Fleet efficiency – Making the fleet manager an uptime hero

Written by Leonard D'Orlando,

All fleet operations from fire/rescue, school bus/transit, and commercial although different have the same end goal – to operate in a safe, timely, and efficient manner. The responsibility to ensure this happens falls on the shoulders of the fleet manager. Read more.

On the surface the position of fleet manager may not seem that complex and challenging. This however cannot be further from the truth. The fleet manager is responsible for making sure that their fleet of vehicles are operated in a timely manner, while ensuring drivers are safe and work according to set regulations. And all of this is done while being mindful of keeping costs under control. No small task. Add circumstances like break downs and inclement weather and soon you have a wrench thrown into the mix with the potential to seriously disrupt or stop operations completely. Equipment failure, traffic, and inclement weather are just some of the factors that oppose the fleet manager and keep them from reaching their intended goals.

There are resources available. Fortunately for the fleet manager there are tools and assistance available to help them overcome these obstacles and stay the course. Drivers today have the tools needed to find alternate routes when stuck in traffic or avoid traffic all together. Likewise, preventative maintenance and real-time on-board diagnostics help to avoid impending equipment failures while the vehicle is in operation.

What about when it comes to inclement weather? Come wintertime drivers will be battling slippery roads conditions. Under these conditions they may experience loss of traction which can cause time delays. Some drivers may even have to work overtime. Harsh conditions also have the potential to lead to increased costs caused by damage to fleet equipment. Depending on the traction options available to the driver there can be safety risks as well. For instance, if the driver’s only option is to chain up with conventional chains then they run the risk of being outside of the vehicle in harsh conditions which can lead to fatigue and possible injury.

The decisions made to overcome challenges can make or break a fleet manager and their operation. The efficient fleet manager who is prepared for anything can be considered an up-time superhero whose experience will in return lead to a much more robust and reliable business. This fleet manager will also be well respected by their drivers who will enjoy working for them and the company. The solution brief that follows is here to help when choosing the right method of conquering slippery road conditions. Click the button here to download this free information:

Comparing methods to increase traction


Fleet Managers improving uptime fleet efficiency

Leonard D'Orlando

About Leonard D'Orlando

Leonard has six years with Onspot Automatic Tire Chains in North America. Four years as a field technician on the East Coast and two years as a Regional Sales Manager. During the four years as a field technician Leonard provided install and maintenance training to dealers. Leonard also performed fleet reviews for customers and provided technical service support. An alumnus from the University of Maine, Leonard graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Education. Leonard also attended Texas State Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in automotive mechanics.


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