The future of post-COVID-19 Fleet Management
Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:14th February 2022
Since the global pandemic emerged earlier this year, businesses fleet management have certainly faced the pressures of logistics, day to day operations, and financial strain. Prioritising on slowing the spread of the virus, safeguarding employees, while keeping business buoyant has proven to be a difficult challenge for fleet-based businesses.
How has COVID-19 impacted the fleet industry?
Logistics and delivery fleets have proven to be essential, responsible for keeping supermarkets stocked even in times of unprecedented demand. However, with drivers always on the roads, they are at constant risk of infection.
As a result, fleets have had to make changes in their fleet management operations, which we have listed below:
Sanitation and hygiene
As well as adhering to social distancing measures from customers and colleagues, drivers follow strict and regular hand sanitation procedures. This is due to their frequent contact with vehicle interiors, fuel pumps, and more which are touched often.
Management from home
With many businesses working from home, fleet owners have also invested in fleet management solutions. The online software tools have been crucial in ensuring vehicles are safe even during lockdown when MOTS were extended for all vehicles.
As well as ensuring vehicles are compliant with road safety, telematics is being implemented in businesses to support drivers and optimise routes.
Prepare your fleet post-COVID-19
If your business is still feeling the effects of the pandemic, it won’t last forever. You may need to consider preparing your business before normality is in full swing. Thus, now is a better time more than ever for fleet management to be strengthened for the post-COVID-19 future.
Below, we have listed measures you can take to ensure your business is ready.
Take control of costs
Firstly, address your spend as a business. Ensuring fleet management expenses are checked with a fine toothcomb will highlight any inconsistencies and improve efficiency.
Keep on top of your fleet administration, so you have total control of all fleet-related expenditure.
Invest in fleet management tools
A great way to keep tabs on all aspects of fleet management is investing in software. The technologies can help keep tabs on:
- Fuel usage
- Vehicle diagnostics
- Service records
- Driver behaviour
It might be a good time to invest now before business is at full capacity so that when it is, you are fully prepared. Services like vehicle and asset tracking through our Tele-Gence telematics, accurate reporting of your mileage expenses through MileageCount, and discounted vehicle maintenance with MyService.Expert can further streamline your fleet.back