The different aspects of cost management for a fleet of vehicles requires a vast amount of data, all focused on the question of how to improve fuel usage. With a fleet management system, you gain access to this information.
A large part of the problem of fuel wastage comes from human inefficiency rather than mechanical failure. Drivers might well run a personal errand on the side, something which is very unethical, but that happens quite often. They might also drive an unnecessary extra distance to get lunch at their favourite spot or take the long way round in order to drive in tandem with another driver. All this gets put on your bill. A fleet management system allows you to closely monitor and manage your drivers, their routes and their schedules.
As the system inevitably works with GPS you have the opportunity to know exactly where your drivers are going and to make sure the most efficient route is taken, every time. A further bonus is customer service and satisfaction from your ability to notify your clients ahead of time if a driver is running late as well as being able to notify a customer if they are taking an improper amount of the drivers time, for instance, during an unloading procedure. Another fuel saving feature allows admin staff to alert drivers of heavy congested roads on there routes, all made possible with real time taking.
Fuel prices soar. It is in their nature. And every time they do, you stand the chance of losing money, rather than making it. This is why fuel efficiency is of utmost importance. There are incredible reports available of how much a fleet management system can help with cost management. Fleet management systems should therefore be step one if you want to safeguard yourself against rising gas prices and start getting a greater return of investment on both your vehicles and drivers.