Fuel cards, fleet costs, and data capturing

Fuel cards, fleet costs, and data capturing

Fuel cards have long been considered a great way for fleet managers to minimise fuel costs. Used as a payment card for fuel at petrol stations, fuel cards can also be used to pay for vehicle maintenance and expenses as needed. They offer convenient access to comprehensive reporting, enabling you to receive real-time reports about fleet drivers and vehicle usage. You can also set purchase controls on cards to stay informed about all business-related expenses.

However, while fuel cards are one way to manage your fleet, the use of industry-leading telematics technology can provide you with even greater detail and insight.

It's all about driver behaviour

Fleet driver policies can be used to ensure that employees are driving safe, taking care of vehicles, and that they understand their responsibilities. However, within these parameters, business drivers will do what is most convenient and comfortable for them. This is not a bad thing, as a happy driver is more likely to be a productive driver. However, the choices they make could also be costing your business money, and in some instances may be costing you a huge amount of money. So what is the solution? Is it to introduce more rules and regulations which 'force' drivers to conform? No, this is a sure-fire way to end up with disgruntled employees. The best solution is to observe activities and amend your approach accordingly, to maximise performance.

Can't manage what you can't measure

In order to fully understand how your drivers, operate and perform, it's necessary to have a comprehensive telematics system which captures a myriad of data. Now, many fleets will already have invested in this type of technology, but using the information effectively is a different story. Driver data can help highlight a variety of possible improvements, amendments, and issues within a fleet - but only when it's analysed and used correctly. A fleet manager's ability to view information, scrutinise it, and make decisions on it is greatly dependant on the usability of the telematics software they have chosen. So, by choosing a vehicle provider that offers a user-friendly and accessible telematics tool, you'll be able to not only review fuel costs and driver behaviour, but also identify a host of other ways that performance can be improved, costs can be cut, and drivers can be kept happy.

Citroën Contract Motoring fits telematics as standard on all Berlingo vehicles. To speak to us today about your fleet requirements and to find out more about our telematics software, simply call 0345 319 1017.