the average distance between stops means a lower rolling cost per mile per revenue dollar.

  1. You can monitor the route each driver takes to every stop. Are they taking the most efficient route? If several businesses are in one geographical area, are they completing those stops first or are they bouncing back and forth between stops across town?
  2. Is the driver following, or sticking to, the route plan? Holding the driver to the optimized route plan is essential. If a driver has a favorite spot they like to stop for lunch, add a geofence and view it on the GPS track data to understand the impact on the optimized route. We call this plan versus actual route analysis.

 

Reducing Repairs and Maintenance

Planned and unplanned vehicle maintenance is the one thing that is common among all fleets. As fleet managers know, unplanned maintenance or breakdowns caused by a lack of maintenance, vehicle misuse or aggressive driving can be a costly. This does not have to be the case.

Telematics engine diagnostics data can assist in keeping unplanned maintenance time down by as much as 14%. Interruptions can cost between $100 to $300 per hour. Using your telematics solutions engine diagnostic tool can help prevent large and costly repairs by notifying you of a small issue before it becomes a big issue. Preventing safety issue and roadside breakdowns also avoids costs maintenance related expenses.

 

Driver Coaching

GO Talk Driver CoachBecoming proactive with your fleet is an integral part of your formula for success. Implementing driver training and best practices can quickly reduce fleet operating expenses and help you achieve your ROI sooner.

Not every driver is perfect. Fleets often have good drivers with bad driving habits. These are the drivers you want to target with a telematics solution. The GPS system can see what risky moves they are taking on the road and the built-in driver coaching buzzer will alert them when they are exhibiting unwanted driving behaviors. Driver coaching not only saves the company money but also supports safer driving habits. The goal is to change behavior, not to change drivers.

Here are a few programs and tools we recommend.

  • DriveTRAX – What GPS tracking cannot tell you.
  • Driver Challenge – Raise awareness by creating competition (Gamification).
  • Speeding Violations – Use your reports to see has been violating company driving standards.
  • GO Talk – Verbal instructions through an in-cab speaker to relay a clear coaching message.

Each of these factors offers tangible and quantifiable savings that can be realized given careful examination. As you look to incorporate greater levels of location intelligence into your business, look beyond the obvious benefit of GPS tracking to find other ways your company can save money.

Free Roadside Assistance

Free Roadside Assistance

Geotab Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance for Fleets

Geotab roadside assistance is an easy-to-use solution for dispatching assistance to fleet vehicles in distress.

Roadside Assistance

Geotab is pleased to announce the launch of the Geotab Roadside add-In with the ProPlus service plan — an easy-to-use solution for dispatching roadside assistance to light duty fleet vehicles. Seamlessly integrated with MyGeotab fleet management software and the Geotab Drive mobile app, Geotab Roadside gets your vehicles back on the road and back to business. Learn more about the Geotab tracking device and telematics system.

Geotab Roadside connects Geotab’s best-in-class fleet telematics with the Rapitow roadside assistance network of over 45,000 service providers. Just call or tap for assistance. Services are provided 24/7 and 365 days per year.

 

Requirements:

  1. Light duty vehicles
  2. All vehicles must be on ProPlus for at least a 90 day period
  3. Up to date account balance

 

Services Included:

  1. Battery boost
  2. Flat tire change
  3. Fuel delivery, up to 3 gals
  4. Locksmith
  5. Towing (free up to 25 miles)
  6. Winching (unstuck)
  7. Other – preferred pricing

 

ProPlus Fleet Tracking by Geotab

Geotab Roadside is offered free of charge for light-duty vehicles located in the U.S. and Canada, with a fleet-wide* subscription to the Geotab ProPlus plan. This includes towing for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers), tire changes, battery boosts, fuel delivery, winching and lockout services. Standard rates apply for servicing medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles and for light-duty vehicle services exceeding the no-charge services included.

 

More Information

Fleetistics is a national distributor of the Geotab GPS tracker, telematics and fleet management platform. Contact Fleetistics at 855-300-0527 to learn more about the roadside assistance program included with the ProPlus service plan.

Protecting Your Fleet During a Storm

Protecting Your Fleet During a Storm

Protecting Your Fleet During a Storm

Here are some Related Stories From Hurrican Harvey

Protecting Your Fleet During a Storm

At least 6 of 25 people that died in Hurricane Harvey died driving on flooded roads.


*Realted Source.
  1. Plan and communicate your plan well before the storm.
  2. Issue guidance on what to do if no communication for 48-72 hours. Can they continue to work?
  3. Fuel up vehicles before parking for the storm.
  4. Move vehicles out of the area of possible and if the storm is destructive enough.
  5. If you buy bulk fuel, contact your provider to discuss their plan. You want to get back to work as soon as possible.
  6. Consumable supplies may not be available. Adjust vehicle inventory as needed.
  7. Share employee contact information so they can help each other and share inventory if needed.
  8. Establish several methods of communication such as a Facebook events page or group text messaging.
  9. Don’t drive through moving water. As little as 12” of moving water can wash a vehicle away.
  10. Don’t drive in deep water. Once water enters your engine, it is ruined.
  11. Move vehicles to high ground.
  12. Park vehicles in protected area such as a parking garage.
  13. If parking vehicles outside, park them against a building and face them into the anticipated direction of the wind to improve airflow over the vehicle. You can also park them close to one another to protect the interior vehicles from fly debris.
  14. Remove contents from pickup trucks, clean dirt and rocks from tracks and remove items such as ladders which may turn into projectiles.
  15. Clear the area of debris such as coconuts, rock piles, trash cans, tools, signs and anything not bolted down.
Florida NSC Defensive Driver Course

Florida NSC Defensive Driver Course

National Safety Council DDC

Defensive Driver Course – License Point Reduction

Have you received a ticket out of state? Have you recently moved to Florida but had your license suspended from the previous state you lived in? If so, you may be required to take an in person (classroom setting) Defensive Driver Course. The good news is that we are certified to teach the National Safety Council 6 – 8 Defensive Driver Course.

We understand this is not on the top of your priority list so we make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. We move efficiently through the NSC course material to ensure you at least learn something for your time investment. The day starts at 9 and generally ends about 4:30. Our conference room is comfortable and you are encouraged to bring drinks and food. The shorter the breaks, the quicker we get done.

You can purchase the course through our website www.anythinggps.com or review course content and dates on our main website – click here. We are conveniently located in the NE corner of the Tampa Bay in an area called Wesley Chapel. You’ll receive your certificate of completion the day you take the course.

 

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, feel free to give us a call between the hours of 8 am – 5:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday at: 877-467-0326, option 3.

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