How Fleets Can Minimize Downtime

22 Aug 2018

Most fleet managers dream of finding new and exciting ways to reduce downtime for their fleet drivers. It might sound like a tall order, but there are steps you can take that will help minimize downtime allowing you to enjoy greater productivity from drivers and higher overall profits.

According to Fleet Answers, vehicle downtime costs between $400 and $700 per day, per vehicle. The less interruptions you face for your fleet, the better. Not only are days on the road costly, but small increments of time can be as well as they lead to unnecessary overtime for drivers, fewer deliveries in a day, and dissatisfied customers and drivers. Use these tips to enjoy a marked reduction in downtime for your fleet.

Reduce Accidents by Addressing Driver Behaviors

Accidents and breakdowns account for the longest-lasting and costliest downtime incidents for your fleet. Reducing the risks of accidents for your fleet involves one or two things. Improving the condition of your vehicles to avoid mechanically related accidents or changing the behaviors of your drivers.

This involves creating policies that encourage safe driving practices, providing training on safe driving practices, and developing ways to recognize negative driving behavior and to enforce new policies for safer driving (GPS, which we will discuss later, can be instrumental).

Install GPS Tracking on All Fleet Vehicles

GPS fleet tracking is about so much more than just cutting the costs of fuel or getting driving directions. While it does help accomplish both those things, it can also be instrumental in keeping your business on track for the following activities which will help minimize your fleet downtime:

  • Send preventative maintenance alerts.
  • Optimize driving routes so drivers get more accomplished within the day.
  • Sending alerts concerning bad driver behaviors like speeding, hard braking, etc.
  • Keeping drivers on their assigned routes by using geofencing technology to send alerts when drivers deviate from routes.
  • Tracking driver locations throughout the day to reduce wasted hours.

As you can see, there’s more than one benefit for using GPS tracking to reduce fleet downtime. Just think of the difference it can make for your bottom line.

Invest in Fleet Fueling Services for After-Hours Refueling

Your drivers have specific skills and jobs to perform. Time spent fueling fleet vehicles takes away from time they could spend in more profitable pursuits for your business. Invest in services to do this after hours and free up your drivers to do what they do best.

Reducing downtime for your fleet is instrumental in keeping profits up and costs down. These are just a few simple steps that can make a huge difference for your business.

Reach out to us here at LiveViewGPS if you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of GPS fleet tracking, including minimizing downtime. Call us at 1-888-544-0494 , email us at or chat with us live online.

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