5 Ways to Get Even More Out of your Fleet

And you’d be right! There are plenty of new and exciting ways for you to transform your fleet from a run of the mill fleet to something truly exceptional. So as we’re providers of some of the best fuel tank monitoring systems, here are five ways you can get even more out of your fleet.

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Sharing company cars

Car clubs, or to be more technical car sharing schemes, have the potential to reduce your overall fleet costs while utilising your vehicles to their maximum potential. It also frees up all those lovely car park spaces and contributes towards sustainability targets.

Basically, these schemes work by providing your business with a self-service and fully managed car or van pool which has its own dedicated parking spaces. Employees authorised to use these vehicles simply enter a code or swipe a card over the reader to gain access to the vehicle.

‘Whole Life’ costs of vehicles

When it comes to choosing a car or van, you might be inclined to pick the vehicle with the cheapest upfront price. But if you take a closer look at the long term running costs of these vehicles- bearing in mind to factor in all the areas relating to owning and running them- this will help you get the best value in the long run.

It’s also important to consider the costs of ongoing maintenance, service, repair, tax implications and insurance over the duration of your ownership of the vehicle, which will usually last between two and five years.

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Ultra-low emission vehicles

Ultra-low emission vehicles are becoming the hot item amongst the newer developments in the vehicle world. However, if you’re considering implementing some electric cars into your fleet, you might want to get them as soon as possible.

Over the summer, it was announced that the current version of the plug-in car grant for vehicles emitting less than 75g CO2- which equals about a 35% discount off the basic price of an eligible car up to a value of £5,000- will end this year, so get the orders in now!

Training drivers

You might be lucky enough to never have experienced a glut of at-fault collisions or torn yourself apart over garage bills that are monstrously high due to accidents or excessive wear, but you never know when it could happen. That’s why training your drivers properly is incredibly imperative! It can help your staff develop better hazard awareness as well as better risk-perception skills, which can greatly decrease the chances of seeing one of these vehicles in an accident or collision.

This not only protects your drivers from injury, but also helps with reducing costs of the business.  If you decide to develop your drivers further with training, make sure it meets their specific needs. Remember, these courses can be provided for groups through online courses as well as a more traditional ‘classroom’ setting.

Preparing for a longhaul

Apps are your friend

Yes, apps have been taking the world by storm these past few years, and by now you’re probably sick of hearing about them. Well, you’ll be glad to hear that in amongst the cutting fruit games and the one where you can play with a light sabre, there are apps that are helping fleets slash their admin burdens, increase productivity and keep them in compliance with the latest legislation.

There are hundreds of these little helpers, including one that enables employees to carry out vehicle safety checks instead of using the more traditional paper forms (which then have to be filed, of course).

There is one other way to help you get more out of your fleet, and that’s with a high quality fuel management system. Here at FuelTek, we pride ourselves on being able to provide some of the best fuel management solutions for your fleet. For more information, contact us on 01254 291391 and one of our team will be happy to help!