Improve Your Fleet Strategy: Ultimate Fleet Management Starter Kit
Are you tired of not being able to bid on jobs because of a diminished fleet? Or want to stop paying for assets that aren’t generating revenue? Implementing an improved fleet management strategy can help you leverage your fleet in a way that maximizes efficiency without minimizing results.
The problem is: How do you create a fleet management strategy? Well, that’s where we come in. This starter kit is designed to help new fleet managers, fleet coordinators, and project managers design a customized approach to fleet operations that allows them to right-size their fleets with ease.
Let’s get started.
A fleet manager’s primary job requirements can be summarized into five areas:
We’ll use these as a starting point for your fleet management strategy.
Aim for 100% fleet utilization
Is an SUV with a low fuel economy the best choice for long-distance journeys? Do you need a new truck rental when you already have one at the site of a stalled construction project?
100% fleet utilization is the practice of tracking your inventory, reducing idle times, and supplementing where necessary. At City Rent a Truck, we call this “right-sizing your fleet,” — meaning you’re only paying for the vehicles you need.
Here are a few ways to do this:
Perform routine checks
As a fleet manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your vehicles perform the way they should. And the best way to do this is to stay on top of your routine inspections.
Being proactive instead of reactive can save you time, money, and headache in the long run, so you must implement routine maintenance now before it’s too late.
Creating a maintenance checklist is an excellent step to take. We suggest starting with the following:
OIL CHANGES EVERY 4,000-10,000 MILES
REPLACE TIRES EVERY 25,000-50,000 MILES
CHANGE AIR FILTERS WHEN DIRTY
ROUTINE WASHES TO REMOVE DIRT AND GRIME
Check out this blog for our favorite tire maintenance tips and tricks!
Improve driver safety and efficiency
Your boss is going to look to you for hiring, firing, and training your drivers. Drivers who are safe and smart when on the road can not only avoid costly accidents, they can also impact your bottom line as well.
The difference between the most and least efficient drivers could be as high as 35% when it comes to performance and cost.
And after diving into your numbers in step one, you’ll see how vital 35% is. We highly recommend implementing a training program that goes over standard driver safety topics, including no texting and driving, wearing a seatbelt, and simply paying attention. But we also recommend that you talk about the parts of driving that are important to your business operations, like:
Check off clerical work
Paperwork isn’t fun, but it is a necessity. As a fleet manager, you’ll be the head honcho in many of these areas, so you must understand the legal and compliance rules associated with fleet management.
Some things to keep in mind include:
Are you in compliance with the Department of Transportation rules in your state?
City Rent a Truck takes care of DOT on all of our vehicles so you don’t have to.
Do your drivers have the appropriate training and licenses for the vehicles you want them to operate?
All City Rent a Truck vehicles are rated under 26,000 lbs GVWR meaning you do not need a special license to drive them.
Are you up to date on all your payments?
One major benefit of renting through us is you forgo the cost of ownership including but not limited to property taxes on each vehicle.
Is your fleet adequately maintained?
City Rent a Truck schedules regular maintenance on all of our vehicles, and will cover general maintenance on all long term rentals and leases.
Are you covered how you should be?
City Rent a Truck offers several optional insurance policies that take the liability off your hands.
Know your numbers
The best way to get yourself started on the path toward optimal operational efficiency is to start monitoring all of the costs associated with operating your fleet.
From fuel to depreciation, every little bit counts in this area. Start by recording your numbers, understanding where you stand, and giving yourself a foundation for change. These are our favorite fleet metrics that you should start tracking and why they’re important.
Once you see where you’re spending money, you’ll be able to start trimming back. Eventually, that will lead to the ability to right-size your fleet with the exact number of vehicles you need.