When you are planing to do a fleet management improvement project within your organisation, you have to perform a baseline measurement first. You’ll increase the chance of making your project successful.
In our experience, many fleet managers complain about the high costs of their fleet. That’s why they want to work more efficiently and adopt approaches that help them to reduce total cost of ownership. But before you can decide on what to do to improve, you have to know where you are at currently. That is what baseline measurements are for.
Without baseline data, it can be very difficult to plan, monitor and evaluate future performance.
The value of having a baseline is it really serves as a point of reference. Your evaluation is made stronger by having a point of reference; otherwise you just have the one point in time, and that won't tell you if you made improvements in your fleet management and if the actions you choose have resulted in the progress you wanted.
Without baseline data, it is difficult (if not impossible), to estimate any changes or to demonstrate progress, so it is best to capture baseline data whenever possible. For those of you who have to start from scratch with data collection to determine your baseline we have created a document with Frequently Asked Questions.
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