With the fluctuation of fuel prices, one thing that we all can agree on is that the price
continues to rise, causing a huge concern for fleets. This is why it is a good practice to
utilize a plan for fuel management to help keep costs low. Good tools to use for this type of
situation are software for route optimization, driver safety training, and the use of fuel
Route Optimization Software Use
The software used for route optimization is designed similar to that of regular paper maps or
your phones GPS. Regardless of which type of technology you use, the route optimization
will be a more detailed offering. It gives a more detailed analysis of routes and allows
managers to create solutions in real-time.
It seems just like yesterday that many managers and their drivers were sitting together to
create a good route that cut costs. Writing down the directions and calculating the time
frames. But, all-in-all, it seemed to never work out because of the many factors surrounding
it. Some of these factors included driver time-loss, fuel mismanagement, or not even
knowing if a route was adhered to by the driver.
When a route optimization tool is utilized all of these problems disappear. However, many
driver managers still seem to fear the innovation behind this technological advancement. In
reality, this technology has become so intuitive, very efficient, and much more simpler to
use than a regular paper road map.
Having a Route Optimization Tool Gives Piece of Mind
With routing being crucial for efficiency, many fleet managers have started to adopt route
optimization tools and software. Not only can it increase efficiency but also increase profits
During the course of using route optimization, managers can observe the drivers, monitor
fleet vehicles, and check planned route efficiency.
Not only can managers check fleet routes but they can also create different types like
multiple pick-up or drop-off stops which they can also update if necessary. Fleet managers
can make changes by the touch of a button and a driver will instantly see it on the shared
Having this real-time route optimization also allows managers to compare actual routes and
planned routes as well as analyzing important data from the driver like:
Arrival times both expected and actual
All stops whether unplanned or planned
The amount of idle time
Followed amount of routes
Along with creating efficient routes, managers also have access to reports that collect
information concerning better routes, vehicle stops, gasoline costs and amount of gasoline
consumption along the routes. Having these informative reports will allow managers to
receive a full summary of driver activities.
Specific type of report information found includes:
The Driven Distance
Of Amount of time home
Amount of time with customer
For the Amount of time at office
In every case, fleet managers will be able to use route optimization to view and locate all
vehicles, vehicles on route, driver zones, and then make last minute decisions and changes
to the route.
Having this real-time technology will not only allow managers to manage drivers but also
reduce costs, but also increase overall profits.