Figure 1- Hints and tips to help ‘novice’ fleet managers find their feet with this role
So, business is picking up now post-lockdown; but, if you have found yourself thrown in at the deep end managing your company’s fleet, you may initially feel somewhat overwhelmed. Vehicle management is an intricate and nuanced role, with a range of jobs that need to be carried out on vehicles at different points in the year to keep track of general maintenance and procurement tasks.
We have put together some hints and tips to help ‘novice’ fleet managers find their feet with this role. The following is by no means exhaustive, and different companies will have their policies to follow, but the basic principles will remain the same for most fleet manager roles.
Safeguard your drivers’ health
Driving all day, satisfying delivery times, and avoiding risks on the road is an exhausting job. Ensure you are talking to your team to help everyone stay healthy, doing what you can to help them keep a healthy work-life balance.
Consider ways to save on fuel
Fuel cards are a great way to keep a close eye on your company’s fuel spend, with most fuel cards offering a decent discount on pump prices and electric vehicle charging stations.
Managing the vehicles on a day-to-day basis
Scheduling maintenance daily is great, giving drivers advance notice when their vehicle will be off the road; however, as any driver will know, cars can break down at the most inconvenient times. Breakdowns, accidents, and punctures can occur at any given moment, so try to build space for contingency into your maintenance plan. In this way, you will have the capacity to deal with unexpected repairs alongside planned jobs and keep everything running smoothly.
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