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5 fleet management mistakes costing big money

5 Fleet Management Mistakes that are Costing You Big Money

According to the Department of Energy, you can assume that each 5 MPH you drive over 60 MPH is the equivalent of an additional $0.21 per gallon of gas (source).

When you manage a small or medium-sized business, you’re responsible for making critical decisions, such as how to address speeding, that could have a significant impact on your business’s bottom line every day.

Fleet-based businesses are faced with the additional challenge of managing employees who operate vehicles and work in the field. Without the ability to observe workflows and employee behaviors first-hand, managers of fleet-based businesses often have to make decisions based on limited information or anecdotal evidence provided by their drivers and customers. This disconnect can lead to a number of common fleet management mistakes, and can ultimately cost your business big money. Here’s the good news: many of the most common fleet management mistakes are easy to correct using GPS tracking devices.

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One Simple Secret for Reducing Your Fuel Usage

Fuel costs are a significant expense for every fleet-based business. Reducing fuel usage is the most effective way to decrease your business’s fuel costs, but between fluctuating gas prices and understanding how your drivers operate their vehicles while they’re in the field, identifying opportunities to reduce your fleet’s overall fuel usage can be challenging.

We’ll let you in on a secret: reducing your fuel usage is easy when you track your vehicles with GPS tracking devices.

GPS trackers like Linxup collect comprehensive data on vehicle routes and driver behavior, which you can use to reduce your fuel usage by up to 8 gallons per vehicle per month. By simply tracking their vehicles, many fleets are able to reduce their fuel usage by up to 20%.
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7 steps prepare fleet fmcsa electronic logging device eld final rule

7 Steps to Prepare Your Fleet for the FMCSA’s ELD Final Rule

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device (ELD) rule, commonly known as the “ELD mandate”.

When it takes effect in December 2017, the final rule will:

  • Mandate ELD use by all commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HoS) records of duty status (RODS).
  • Establish what supporting documents drivers and carriers must keep.
  • Prohibit harassment of drivers based on ELD data or connected technology such as a fleet management system, and provide recourse for drivers who believe they have been harassed.
  • Set ELD performance and design standards, requiring all ELDs to be certified and registered with the FMCSA.

The key to helping your fleet adopt the new mandate is to begin the process early. This will give you time to work out the kinks of your ELD system and ensure that your drivers fully understand why the new rule exists, including how it can help them cut down on paperwork and time spent manually logging hours of service.

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how to identify unsafe drivers and stop preventable accidents

How to Identify Unsafe Drivers and Stop Preventable Accidents

Maintaining a safe workplace is always a challenge, but when your employees operate a company vehicle and work in the field, that challenge can feel insurmountable.

In a conventional office, overseeing employees, encouraging safe behavior, and remedying common dangers such as exposed cords or wet floors is comparatively straightforward. However, if your employees work remotely, monitoring drivers and identifying and eliminating hazards such as unsafe driving habits is often much more complicated.

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Is Your Fleet Ready for the Upcoming 2G Network Shutdown?

Gone are the days of car phones and answering machines. Mobile phone coverage has greatly improved over the last decade – so much so that service providers have started powering down networks that were once considered state-of-the-art.

AT&T’s decision to shut down their 2G wireless network by the end of 2016 reflects a growing trend in the mobile phone industry towards adopting increasingly powerful networks that are capable of handling more data at faster speeds. While most of today’s smartphones and connected devices already operate on the stronger 3G or 4G networks, the “sunsetting” of 2G networks may have an impact on some of your devices.

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