Jubitz Fleet Services
Understanding Fleet Management for Truck Drivers
June 12, 2020
In 2020, the term “fleet management” encompasses a lot of things. If your business owns or utilizes a fleet of vehicles, you likely require some form of fleet management. This looks different for each company, however, they all have the same goal in mind.
What Is Fleet Management?
Fleet management is a system of reducing costs, minimizing risks, improving productivity, increasing the safety of a company’s fleet, and a lot more. With rapid technological advancements, this list only gets longer as industries discover new ways to optimize their business. Many companies now use fleet management software to automate processes and make data-informed business decisions.
What are the responsibilities of a fleet manager?
To provide a more thorough answer on fleet management, it requires an overview of the many different responsibilities that a company may have;
- Fueling: With fuel being the largest cost of all fleets, this one is no surprise. Companies often have their fleet on a fuel card program to not only get the best prices anywhere but to also prevent fraud and receive on-site fueling.
- Acquisition: Another area that fleets can dramatically reduce cost is in manufacturing orders for vehicles and parts. By understanding the specific challenges of your fleet routes, you can arrive at negotiations knowing that the money you’re spending is only on what you need.
- Maintenance: Fleet managers will often set up maintenance schedules that consider their fleets’ parts and manufacturer warranties, saving the company money and maintaining the resale value of their vehicles. An ounce of prevention will save you more money in the long run.
- Safety: It is in everybody’s interest to have a fleet safety program, both for protecting employees and limiting company liability. Fleet management can help implement policies that encourage your drivers to be all-stars on and off the road.
- Performance: In our data-driven world, fleet managers are able to optimize the productivity of their drivers by quickly analyzing fuel consumption, idle times, and more for business reports.
- Regulation: Fleet managers are the ones that must be on top of all ever-changing transportation laws. Closely monitoring new legislation allows for managers to quickly communicate new laws to drivers, potentially avoiding expensive fines and penalties.
What types of fleet management technologies are there?
There is no limit to the number of fleet management services available to companies. To run a well-optimized fleet, your business should be utilizing technologies of all sorts.
- Telematics Vehicular Tracking Technology: Nearly all fleet management services now utilize telematics, an umbrella term for most devices in your truck cab such as GPS and electronic logging. In addition to showing drivers directions, telematics devices can relay actionable data back to fleet managers.
- Fleet Management Software (FMS): Fleet Management Software helps fleet managers do the bulk of their responsibilities in a speedy and user-friendly manner. You’ll discover that FMS services strive to provide an all-in-one experience from exploring performance data to updating driver routes.
What are the qualifications of a fleet manager?
Because the duties required to successfully run a fleet management department are so vast, many fleet managers come from just as diverse of a background. The most important thing is that fleet managers are well-rounded, knowledgeable of their industry, and have prior experience managing similar operations.
In today’s world, you need to have an analytical mindset.
Most fleet managers have a minimum education of an associate’s degree and two years of management experience, but technology is raising expectations of fleet management and those running it. With companies using data for more and more decisions, candidates with a business or finance background are highly favored. Though your core curriculum can be almost anything, picking up a couple of classes in statistics will greatly improve your hireability.
The Future of Fleet Management
Whether you’re a truck driver researching your industry or further pursuing a career in fleet management, staying informed aides communication between the two roles in a constantly changing work environment. Being a fleet manager requires wearing many hats. Let technology lend you a hand.