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6 Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs

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Running a fleet of vehicles for any business can be a significant expense. Between fuel, maintenance, insurance and other operating costs, the financial stress can add up quickly. However, there are several strategies and best practices you can implement to reduce the burden of these expenses and improve the overall efficiency of your fleet. In this article, the 1st Call Windscreens team will explore various ways to reduce fleet costs, so you can start sleeping soundly knowing you have everything under control.

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Addressing driving habits

One of the most effective ways to reduce fleet costs is by addressing driving habits. Encourage your drivers to adopt safe and fuel-efficient driving practices. This is because these sorts of driving habits can lead to substantial savings in fuel costs and reduce wear and tear on your vehicles. This means avoiding excessive idling, harsh acceleration and braking, and of course speeding. One way that you can get your drivers to understand the importance of utilising these driving practices is by implementing driver training programmes.

Using technology to your advantage

Modern technology plays a crucial role in managing a fleet efficiently, so make sure that you’re using it to the fullest! Fleet management software and telematics systems can provide valuable insights into your fleet’s performance. These systems allow you to monitor vehicle location, track maintenance schedules, and analyse driver behaviour. By utilising data-driven insights, you can make informed decisions to optimise routes, reduce idle time, and improve overall fleet efficiency. This sort of technology also allows you to identify which drivers have responded well to training, and reward them accordingly, reinforcing their new habits.

Reduce mileage

Reducing unnecessary mileage is a key strategy for cutting costs. The less your vehicles travel, the less fuel they consume, and the lower your maintenance expenses. By encouraging route optimisation, you can ensure that your drivers minimise travel distance and time. This process can be turned into a company-wide training day where common routes are analysed and plotted out – you could also plan for diversions and congestion to maximise efficiency even further.

If your drivers don’t have them already, you could also consider using sat nav systems to help drivers choose the most efficient routes and avoid traffic congestion, which can save both time and fuel. Given just how powerful Google Maps is, even investing in a phone cradle for the dashboard of each vehicle would suffice.

Review loads carried

Carefully review the loads carried by your fleet vehicles. Overloading can lead to increased fuel consumption, accelerated wear and tear on the vehicle, and even safety hazards. Ensure that each vehicle is appropriately loaded, and train your drivers on proper load distribution. This is extremely important for commercial vehicles given how regularly they need to carry heavy loads, and that smaller vehicles may have a surprisingly low maximum payload.

To make sure that your drivers are sticking to the training that they’ve been given, make sure that you regularly inspect and maintain your vehicles.

Taking care of tyres

Healthy tyres are critical to any vehicle’s safety, which is why they are so important for your fleet. Regularly checking tyre pressure and tread depth will ensure optimal performance for your fleet’s tyres, and help your drivers stay safe whilst out on the roads. Implement a proactive tyre maintenance schedule to extend their lifespan and reduce replacement costs, and to get your drivers into positive habits when it comes to looking after their vehicles.

Trade accounts

Establishing trade accounts with suppliers and service providers can help you reduce fleet costs. You can even negotiate discounts and favourable terms for vehicle parts, maintenance, and repairs, ensuring that you are getting the most value possible. Building strong relationships with local mechanics and service centres can lead to cost-effective solutions and quicker turnaround times for repairs.

Interested in reducing your fleet costs?

At 1st Call Windscreens, we offer trade accounts for local businesses that are looking to save money on their fleet. We can provide discounts, dedicated support, priority service and more for our trade account customers, so if you would be interested in improving your fleet’s efficiency, we’re the team you need!

1st Call Windscreens is Kent’s leading windscreen company. We offer a completely mobile service and can even meet the needs of companies much further afield thanks to our network of windscreen repair teams. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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