5 New Year's resolutions for your fleet

As 2014 comes to an end, a fleet manager may be reflecting on the year past, as well as focusing on how to improve services in the next 12 months.

Any business will want to improve, and a new year can be just the time to make a change. So popular is this period that people adopt personal goals in the form of New Year's resolutions.

Instead, why not take this initiative with your fleet and look at the ways you can develop your business for 2015? To help, here are five resolutions to consider:

1. I will improve fuel efficiency

With fuel costs rising around the nation, reducing fuel consumption in your fleet can be one of the most effective and cost-saving resolutions you can make.

This is particularly true if you live in an area with sky-high petrol prices. As always, the cost of running a fleet is only going to rise this year, and the bigger your enterprise the more you are likely to spend.

While you may not be able to affect the cost of fuel, you can manage your fleet to reduce your dependency on such a financially volatile resource.

2. I will strengthen occupational health and safety (OHS)

Keeping drivers safe is one of the key concerns for a fleet manager. OHS can be improved in a number of ways, from buying safer fleet vehicles with the latest driver assist technology to avoiding dangerous roads.

As the new year kicks off, it could be the perfect time to announce a new and improved commitment to driver welfare.

3. I will keep on top of maintenance

Along with fuel prices, fleet maintenance can be a costly affair. Fleet vehicles spend a lot of time on the roads and will be susceptible to huge amounts of wear and tear.

Start the new year in the right way by keeping on top of your maintenance schedule. Smartfleet's maintenance program can remind you when this needs doing throughout the year, as well as monitoring and managing repairs and services and even finding discount providers.

4. I will cut road time

Reducing the amount of times drivers spend on roads can prove invaluable to improving employee satisfaction.

No one likes to be stuck in traffic, and with vehicles spending less time ticking over, fleet costs can be reduced significantly as a result.

5. I will bolster security

Claiming on a stolen fleet vehicle can be a time-consuming affair. It can also cost your company dearly in wage wastages as you wait for a replacement. 

Many new vehicles now come with effective anti-theft devices, though with property theft a greater concern, fleet managers need to do more to protect their automotive assets.

Car key distribution, for instance, is an ideal way to keep a track of what vehicles are used throughout the day, reducing both loss and theft as a result.

What resolutions are you going to make for 2015?