The issue of cost is never far from the minds of transport operators. In Webfleet Solutions research, when fleet managers were asked to name the top three issues they most wanted help with, they named these three elements: reducing fuel costs, reducing maintenance costs and extending the lifetime of vehicles.
Reducing overall costs can be a challenge today, but we can show you how you can take matters into your own hands.
Step 1: Identify obstacles & challenges within your fleet.
Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and increased economic instability have only heightened cost concerns for transport fleets.
Part of that cost goes to keeping your trucks in peak condition as it is essential for safety and compliance. It is also key to extending a vehicle’s lifetime, maintaining its value, avoiding downtime and, ultimately, reducing the cost of ownership.
Yet studies suggest that many transport operators are taking risks with their maintenance. For example, a recent study in the UK and Ireland found almost 40% of HGV drivers never do walk around checks on their vehicles at all, while another 16% said they rarely do so.
In order to keep your fleet safe, efficient and compliant, the first thing you need to do is identify your main cost challenges. Two challenges can be distinguished: what you need to do to maintain your fleet to extend its lifetime and how you can control the amount you spend on doing so. After that, it is all about optimisation.
Step 2: Learn what you can do as a fleet owner or manage.
Many of the costs transport operators deal with, such as depreciation and road tax, are beyond a fleet manager’s control. But you can take action in other areas!
By analysing and fine tuning the following aspects, you can reduce your TCO significantly: fuel consumption and costs; maintenance planning and infrastructure; proactive repairs and tyre management, outsourcing in your maintenance network; improving overall management and investing in the proper hardware and software to make the job easier.
In the next step, you will discover which Bridgestone tyre management solutions can help you out.
Step 3: Be smart and use the right tools to identify and reduce your Total Cost of Ownershi.
At Bridgestone and Webfleet Solutions, we are dedicated to developing mobility and tyre management solutions that address the concerns of a planet in rapid motion. Together, we offer a range of hardware, software, products and solutions that can help you decrease your costs. Combining the right solutions for your fleet can ensure that, at every step of your journey, you are efficiently bringing down your overall spend.