If you run any kind of business with multiple commercial vehicles, your fleet is very likely your livelihood. The moment a vehicle breaks down, runs out of fuel, or goes off route is a moment that could end up affecting your bottom line. If you'd like to make your life easier as your business and fleet continue to grow, it might be time to consider dedicated fleet management. A professional fleet management system can provide insight into your fleet that you soon won't be able to do without. Here are just some of the benefits that you could soon enjoy.
Refueling Made Easy
If your fleet frequently travels long distances, one of the most important things your drivers will have to do on a daily basis is refuel the vehicle. But refueling takes up valuable time, especially if the driver goes off of your preferred route to find a place to get that fuel.
With a fleet management system, you can see at a glance how much fuel each of your vehicles should have left at any given moment. You can also see the preferred refueling spots along all of your company's routes. This information can be passed along to or also viewed in real-time by your drivers. This will ensure that refueling happens quickly and without resulting in a detour that could cost you money. You'll also be able to plan out future routes with at least some information about possible refueling spots already in the system.
Know Where Your Cargo Is at All Times
Fleet management systems use GPS to relay valuable location information back to you at company headquarters and potentially also to your customers or clients. You can use this information to let customers know exactly where their cargo or shipment is and provide an estimate for when it should get to its final location. Being able to provide reliable information like this 24/7 to your customers, clients, or business partners will improve overall confidence in your operation and could likely lead to repeat business.
This could also prevent your customer service line from being bombarded with phone calls. Customers won't have to call for a shipping update because they can go to your website and see real-time information provided by the fleet management system.
Stay Up to Date with Maintenance
A fleet management system can also alert you when a vehicle may require maintenance or inspection. With regular updates, you'll significantly reduce the number of breakdowns you suffer on the open road, preserving your bottom line and making life much easier for your drivers and other employees.
Contact a company that provides fleet management services today for more information.