While we are all still assessing the full impact of COVID-19, one thing is certain: fleet managers are facing challenges that they have never faced before.
We want to be sure our Webfleet users are getting the most support possible from our solution. So, here are seven of the most pressing new challenges facing fleet managers and how the Webfleet solution you already have at your disposal can help you deal with them.
1. Managing your fleet when working from home
Right now, many people have no choice but to work from home. Fortunately, you don’t have to be sitting in your office to monitor your vehicles, check journeys and dispatch drivers. As a cloud-based solution, Webfleet can be accessed from anywhere. You can also download the mobile application to get a full overview of your fleet on your phone.
Our latest update has made the app more intuitive, with push notifications, prefilled locations, search filters and remaining driving times.
2. Keeping up with your fleet’s performance
Staying on top of the various data and information you need to effectively run a fleet is hard enough at the best of times. When you’re forced to be away from your office and away from your team, it can be even more challenging.
In Webfleet, it can be helpful to set up automatic reports and select the ones you want to receive on a daily or weekly basis. Whether you need to see data on trips, logbook, working hours, fuel consumption, driving behaviour or any other key part of your fleet’s performance, you’ll receive it when you need it in your inbox. This way, you don’t miss important data and have one less thing to worry about.
3. Reducing stress levels for your drivers
Commercial drivers from various industries are playing one of the most important roles in helping us all through this difficult period. All the support you can give your drivers, then, is welcome.
On the PRO Driver Terminal, drivers can access navigation specific to their vehicle type, see optimal routes and get accurate ETAs. Also, it can handle working time registration and order management, taking distracting manual tasks off their plates.
4. Managing the heightened risk of fatigue
All of the above also heightens the risk of fatigue for drivers, who are on the road day and night trying to meet high levels of demand.
With an accurate overview of driving times and rest periods for your team, you can see clearly who is in need of a rest and who can handle another job before you send them a new order.
5. Staying on top of tachograph in the age of social distancing
If you are required to download and store tachograph data, doing so manually has become more complicated. At a time when we are advised to keep our distance from one another, your driver having to make an extra stop at a location where data can be downloaded or having to share his cab with somebody who is downloading the file presents an extra risk.
WEBFLEET’s Tachograph Manager can be setup to automatically, remotely download tachograph data. You can stay compliant with regulation without exposing your driver to unnecessary risk.
6. Company cars being used for other purposes
With a lot of your team working remotely, it is possible you’ll lose sight of how your company vehicles are being used.
In Webfleet, you can see whether your vehicles are being used for business or private journeys. If a car is being used in a way that is not normal, you can see when and where it happened, which will help you identify the reason for the unusual usage and decide whether any action needs to be taken.
7. Making the best use of having more available time
If your workload has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, then it might be the case you have more time than usual on your hands. If that’s the case, then you probably want to make as much constructive use of that time as you possibly can.
We encourage Webfleet users to take some of this time to explore their fleet management solution and get a better understanding of the full functionality you have at your disposal.
We invite you to watch our extensive list of training videos or take a look at the user guides in Webfleet help. In the end, a fleet management solution only gives you the tools. Now might be the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to utilise those tools to get the maximum benefit for your business.
Want to know more about how Webfleet can support you during this time? Then please get in touch. We’re here to help you at your usual customer support number to get through these challenging times.