By Mary Motzko | August 18th, 2020 | | 0 Comments

When looking for a new fleet management software solution, you may be offered a free trial by the provider. That’s great news – as long as you take advantage of the trial. Many times fleet managers might sign up for a free trial and then realize they don’t have time to properly test the solution before the trial ends.

To avoid this, use these tips for how to make sure you are taking full advantage of a free-trial period.

Know What to Test

First, it’s important to admit that fleet management software solutions can be robust, and there’s a chance you won’t get to test every feature during your trial period. To tackle the trial in a reasonable manner and make sure you’re testing key elements, make a list of features and tools you want to make sure you evaluate in a solution. This can consist of areas of the software that are most important to your operation’s success, or unique tools a solution provides. Making a list and planning around it can ensure you will test the key elements before your trial ends.

Set Aside Time to Test the Solution

The trial period can go by quicker than you think. If you’re contending with daily tasks and trying to fit in testing the system when you have time, you might not have a chance to fully evaluate the software before the trial ends. To ensure you have time to properly try it, set aside time – even if it means booking time on your calendar – dedicated to testing the system.

Involve Your Team in the Testing Process

Another way to make sure you are fully testing the system is to involve your team in the process. This will help you divide and conquer the evaluation while also getting additional opinions. Your staff members might be more interested in certain features that apply to their day-to-day work, and this can be a good chance to let them weigh-in on if the software will meet their needs.

Get Help from the Software Provider

To ensure you are getting the most out of the trial, reach out to the software provider and ask for help as needed. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out certain features on your own, ask for help so you can continue to utilize the system. You can also ask the provider if there are certain tools they recommend you test. You might be missing some key elements of the solution that they can direct you to.

To learn how RTA Fleet Management Software can benefit your fleet operation, contact us today to schedule a demo or start a free trial!