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.