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3 Fleet Management Tips For An Efficient 2018

3 Fleet Management Tips For An Efficient 2018

As fuel prices rise again for the third consecutive month, more and more fleet managers are getting serious about running their vehicles at maximum efficiency.

Sure, oil prices aren’t getting any lower, and instead of converting to a hybrid or all electric fleet, there isn’t much we can do about diesel and petrol hitting their highest prices since 2014. However, thanks to advancing company car tech, there are more options than ever for getting the most out of your fleet.

So, whether you're not yet ready to embrace the electric revolution or you already have but want to optimise your vehicles even more, check out our three favourite ways for increasing the efficiency of your fleet in 2018.

1. Manage driving habits

Although tricky to implement and monitor, changing the habits of your drivers is one of the best ways to increase the efficiency of your fleet.

Car tech has advanced to help manage things engine idling, motorway redlining, and poor gear shifting for this very reason. And so when leasing or updating their fleets, businesses should look for leading company cars that offer these features as standard, or at least optional extras.

You don’t need tech, however, to educate drivers of best practices when it comes to vehicle management. For example, if a vehicle’s tires are inflated correctly, its gas mileage can increase by as much as three percent.

2. Track data and telematics

If you’re running a fleet of vehicles on a daily basis, you have access to a wealth of information and data that can help it more efficiently. The best way to make use of this data is by working with an experienced fleet management company. However, telematics systems are becoming more affordable even for small businesses.

Telematic systems take your data and allow you to see the areas that can be optimised. They can tell you everything from GPS location, cruising speed, and fuel usage, to engine performance, driving routes, and tire pressure. Along with informing you of their optimal levels for maximum efficiency.

3. Focus on preventative measures

Although many businesses don’t realise it until it’s too late, taking preventative measures is one of the best ways to save money and run an efficient fleet.

For instance, if an accident occurs, not only could it cost a small fortunate to repair the damage, but the driver could also be out for an extended period of time and you may have to hire and train new staff. Therefore, it makes good financial sense to take regular action to prevent potential disruptions and safeguard your vehicles and drivers.

It’s recommended that each car in a fleet should receive a full service at least every 12,000 miles or 12 months — whichever comes sooner. But to ensure they stay at their best health, you could also put them in for an interim service after half that time or mileage.

If you’d like to find out about our company car leasing options or our fleet management service, send us an email at info@marshall-leasing.co.uk or call us on 01480 414541.

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