10 June 2020

The lockdown period is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many. However, as it begins to ease and fleet operations start in earnest, it’s more important than ever to stay alert and take care. In such a scenario, we would like to offer some suggestions to help you operate smoothly. We hope that these tools for managing your fleet during the COVID-19 crisis can help you with your operations.

Communication devices

Communication will be the most important tool for operating fleets during the COVID-19 crisis. This is true for two reasons.

First, it is possible that even when the lockdown is lifted, many businesses could continue working remotely as much as possible. As a fleet manager, if you are working from home, you would need to stay in touch with your team to manage your drivers and vehicles effectively.

Second, your drivers might be facing a stressful time, whether it is due to workload or personal problems. They need to be able to communicate these to you, so you can allocate work accordingly, and guide them through these stressful times.

This is why your messaging and chat platforms can be the most important tools for operating your fleet during the COVID-19 crisis.

Driver welfare measures

Employee welfare is important at all times, but more so during a health crisis. When your drivers know you have their best interests in mind, they are less likely to be affected by the mental anguish that can be inevitable during such times, making it a valuable tool for fleet management during the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to prevent COVID-19 infection spreading among your drivers, you need measures to support drivers’ well-being, including steps to ensure that they maintain social distancing. This could mean planning their times to reduce too many physical interactions.

You also need to ensure that they are disinfecting themselves and their vehicles after each shift. This will help them stay disease-free while also ensuring that if they do contract any infection, it’s not transferred to others via the vehicle.

Finally, since operations aren’t going to be normal for a while, it’s important that you manage your drivers in a way that doesn’t affect their mental health and driving safety. If a driver is exhausted and overwhelmed, it can affect their driving. Always ensure that your employees are fit to drive before you schedule them, and aren’t on the road for too long.

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Planning ahead

Planning ahead is one of the tools for managing a fleet during the COVID-19 crisis as there might be disruptions in regular services. Because of the increased online ordering of on retail products, there might be more fleet drivers on the road, trying to make deliveries. As a result, petrol pumps and motorway services might be busier, which could affect travel times.

There may be other disruptions that you might need to plan for as well. However, sometimes, there may be obstacles that you couldn’t have anticipated, and you’d need to be flexible in your operations.

Technological tools

When considering tools for managing your fleet during COVID-19, why not take a look at technological tools as well? For example, sgfleet offers Fleetintelligence, a reporting and management system, and BookingIntelligence, which is a resource management tool.

We also offer our telemetry system Motrak, which helps you keep track of your vehicles and drivers.
These can help you automate operations and manage your fleet optimally.

Further reading

Managing a fleet can be quite difficult in these times, but you can use the tools we offer and the resources we provide to help you with it. Here are some such resources.

 

Looking for advice on how to manage your fleet during this crisis, and beyond? Get in touch with us by calling 0844 854 5100 or emailing CSalmon@sgfleet.com.

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