With the cost of just about everything rising dramatically at the moment, it is understandable that many businesses are looking for ways to save money. When it comes to truck fleet management it might seem that there is little you can do, but there are in fact a few details that can reduce your expenses no matter how big or small your fleet might be.

1. Managing your fuel spend

We have all seen fuel prices going through the roof, and this can end up being one of your biggest expenses. Whilst you cannot do much about the cost of fuel, you can change how you use it by being more fuel efficient.

This involves looking at the driving behaviours of your fleet to make sure that there is no speeding or excess idling. It is also a good time to remind drivers of the need to avoid harsh accelerations and hard stops wherever possible in order to reduce the amount of fuel that is wasted by careless driving styles.

2. Automated route planning

Andrea Easton, Head of Finance and Operations at Walker Movements commented, “Choosing the best route can save you time on the road, but it can take up huge amounts of time off it. Using an automated process can help to plan more efficient routes which not only use less fuel but also reduces wear and tear and gives you useful data to help with other decisions that need to be made.”

3. Data management

Knowledge is power, so obtaining as much data as possible about your fleet puts you in a better position to manage it. It enables you to see what you are doing well as well as where you can improve and can also highlight team members who might need more support and training to stick to the plan.

4. Size matters

The size of the load and the truck used to carry it will make a difference to the route that your drivers need to take, as not all bridges, tunnels or terrains will be able to accommodate them. Navigation systems that allow drivers to safely manoeuvre heavy loads can make every journey more efficient and ensure the safety of the driver and other road users.

There are realistic maps which help drivers to understand what might be around the next bend and notifications of diversions, closures and traffic help them to modify their route if they need to.

5. Maintenance

Maintenance is vital for keeping any fleet on the road. By performing regular checks on your vehicles, you can help to identify problems before they occur. This keeps your trucks on the road for longer and can help to avoid unexpected and costly repair bills.

6. Communication

Keep clear lines of communication between you and your drivers helps to ensure that the team works together at all times. It allows you to both exchange information, plan effectively and adapt those plans if you need to. You should also make sure that your communication strategy gives you the opportunity to praise those who are doing a good job as it can incentivise them to continue doing so.

7. Go paperless

Paperless Hours of Service (HOS) logbooks help to make it easier to stay compliant, as they are quicker and easier to complete. They can help to improve reporting and allow drivers to maximise their driving time with accurate hours recording.

Truck fleet management can be a complicated task, and the cost factors involved can seem to mount up. However, these tips can go a long way in reducing unnecessary expenditure, helping you keep your profits on track no matter what the world throws at you.