Category Archives: Vehicle Management

The Logistics of Managing a Large Fleet

A large fleet of cars doesn’t need to be difficult to run. You just need to make sure you approach the task in the right way. Make sure you have a dedicated fleet manager on board and this will instantly begin to save you a lot of time and effort.

Your fleet manager can be a member of staff or alternatively, they can be an external company who you choose to outsource work to. You will be able to save a lot of money if you do this, as you won’t need to pay a full time wage.

Make sure all your vehicles are properly tracked and accounted for. If new vehicles are purchased, your fleet manager should be the first person to know so they can get them registered and set up all the appropriate processes.

Talk to staff members who have company vehicles and make sure they fully understand their obligations.

Why Diesel Powered Engines Need To Change

Diesel engines have been a topic for debate for many years. Government has been constantly putting pressure on manufactures to update the technology and reduce toxic emissions. Most utility vehicles in the UK are powered by diesel engines, it’s a widely used technology despite it’s past criticisms, however this is beginning to change.

One of the main reasons diesel engines have been widely adopted for utility use has been the low cost of diesel, and the high power of diesel engines. But the days where gasoline is significantly more expensive than diesel are diminishing, in fact it now costs roughly the same if not more to fill the tank of a diesel vehicle.

Along with this, hybrid engines are becoming more and more popular. While this technology is still relatively expensive to use, it is being developed at a significant rate. It would not be a huge shock to see most utility vehicles powered engines like this in the next decade.

When Should Fog Lights Be Used?

The simple answer to this is that fog lights should be used when visibility is reduced to around 100 meters or less. However there are some other important factors that should be considered when using fog lights on the road.

Firstly,  all cars are required by law to have fog lights installed. However, there is no legal obligation for drivers to use them. It might also be the case that a driver simply forgets to put them on, so always be aware.

Some vehicles only have rear fog lights installed, which will help other motorists see that vehicle but the drivers visibility will not be improved.

When fog lights are switched on in a car a fog light indicator will be illuminated on the dashboard of the vehicle. This can be useful for the driver to check if the fog lights are functioning correctly without having to leave the vehicle.

 

Tracking Vehicles and Managing Fleets Using GPS Tracking

There have been many advancements in cellular and satellite communication technologies over the last decade. These advancements have allowed the development of GPS tracking devices to progress to a point by which they are now available for use on everyday road vehicles.

Trucks, vans, vehicles, barges and equipment can all be tracked using a GPS tracking device. These devices can provide detailed information on the status of vehicles, as well as employees and inventory. The information relayed by these devices is in real-time. This allows vehicles to be located with greater efficiency than any other previous tracking methods used in the past. This way of tracking is extremely valuable to businesses who want to remain competitive in the logistics industry.

GPS tracking devices can also be used as fleet tracking devices when used on trucks and other logistics vehicles. These work by connecting to a dedicated online fleet management system, allowing businesses to keep track of their vehicles with high efficiency.

Things To Remember When Renting Logistical Vehicles

Many logistical companies opt to rent their vehicles instead of buying them outright. This is especially prominent among smaller businesses that are just starting out, since buying a fleet of transportation trucks is not typically an investment that a business can afford in early on.

There are many advantages to doing this. For one the business will not have to worry about the long term maintenance that logistical vehicles often require. As long as the vehicle is fueled and kept in reasonable condition, that is often all that is required to get the job done. It’s important to remember however that if any damages are incurred upon the vehicle, it will have to be repaired manually or payed for in some way.

Before renting a vehicle, it might be a good idea to research how much it will cost. In some instances, depending on the size of the job, it may very well be the case that it’s more cost effective to just buy the vehicle instead of renting.