A lot of businesses are relying more and more on their own vehicles, whether they are building their own delivery fleet or supplying their team members with the means of transport they need to work on the road. However, when purchasing company cars and other vehicles, it’s important to recognise the responsibilities that can come with them. Here, we’re going to look at those responsibilities and the systems you may need to put in place.
Tracking their use
Vehicles are a precious asset to the business and not one you can afford to replace too often. As such, be sure to use technology to manage those assets. With your vehicles, this can include fitting them with GPS tracking technology. This tech can then report back to you on when and how the vehicle is used, how long it is driven for, and the routes the driver takes. This can help you measure the efficiency of deliveries, for one, but can also help you keep an eye out on general wear and tear so you can look for signs of necessary repairs more easily.
Ensuring their safety
You want to ensure the safety of both vehicles and drivers, so you are likely to invest in vehicles that have smart, digital safety features. However, these systems, like any electronics, can fail at their job. As such, you may want to invest in occasionally testing their ADAS System. These sessions can include testing their emergency braking features, lane support systems, blind-spot detection, and much more. By seeing how the car’s safety systems handle mock threats in a safe scenario, you can see if they might be leaving your driver’s vulnerable, allowing you to then fix them and ensure safety.
Keeping up their maintenance
As mentioned, it’s important to keep an eye out on vehicles and the need to repair them. However, you shouldn’t wait for things to go wrong before you check under the hood, either. Each vehicle should have a proactive maintenance schedule that is followed on a regular basis. With a series of checks and maintenance tasks, you can catch a lot of malfunctions before they become more serious issues. By catching problems early, you can stop them from putting your vehicle out of commission, increasing the costs of downtime associated with them.
Ensure best practice from drivers
One of the reasons you will want to track the use of the vehicles owned by the business is that not only can you learn about the costs of driving in the business, but you can also learn the habits of the drivers, too. Telematics systems can pick up on driving habits, including the more dangerous ones, and report back. This can allow you to pinpoint both problematic drivers who may need driving safety training, as well as bad habits that may be more widespread throughout the team.
Company vehicles are likely to be some of the most valuable assets owned by the business. Ensure they’re given the proper care they deserve with the tips above.