The Agile Fleet

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Beyond “use it or lose it.” A better way to look at utilization.

Posted by The Agile Fleet on November 06, 2018

Kate Vigneau is Director of Professional Development at NAFA and this month's guest blogger.

I have a friend who is a District Manager for a pharmaceutical company. He drives the long way to the airport for his weekly commute because it adds 10 miles a trip which allows him to squeak by the monthly utilization threshold set by his company; and keep his car. I have seen government organizations strive to justify dedicated vehicles for employees who operate them less than 5,000 miles ...


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Topics: Utilization, Guest Blog, Fleet Metrics, NAFA

Why sharing vehicles is good news (and how to communicate that to your stakeholders)

Posted by The Agile Fleet on February 20, 2018

In a perfect world, you could get out a megaphone and announce to your drivers that everyone is going to start sharing vehicles and everyone will jump up and cheer. Unfortunately announcing the news that you are going to share – especially for those who are driving their own company vehicle - may not be such welcome news.


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Topics: Motor Pool Technology, Right-sizing, Utilization, Fleet Metrics

Getting to Start: How to Measure Your Fleet Utilization When You Don’t have Fleet Technology

Posted by The Agile Fleet on January 25, 2018

Many people come to us saying they have no way of tracking or managing their vehicles or the employees using their vehicles. Most have no vehicle sharing program. Some do share vehicles, but are doing it manually, with email, spreadsheets, and paper. And while many do track odometer or fuel burn, the majority have no idea of whether their vehicles are efficiently utilized or not, or how to go about getting data to support an answer.


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Topics: Motor Pool Technology, Right-sizing, Utilization, Fleet Metrics

The Importance of Valid Odometer Readings

Posted by The Agile Fleet on January 11, 2017

Odometer readings are considered one of the most essential data points in fleet management. Not only does having accurate odometer values help guarantee that preventative maintenance is kept current (which ensures a safe fleet), it also provides accurate vehicle valuation and lifecycle stage data for right-sizing. Having accurate and current odometer values helps you determine the value of the vehicle and be able to make decisions about when and if you should dispose of it. Keeping an aging fleet past ...


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Topics: Utilization, Right-sizing, Motor Pool Technology, Fleet Metrics

Wondering what a good vehicle utilization rate is? Our answer may not be what you expect.

Posted by The Agile Fleet on November 02, 2016

Here at Agile Fleet we get asked all the time: “What is a good vehicle utilization rate?” It’s an interesting question. But to answer it, we need to phrase the question a little differently. In actuality the question should be: “What’s a good utilization number for each class of vehicle, at each location that I have, that are available to people at the time they are needed?” That may be a mouthful, but it’s really what you should be asking.


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Topics: Utilization, Fleet Metrics