The challenges of commercial fleet management are relatively similar across the board: vehicle lifecycle strategy, vehicle acquisition, retaining talent, maintenance costs, fuel efficiency, inventory management, etc. Even the size of the fleet doesn’t end up mattering all that much when it comes to these things. But by right-sizing the fleet, the correct upfit, or the appropriate size of the vehicle, the solutions to these challenges can be realized.
So, in addition to the challenges, the solutions end up being pretty much the same, as well. We’re going to take a look at a handful of some of the mistakes that are commonly made and, additionally, how to avoid them.
Upgrades Are Unnecessary
A necessary part of businesses involving trucks, vans, SUVs, etc., is the possibility of always considering an upgrade or upfit. Granted, customization costs a bit of money but, in the long run, it ends up paying off. If you’re purchasing vehicles right from the manufacturer, your car, van, truck, etc. should be able to be “spec’d” to your precise needs. Potential issues with upfit equipment should be covered by warranties.
Leave out the options you don’t need or want and maximize every penny paid by including upgrades that you prefer.
Ignoring The Uniqueness of Vehicles
We’ve all seen it: “One-size-fits-all!” This does not apply to trucks. You may opt for a variety of fleet vehicles to maximize efficiencies and reduce downtime, training, and inventory. Some vehicles are appropriate for both CDL and non-CDL drivers.
Insisting That Drivers Also Be Contortionists
Every day, your drivers use the most important tool in your repertoire – their company vehicle. The ultimate functionality is not being met by your vehicle if your drivers are straining to reach equipment and having to climb around unnecessarily. This can also equate to unhappy employees and avoidable injuries.
Inventory That Is Unorganized
Granted, it’s cheaper to purchase small trucks and service vans to carry around equipment that’s necessary for the job. But if too-small vehicles mean that equipment and inventory will be unorganized, you’re wasting thousands of dollars. The area of your fleet vehicles should be optimized for cargo. Efficient management could include various shelving sizes, bins, customized racks, and other engineering fits.
Overloading Trailers and Trucks
It is not advisable to use the “If it fits it ships.” frame of mind here. Not only will your vehicle experience excessive wear and tear by overweight loads, it’s dangerous for your driver and other drivers. Overloaded vehicles can also cause you to replace tires and brakes more often than needed. Where maintenance costs are concerned, thousands of dollars can be saved by right-sized trucks.
Managing A Sales Vehicle Fleet That Is Oversized
How do you use each vehicle in your fleet? Are you using too big of a vehicle to do too small of a job? Could the same job be done with a more fuel-efficient vehicle that is smaller? You can save on long-term fuel expense and vehicle acquisition costs by right-sizing the vehicles of your sales team.
Count on Mickey Genuine Parts for Fleet Management Assistance
Contact Mickey Genuine Parts today to assist with fleet management. We have conveniently located certified service centers all over the United States. But that’s just the beginning. To find out more, talk to one of our knowledgeable representatives.