Fleet Management Consulting
A lot of companies operate vehicles of some sort and they are a major business expense. Most companies that have large fleets are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce the cost. Often this is achieved by finding more efficient ways to operate. A fleet management consultant can help your company to reduce the amount that you are spending on your vehicles.
There are quite a few ways that you can reduce the cost of your fleet in most cases the biggest potential saving is in being able to use them more efficiently. It is generally possible to save money by changing the way that you operate your vehicles. Better route planning can save you a lot of money in gas, so can driving at times when there is less traffic. The United Parcel Service saved millions of dollars in fuel cost by having their drivers stop making left turns. Apparently by making only right turns you will burn less fuel on each trip, added up over the thousands of vehicles they have on the road each day the savings are enormous. A fleet management consultant can help you to come up with a plan that will reduce the operating costs of your fleet.
The other big area that a fleet management consultant can help you save money is when it comes to adding new vehicles and replacing the old ones. If you have a large fleet you will probably need to be constantly adding new vehicles and disposing of older ones. The costs of doing this can be very high. You will need to think about things like when is the best time to buy a new vehicle; at what age does the efficiency of the vehicle decline. You are going to also want to think about the age at which you will get the best price if you are selling off your used vehicles. On top of that you are going to have to make decisions about what kind of vehicles you need in your fleet and how you plan to finance them. These can be some complex decisions so it is often a good idea to have a fleet management consultant to help you out.
Once you have decided on the vehicles that you are going to operate you are going to need to get insurance for them. This is another very complex area since there are all kinds of decisions that you will need to make. Too much insurance and you are paying more than you need to be. While this isn't a huge issue if you only have a couple of vehicles but if you have hundreds of them this can be a real problem. On the other hand if you don't have enough insurance you run the risk of having to pay a large sum out of your company's pocket. A fleet management consultant can help make sure that you have the right insurance coverage.