The Convenience And Benefits Of Fleet Management Systems
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Fleet Management is a very important tool in the fleet industry. It primarily
helps fleet managers manage the vehicles in their company's fleet. Instead of
leaving the drivers of vehicles to track cash purchases, fleet management gives
them tool they need to effectively ensure that transport is handled smoothly and
that time is not wasted. This tool helps with planning the most efficient routes
for vehicles, tracking vehicles, tracking mileage and most importantly
monitoring accounts against fraudulent purchases.
There are other factors involved in fleet management which includes fuel and
maintenance management, vehicle financing, diagnostics, health and safety
management. These functions are extremely helpful when a company relies heavily
upon their fleet of vehicles to conduct business. This is especially true for
companies who have to keep track of many vehicles and drivers.
Fleet management is convenient, easy to implement and use because it removes
the risk that is involved in vehicle investment and provides 100% compliance
with Duty of Care government legislation. A company can choose to deal with
these operations in-house or they can outsource the operations to a Fleet
Management provider. Fleet management is so convenient that it is estimated that
it will increase significantly in 2008, especially with the expected rise in
fuel costs and the need to curb those fuel costs as much as possible.
To make fleet management more convenient, there are computer programs
available to aid a business in its fleet management tasks. These tasks can be
vehicle acquisition, vehicle disposal, trip profiling, vehicle dispatch, and can
provide functions such as active disabling (remotely preventing an engine from
starting) and Geo-fencing.
The benefits of fleet management more or less speak for themselves. One
concern is fuel efficiency. Fleet management systems must develop a plan to be
as fuel efficient as possible. This can be through the mapping of the most
efficient routes for the vehicles and even coming up with fuel plans to optimize
fuel spending. Perhaps running as few vehicles as possible may be part of the
plan on light days rather than running multiple vehicles when it isn't needed.
Such strategic planning can keep productivity at optimal levels while saving
money at the same time.
But it is through productivity that profits are going to be made, so fleet
management systems must map out plans to make sure the job gets done in a timely
manner. This also ties in with using vehicle tracking as a way to make sure
vehicles are not straying from the plan and if they do, they can be put back on
track through GPS systems based on cellular triangulation platforms. This is
especially helpful if a vehicle is lost. Instead of driving in circles to find
where they are going, a GPS system can quickly get them back on track.
Mechanical diagnostics is another great benefit of fleet management and
advanced fleet management systems can perform such functions by being able to
connect to the onboard computer of the vehicle. The computer can then gather
information such as mileage, fuel consumption, and other aspects that ensure
So you can probably tell how important fleet management can be for a
business. Having a good system in place can benefit a business in many ways
whether it is knowing when to dispose of an old vehicle and invest in a new one,
or monitoring the activities of the fleet to ensure that business on the road is
being conducted reasonably, cost-efficiently, and in a timely manner. How you
want to manage your fleet is up to you since there are so many levels of
management available from basic functions to advanced functions such as
performing mechanical diagnostics remotely by communicating with the vehicle's
onboard computer. It more or less comes down to how many vehicles you have and
how advanced you want to be.
About the Author
management is a crucial part of business for anyone in the transportation
industry, (or to anyone who is in charge of a group of vehicles). Making use of
an effective management system is sure to alleviate stress.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-02-03 19:38:46 in Business Articles