While you may think that your standard fleet management procedures are enough, a fleet management software can offer many advantages. One of the most significant benefits that many business owners never expect is how the fleet tracking software can help their drivers.
1 Drivers Can Get to Destinations More Efficiently
There are so many unexpected obstacles that can delay drivers, including weather conditions, traffic jams, accidents, and road closings. A good fleet management software will consider all obstacles and offer suggestions in real-time.
If there is a giant traffic jam 10 miles away, it should offer an alternative route to prevent drivers from getting stuck in traffic. Drivers should be alerted of upcoming weather conditions as they travel so that they can be better prepared. A lot of the advanced information isn’t available in many GPS systems.
2 Increased Delivery Efficiency
Drivers want to be more productive and take on more routes. But schedules, dispatch, and client transparency can lead to delays and unnecessary downtime. By using fleet tracking software, business owners can help optimize their operations and reduce delays.
This is a win for the business owners as it helps them be more cost-efficient with the way their fleets are being managed. It’s also a win for drivers as they can take on more routes. They also do not have to waste time waiting for clients to get ready after getting to the destination.
3 Improved Cargo Management
It can be challenging to make the most out of the cargo space you have available. An inventory and cargo system offered by a fleet management platform can make all the difference. You can try to make the most of your cargo. You can also allocate the best vehicles for specific shipments for improved fuel efficiency.
Best of all, the costs you save in operations can be spent on rewarding drivers. You can payout bonuses for successful jobs. This will make drivers want to stay with your business, which is very important for long-haul deliveries. As you know, the industry suffers from a shortage of drivers.
4 Better Driving Performance
Even the best of drivers can make mistakes, especially if they’re driving long distances. What may surprise business owners is that a good fleet management platform can help optimize driving performance. It can warn drivers if they’re going either too slow or too fast. It can also track overall performance and make suggestions on what can be improved.
This is a win for drivers as it lets them drive efficiently and stay safe on the road. It’s also a win for the business owner as well as helps prevent costly accidents. Business owners can reduce the risk of having to spend money on repairs and insurance rate hikes resulting from accidents.
5 It Prevents Drivers From Dealing with Downtime
It’s easy to overlook maintenance and repairs for vehicles. As a result, drivers may have to deal with being stranded on the road if there’s a problem with the vehicle. This hurts both the drivers and you as the business owner. Fleet management software can help decrease the likelihood of this scenario happening.
Software can help run diagnostics and keep track of the maintenance and/or repair work the vehicle has been through. It can recommend maintenance work or repairs when needed. This information can be used to schedule the necessary work when there are no deliveries needed.
As a result, there will be less unexpected surprised on the road. Drivers also do not have to deal with delays if the maintenance work is vital such as work on brakes that need to be replaced for a long trip.
These are some of the different ways that fleet tracking software can help drivers. It’s a minimal investment for business owners compared to the returns they can expect to see from improved fleet operation efficiency.
Brian MacIntosh, President, FleetBridge