There are a lot of different fleet management solutions out there—but how many are suited for your company? As it turns out, very few of the solutions available are well-suited for fleets running heavy-duty trucks. Make sure when you’re looking for a better way to manage your fleet, the solution you choose meets the unique needs of your company.
Here are a few ways that truck fleet management software can help you run a more profitable and efficient fleet.
#1: Paperless Compliance
As we navigate this industry, most truck drivers struggle to keep up with all of their paperwork—in fact, this is top of the list when it comes to non-compliance. ELD paperless log books can be set to automatically collect driving data. This can allow your drivers to optimize their driving time by recording single-minute units, as opposed to the standard 15-minute increments. This also makes roadside inspections much quicker, and therefore more efficient.
DVIRs can be completed electronically using only a smartphone now—that means capturing necessary information, photo evidence, and signing off previous reports. The data is uploaded automatically, which means certain things like repairs and new parts can be scheduled and ordered sooner than before.
#2: Use Your Own Device
With certain fleet management software, drivers can use smartphones and/or tablets they already own. This will significantly cut your IT costs, as well as your hardware costs, training requirements, and software licensing costs.
GPS solutions can offer a range of mobile apps to cover compliance, navigation, driver behavior, vehicle inspections, and work order management—and that range is growing all the time. Apps can be easily installed, and in most cases don’t require any extra hardware. This is a simple, easy way to simplify the number of solutions or devices your drivers have to deal with, which improves efficiency as well as on-the-job experience for your drivers.
#3: Built-in Telematics
Traditional telematics require fleet owners to schedule each truck to get aftermarket GPS tracking hardware installed before they could be managed. This leads to unwanted downtime, additional costs, and extra administration. Built-in telematics can solve all of these problems by delivering new trucks with all the necessary hardware already installed. All you have to do is activate your online account, and you have instant truck fleet management.
This option is available now with Hino, Volvo Trucks, and Mack, and is constantly growing.
#4: Truck-Specific Routes
Your drivers don’t need run-of-the-mill navigation, because they aren’t driving run-of-the-mill vehicles. They need navigation software that understands the stress of safely maneuvering an 80,000-pound truck from one place to the other.
GPS vehicle tracking is used by more than 150,000 professional drivers in North America because is comes with significant advantages to keep driver’s safer, and keep their stress level to a minimum. Truck-specific routing helps your drivers avoid roads with weight limits or low bridges, and complies with HAZMAT restrictions. With realistic maps that simulate their next turn, drivers can be more prepared for what’s coming next on their route.
Some companies use trade routes, which aren’t generally shown on standard navigation maps or systems, but with GPS vehicle tracking your drivers have access to this information. Things change quickly on the road, so up-to-the-minute notifications of road closures or detours are also available to your drivers, who can provide verified feedback to increase the accuracy of navigation even further. GPS vehicle tracking can even help minimize hazardous turns by making sure your drivers’ destinations are always on the correct side of the road.
#5: Private Yard Mapping
Most standard navigation software will get you to the street address, but stop there. For commercial truck drivers, that’s not specific enough. Turn-by-turn direction are extremely helpful—it allows you to see private roads, shopping centers, and shipping yards completely mapped out. It can also give you access to important information like gate codes, recommended entry and exit, or any potential hazards.
In general, the last mile is the most costly and the most dangerous—but you can avoid the hassle with turn-by-turn directions and private yard mapping.
#6: Predictive Maintenance
Advanced telematics can give you access to a wealth of new diagnostic data on both the mechanical health and performance of your trucks. Coupled with OEM data, you’re getting a much more accurate picture of how your trucks are performing, as well as early indicators of upcoming maintenance. This allows you to order necessary parts and schedule maintenance in advance, as well as fix minor issues before they become big problems.
This data can also show you trends in wear and tear, so you can purchase new vehicles and develop best practice guidelines more easily and more efficiently.
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