How Vehicle Telematics Are Improving Fleet Management in Every Field
From a management perspective, few things have been better for working fleets than the introduction of vehicle telematics. Utilizing smartphones, tablets, and other devices, these systems can hook directly into the computer systems of a vehicle. They then monitor and capture vast amounts of data, more than a human driver could ever keep track of while making it instantly available for analysis and reporting.
If your fleet doesn’t have telematics systems in every vehicle, you’re almost certainly missing out on opportunities to optimize your fleet, save money, improve safety, and reduce avoidable downtime.
Four Ways Vehicle Telematics Improve Your Fleet Management
1 – Spot maintenance problems early
Typically, maintenance problems on vehicles start small and become more troublesome as time passes. Truly “out of nowhere” breakdowns are extremely rare. By monitoring, analyzing, and tracking your vehicles’ performance, you’ll be able to spot the small red flags that something’s wrong (like sudden drops in gas mileage) and fix them before they turn into big costly problems.
2 – Encourage better driver behavior
There are numerous ways that your drivers can help improve efficiency, reduce fuel costs, and avoid legal violations – but it’s often hard for drivers to self-coach and analyze their driving patterns. By having detailed information about every mile of the journey, you can spot wasteful activity – like accelerating and braking too hard – or be warned if a driver is violating the law too often. This leads to excellent coaching opportunities that improve efficiency.
3 – Increase accuracy in vehicle reporting, compliance, etc
Bureaucracy and regulations are an unfortunate fact of life when managing a working fleet – and you want to make sure your paperwork is as accurate as possible. With telematics systems, you’ll have highly accurate and detailed information for all your filings. This prevents costly errors or – worse – fines from incorrect reports.
4 – Proactively replace parts before breakdowns
How many miles do a truck’s tires still have on them? What’s the expected lifespan of the spark plugs? These details are almost impossible to keep track of manually, but with telematics paired with fleet management software, you’ll be able to know whenever any component on a vehicle is nearing its expected end-of-life. This allows you to proactively schedule replacements before any accidents or breakdowns happen – improving driver safety as well!