5 ways to prepare your fleet for 2020

It’s time to wrap up the year and take a closer look at how your fleet performed in 2019 and identify areas of opportunity in 2020. As you dive deep into your telematics data to see where you can optimize your fleet’s operations and tools, you might want to keep these five areas of improvement in the back of your mind.

Make 2020 the best year for your fleet by following these five ways to go into the New Year ready to tackle any challenge your fleet faces.

1. Vehicle upgrades

No, we’re not suggesting your blow most of your budget in the New Year by replacing vehicles, we’re suggesting upgrading your current vehicles! By optimizing or calibrating each vehicle’s engine to use fuel more efficiently, you can enjoy great cost savings with vehicles you already have. 

Fuel costs take up a large chunk of change and can be hard to predict, so make your vehicles more predictable at how they burn fuel to keep fuel costs low. At Derive, we do this by lowering the idle RPM and installing speed limiters, which saves fuel, can save lives, and can save on insurance premiums and speeding fines.

2. Utilize telematics and mobile apps

Connect drivers to the central system by using a telematics solution that provides driver mobile apps. Drivers can check their driver scorecards and keep their driving habits in check while the fleet manager can monitor and analyze all aspects of the fleet from one software.

Telematics software is invaluable to today’s fleet managers and the ability to access that data on the go or when you’re away from your desk makes managing your fleet easier than ever.

3. Review safety policies

An annual refresher on your fleet’s safety policies is beneficial for your drivers, especially when they’re operating in winter driving conditions. Discuss what drivers should do during an emergency, remind them of distracted driving and seatbelt policies, and enforce compliance with posted speed limits – or install speed limiters to put the brakes on speeding all together.

Drivers can go through a refresher course or these could be reviewed prior to a holiday party or annual review. Be sure to remind your drivers where they can access additional educational materials or copies of the policies.

4. Schedule preventative maintenance services

Proper maintenance of your fleet vehicles is imperative to running a successful fleet operation. It may seem like a big investment upfront, but the long-term benefits outweigh the initial expense by extending each vehicle’s life, reducing downtime, and stopping problems before they’re too costly or hard to repair. Regular servicing is made easier with telematics as the software can create a schedule for each vehicle to automate the process and schedule repairs based on diagnostic codes.

Interested in fleet maintenance? Read our blog: 6 tips for managing your fleet's maintenance!

5. Review routes and geofences

When’s the last time you took a closer look at your routes or geofences? Planning efficient routes can improve your fleet’s fuel efficiency, safety, and driver productivity, as well as establishing geofences and alerts for when drivers go off-route.

The countdown to 2020 is on and we want your fleet prepared for the New Year so don’t miss your last chance to download your free guide to a successful 2020!