3 Advantages Fleet Managers Can Harness from Telematics Data
Managing a fleet of vehicles is never easy but it can be made easier, less stressful and much more efficient on the management budget than it perhaps is currently. Telematic technology obtained from vehicle tracking devices can boost driver safety, improve maintenance budgets and deliver efficiencies across a business.
- Identify high-risk behaviours and intervene with timely training
Depending on the equipment, it is possible to tailor fleet management solutions that logs risky manoeuvres such as tail-gating events and other telematic data captured from a vehicle tracking system.
Vehicle trackers used solely can identify when vehicles are stationery and the length of engine-idling time too. Drivers tend to idle vehicles to warm it up before driving away. Any longer than 30-seconds on a properly maintained engine is a waste of fuel and drives the costs of fleet maintenance northwards.
Encourage drivers to adopt responsible driving practices that contribute to all the parts lasting longer and you’ll have a cost-efficient fleet and be able to adopt an environmental policy showing customers that your business takes measures to reduce the carbon footprint from your vehicle fleet.
- Fleet Operators Can Optimise Driver Routes / Appointments
Enterprises with a fleet of vehicles operating either city-wide or nationwide can take advantage of real-time GPS data to see where each vehicle is and direct the nearest vehicle to the closest destination, saving on fuel costs and preventing drivers rushing to keep their schedules running to time.
Optimising routes isn’t just for taxi firms and courier services. The same technology used across the transportation industry can be harnessed by national pest control companies, electrical repair agencies, emergency trade contractors operating a multi-fleet response service locally or nationally. Vehicle locations can be monitored from a single location with the operator able to access real-time traffic data and respond appropriately to help drivers navigate around busy traffic hotspots, roadworks, or tailbacks.
- Help Drivers Comply with Driving Hour Regulations
Courier services and logistics firms need to comply with the GB domestic drivers’ hours requiring no more than 10-hours active driving time during an 11-hour shift, and there’s a requirement for sufficient break time between shifts. In the UK, the domestic hours for van drivers applies to all van drivers whether it’s under the 3.5-tonne limit or not. Vehicles over 3.5-tonne, such as vans used in the construction and landscaping industries that tow a trailer, fall under the EU rules that stipulate a maximum active driving time of 9-hours.
Vehicle trackers can be beneficial for businesses who assign a company van to their drivers both for compliance purposes and to monitor the vehicle usage.
In most commercial fleet management solutions, the trackers can provide you with fuel management capabilities letting you see when the vehicle is used for business purposes and when staff are driving out of hours for personal use.
Whether you own a fleet of vehicles or assign your staff with company cars, vehicle trackers can improve the cost-efficiency by lowering maintenance costs by improving driver behaviour.
Depending on the purposes of the vehicle, vehicle trackers could be used to identify risky behaviour, helping companies to personalise the training to the individual driver and let managers divert the nearest in-field vehicles to destinations helping to keep customer appointments running to time.