Though the lack of experienced truck drivers has been a concern for years, the thriving economy is amplifying the problem as transportation companies struggle to meet increasing consumer demands. The Washington Post reports that America will have a shortage of nearly 60,000 truck drivers at the start of 2019, creating shipping delays that will be felt by businesses and individuals alike. To combat this shortage, commercial fleets are desperately trying to attract and retain certified truck drivers. Here are a few new industry trends we’re witnessing as truck driver shortages reach critical levels:
When small businesses first research fueling solutions, they may be overwhelmed by the number of options available. As most major fuel retailers provide consumer gas card options, this often becomes a focal point of the search. However, these programs lack security features, limit the sites your drivers can fuel at, and set restrictions for rebates and benefits. These limitations make it essential to examine options tailored specifically for commercial needs so your drivers can get back on the road with minimal hassle.
While any fleet can enjoy the benefits of a fuel card program, many construction companies are uniquely situated to take advantage of the benefits of a CFN fuel card. As your company evaluates what option is best for your team, consider if these essential features can improve your fuel purchasing and management.
For businesses that operate off the major highways, finding a fuel card company with extensive locations outside of truck stops is essential to minimizing costs and inconvenience. With over 230,000 locations across the United States, it’s easy to refuel up across all 50 states, ensuring that your drivers can get back on the road quickly. In addition, the Voyager card will help you secure and monitor your purchasing and easily track your fuel spend.
As you explore which fuel card is right for your company, it is essential to research the fees and the Annual Percentage Rates (APRs) your cards will be subject to. The fees that come along with your cards vary greatly depending on the vendor, so it is essential to read the fine print in their Terms & Conditions.
One of the time-saving benefits of a fleet fuel card is the ability to easily monitor and track every dollar spent. Most fleet managers and accounting teams rely on accurate data to control expenditures, allocate spend, and budget for the future, so being able to generate timely reports customized with the right information is essential to running your business. To help your team determine which reports you need, we’ve outlined the most popular reports and the information each provides.
Once your company has decided that the Voyager card is the best option for your fleet, you can get started on the simple application process to get your fuel cards up and running. We’ve outlined the steps to apply for a Voyager card to make this process seamless for your company. Your account representative will also be available to answer any additional questions that come to mind!
Once your company determines that the CFN fuel card is the right fit for your fleet, it is extremely easy to start the application process. We’ve outlined the steps we use to get a new account up and running so you’re aware of the approval process and timelines as you start your application. If you have any questions throughout this process, please reach out to your Account Representative.
To help fleet managers set up their Voyager card program, we have created this comprehensive guide explaining the different options available, as well as the best ways to utilize these controls. It is essential to optimize the purchase controls and monitoring tools to minimize unauthorized fueling.
Here at P-Fleet, we are in awe of the balancing act fleet managers pull off every day. It is difficult to supervise any team, let alone one that is constantly on the move. To help support fleet managers as they conduct their vital work, we’ve compiled this list of common mistakes that can be avoided with a little careful planning.