As a fleet manager, you’ll know that productivity is all about getting more done in less time and for as little money as possible. Much of this responsibility naturally falls on your drivers, since they ultimately dictate whether or not your vehicles are well utilised.
Driver efficiency will help boost your fleet’s overall performance, while an inefficient fleet is likely to suffer, both financially and productively. Here, we gather some top tips to help spur on your drivers to maximise productivity.
Ensuring regular maintenance checks are in place is one way to make sure your vehicles have as much ‘uptime’ as possible. You should inform your drivers as to the importance of preventative maintenance – which may seem inconvenient to some in the short term – and explain the long-term benefits of reducing overall vehicle downtime.
Encourage your team to conduct quick daily checks of their vehicles – examining basics such as fluids, tyres, windscreen wipers and headlights – and have them flag up any potential problems as soon as they’re detected to stop them from getting worse.
Today there are a number of useful mobile tech solutions to help with driver productivity, including apps and computer programs. One of the more recent technological shifts in the industry is the increasing use of telematics in commercial vehicles. Telematics is a term used to encompass a wide range of technologies that can be used to improve fleet efficiency.
Such technologies include route planning and active journey planning software, as well geofencing technology, which alerts you when drivers stray from a pre-specified, designated area. Telematics can significantly help in managing and measuring your fleet’s productivity but can be expensive. For more information on this topic, take a look at our telematics page.