Running a large fleet of vehicles is a constant challenge, this is particularly true when it comes to managing and monitoring the way vehicles are used on the road. Vehicles cost a great deal when they are being driven.
Costs include wear and tear, fuel use or even the financial fallout of an accident. In response to these challenges, many fleet operators take the wise steps to implement telematics into their business.
A thoroughly-researched and implemented telematics system can deliver revolutionary insights and information that is extremely useful in helping with business and logistical decisions. This keeps the fleet more cost effective, efficient and safe.
What are Telematics?
Telematics are a vehicle tracking system in which a car is fitted with a GPS tracker (global positioning system) in order to use satellite technology to pinpoint the location of a vehicle, wherever it is in the world.
How can Telematics Improve Performance?
A 40 vehicle fleet can save up to £400 a month in fuel costs, can increase staff productivity by 30%, a 20% cut in accidents and a 60% reduction in speeding. Tracking systems provide you with an instantaneous, exact view on vehicle mileage, giving you the tools to plan replacement cycles for vehicles.
They can also offer solutions in the areas of risk and time management, employee timetables, fine challenging and appeals, minimising mileage and reducing the carbon footprint of the company.
Telematics is not a silver bullet when it comes to these problems, and it doesn’t mean that implementation of this into your business is going to be extremely simple – particularly when persuading any weary employees of benefits. This is something to hash out in your telematics policy clause.
Telematics solutions need to be a serious consideration when it comes to maximising the efficiency of a fleet in areas of environmental impact, cost saving, and resource usage.
How does Telematics increase Green Fleet Management?
There should be three simple goals
● Drive cleaner vehicles
● Drive vehicles more economically
● Drive vehicles less
These three factors will not only save you on costs, but also reduce your environmental impact.
Telematics technology can give you a good leg up when it comes to managing these things.
How does Telematics help Mileage and time management?
Telematics data can ensure that managers know exactly where and how vehicles are being driven. Automatic mileage updates can be set up to be received by managers and suppliers, enabling proactive servicing and timely replacement of vehicles. Tracking systems can identify a vehicle’s location so the right vehicle and driver can be sent to the closest job. A typical journey can be tracked and adjusted for its most direct route.
How does Telematics Affect Fuel and Emissions?
Another benefit of telematics is lower fuel usage as a result of lower mileage. Systems can report on the fuel economy of vehicles. In one study of company cars and their drivers, telematic systems identified a 50% difference in fuel economy achieved in cars which should be identical over similar journeys.
The excessive fuel was mostly due to driving style; this includes excessive speed and heavy acceleration. The level of insight is not possible with other, more primitive forms of management systems like fuel cards – this requires the driver inputting mileage when fuelling up.
Make sure you choose a good telematics program that is going to deliver you the results you need.