The main focus of a commercial vehicle fleet is to transport material from Point A to Point B – as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unforeseen delays mean a breakdown of the daily timetable, which in turn results in administrative problems and financial losses. Expecting fleet drivers to hurry up somehow and get to their destination is fraught with dangers too, of possible road accidents and vehicle breakdown.
This is especially true with inner city driving, when commercial trucks have to negotiate congested neighborhoods and share road space with other vehicles, two-wheel traffic and pedestrians.
How does a fleet company make city driving much more efficient then?
Here are 5 ways:
# 1: Map Out The Shortcuts
During high-traffic times of day, the wait at stoplights cannot be predicted with any surety. To avoid getting caught up in a snarl of traffic that shaves precious minutes off commute time, it makes much more sense to apprise drivers of alternative shortcut routes – such as boulevards with high speed limits.
# 2: Map Out The School Zones
School zones are sometimes wider than the signs indicate. When drivers are working an unfamiliar route, they may not know the neighborhood well enough to realize this and fail to drive with caution in school zones as necessary during particular times of day. Collating information on this and integrating it into your GPS navigation system makes sure that no driver falls foul of school zone rules.
# 3: Map Out The `Hidden’ Stop Signs
A commercial fleet driver is only as good as his track record, and keeping it clean means obeying all road rules – such as stop signs.
As any driver knows, pro or private, stop signs are not always in perfect view. Decorative walls, trees, bushes, overgrown grass are just some of the things that can hide a stop sign from clear sight. Therefore, knowing where they are in advance will help them be in obedience of traffic laws. And keep their record pristine.
# 4: Map Out The Cheapest Gas Stations
Locating neighborhood gas stations that have the cheapest gas is a great way to conserve a few extra dollars that can accumulate into a neat saving in the long run.
# 5: Map Out The Cheapest Places To Eat
Drivers having information on the most practical and economical eateries in any neighborhood means they won’t be wasting time trying to locate one!
# 5: Pool Insider Information
Invite your fleet drivers to share their personal experience and knowledge of a well-traveled neighborhood route on a common platform where other drivers can access these valuable tips in the future.
After all, the more practical information you can equip your fleet drivers with, the more efficient your on-time performance will get.
Isn’t that every fleet manager’s dream?