If you could pick any superpower for yourself, what would it be? Of course, there are the obvious choices: the ability to fly, to be invisible or even to read minds. But how would those superpowers benefit your fleet?
When thinking about the best superpower for not just you, but also for your fleet, there are a lot of factors to consider. While being able to fly or be invisible wouldn’t have the greatest impact on your fleet, a superpower like being able to see the future would. If you knew what was going to happen to your fleet in advance, you’d be able to plan accordingly.
What if I told you there was a way for you to predict the future for your fleet? Well, you’re in luck! With forecasting, you can.
Forecasting is a process that predicts the next due date of scheduled jobs based on already-existing data, and then creates the necessary work requests for the jobs.
There are many benefits to forecasting in fleet, including:
1.Maintaining a proper maintenance schedule
Forecasting uses the data already collected by your fleet maintenance software in order to predict which vehicles will need service next. You no longer need to calculate the maintenance schedule for each individual vehicle in your fleet.
2. Tracking useful data
Since data, like time, miles, KM, hour and count, are being tracked already with your forecaster, you can access this data easily and use it to your advantage.
3. Lowering chance of breakdowns
Why do breakdowns happen? Chances are, they happen because of missed or delayed vehicle maintenance. When your fleet can automatically and accurately predict when a vehicle needs maintenance, the chances of a breakdown decrease.
4. Decreasing maintenance costs
Unnecessary or unplanned maintenance can really impact your budget. It’s easier (and cheaper) to fix issues before they become full-fledged problems.
5. Lowering fuel costs
Regular maintenance helps your vehicles achieve their best fuel economies. Some commonly overlooked maintenance items, like dirty air filters or under-inflated tires, can increase your fuel costs up to 13%!
6. Increasing useful life of your vehicles
It’s no secret that well-maintained vehicles last longer. Forecasting creates a regular schedule for maintenance based on actual data from your fleet, so your vehicles won’t miss a vital tune-up.
While forecasting might not seem as exciting as the ability to fly or read minds, it can make a big difference in your everyday fleet operations. To learn more about fleet management systems and forecasting features, click here.