In parts of the country, some of the first signs of spring and summer are construction jobs ramping up everywhere you look. The main goal for fleet managers in the construction industry is to track the use of each truck and piece of equipment, including monitoring costs associated with operating each piece, making sure to stay within the company’s fleet budget. They also look for ways to cut vehicle and equipment costs.
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The most common mistake we see when in the process of planning a fleet is to think about cost first, then function later. Purchasing a cheaper vehicle that is not suited for its job may lower the price point up front, but it will end up costing you more down the line.The ideal process for purchasing new vehicles is to work with managers and drivers to identify how the vehicle will be used, what its operational requirements are, and any specifications the driver needs to perform his or her job.
In the past 30 years that I’ve been attending NAFA I&E, I’ve seen an evolution in the industry. In the old days, it was very much about the vehicles themselves and the newest features or maintenance best practices. Today, the focus is on data and analytics, but also on people and work/life balance.
You’ve come to the realization that your business needs a fleet – now what? The next step is deciding if you should lease through a dealership or use a fleet management service. But how to decide? We’ve compiled a list of the benefits of using a fleet management company to help make that decision just a little easier.
Since a substantial portion of your overall fleet expenditures goes towards fuel, you might think that with lower fuel prices, your fleet fuel spending would go down. But really, a large part of this expense is controlled by your drivers. Up to about 30% of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency is influenced by driver behavior. So any fuel savings from lower fuel prices can easily be undone by drivers’ bad habits. An ongoing awareness program for your drivers, focused on safety and sustainability, should result in better driving habits that net lower fuel consumption and costs.
Food shippers find staffing and turnover particularly challenging as they need to hire the “right” person for the job who can deliver food cargo properly and promptly. The job requires a fair amount of physical labor and delivery schedules are both tight and frequent. An added responsibility that drivers from other industries may not face is the requirement to deliver the cargo fresh, frozen, or in accordance with any other temperature specification. This week we’re focusing on some of the most common food industry challenges and what fleet managers can do to address or avoid them.
With spring finally upon us, it’s time to clean away any evidence of winter and think ahead to the warmer months to come. Preventative maintenance now will help prepare your fleet for summertime, which brings a different kind of wear and tear than the wintertime. Here is a 7-point checklist that can help you with preparing for the next season:
With spring right around the corner, landscaping companies will soon be ramping up to meet blossoming demands. It’s go time! And whether you’re waiting for the snow to clear or you’re in a warmer location with year-round landscaping demands, you need to be on top of your equipment requirements heading into the upcoming, extra-busy season. Fleet expenses are a major part of most landscaping companies’ overall budgets and can fluctuate, depending on usage and maintenance. Your fleet is your lifeblood – reliable and well-maintained equipment gets your crews to the jobsites and makes them faster, more efficient, and more profitable.
A couple of weeks ago we talked all about the pros and cons of diesel fuel options; regular, renewable and biodiesel. Renewable gas is an alternative fuel option that works much like regular gasoline, but is sustainable, often cleaner, and, essentially, in infinite supply. This week, we want to address the “green” options for gasoline and answer some of the questions you may have floating around in your mind. Questions such as: “What are the different options? How do I choose which is best for my fleet? Can I blend a new option in or will I have a scheduling nightmare on my hands trying to switch over?”
The ambiguity around what constitutes “normal” wear and tear on company vehicles can be annoying at best, and at worst, costly. It’s important to have a clear understanding and policy of what kind of wear and tear is to be expected and accepted, versus actual damages. It’s important because when it comes to terminating a lease, trading in, or reselling, you don’t want to have any surprises regarding the value of the vehicles. So, what types of wear and tear are to be expected? Let’s break it down by section.