4 Ways Vehicle Telematics Improve Your Fleet Management

4 Ways Vehicle Telematics Improve Your Fleet Management

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!

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4 Ways Vehicle Telematics Systems Create a Highly Fuel-Efficient Fleet

4 Ways Vehicle Telematics Systems Create a Highly Fuel-Efficient Fleet

Smart Vehicle Telematics Can Significantly Improve Your Fuel Efficiency

Some of the best new fleet management technologies come from the field of vehicle telematics.  It’s now possible to monitor almost every aspect of a vehicle’s performance while on the road, in real-time.  This additional level of oversight can improve numerous aspects of fleet management, but it’s especially useful for reducing fuel costs.

With fuel continuing to become more expensive, it’s more important than ever to focus on fuel efficiency if you want your fleet to be cost-effective.  Vehicle telematics makes this easier to accomplish and offers several different ways to improve efficiency.

Four Ways Vehicle Telematics Systems Create A Highly Fuel-Efficient Fleet

1 – Proactive maintenance keeps vehicles running at peak performance

Today’s fleet management systems can track every individual component, including its maintenance history and expected lifespan.  This allows you to proactively replace components – such as spark plugs or tires – before they lose effectiveness, maintaining peak efficiency for the vehicle.

2 – Monitor emissions and DEF levels

If a vehicle suddenly diverges from expected emissions levels, that usually indicates a problem in the engine or the fuel system.  It might simply be low Diesel Exhaust Fuel levels or a deeper problem.  Either way, you’ll be alerted whenever there seems to be an issue with the vehicle’s emissions.  Fixing it will improve fuel efficiency, and also avoid any regulatory problems.

3 – Monitor driver performance

Vehicle telematics monitors your drivers, as well as the vehicles.  You’ll get a lot of real-time data on your drivers’ on-road behavior, such as how often they speed, or how aggressively they accelerate.  In turn, this opens up opportunities to coach them on smarter driving strategies that minimize fuel waste.  You could even use this data to directly incentivize fuel-smart driving.

In addition, you can use routing software to further improve routes and reduce fuel waste.  For example: avoiding left turns across traffic is a highly efficient strategy that most courier companies utilize.  Going around a block to avoid a left turn actually uses less fuel than idling at stoplights.

4 – Prevent fuel theft

Sadly, as fuel prices have gone up, instances of fuel being stolen from vehicles have gone up as well.  Telematic systems monitor fuel levels, as well as expected fuel use in a vehicle.  If the fuel level decreases too quickly, you’ll be notified and can investigate the problem.

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The Rumors are True – 3G is Going Away

The Rumors are True – 3G is Going Away

As the telecom providers make room for 5G networks, the aging equipment supporting previous generation networks and devices is going away.

3G Sunsets in 2022

The 20-year-old wireless network standard, 3G, is sunsetting next year as the major wireless carriers are planning to phase out service. Some carriers have already begun the process, and more are moving to make room for 4G and 5G network equipment. This means that older phone, Kindles, early iPads, and even some classic Chromebooks won’t be able to connect to the cellular data network any longer.

Are Your Telematics Devices Going to be Affected?

If your telematics devices are not at least 4G-capable, then you will be affected soon. But don’t worry, there is a quick and easy solution within reach.

Contact VLC for our Lifetime Equipment Upgrade Guarantee

Never worry again about aging equipment. VLC offers a lifetime equipment upgrade guarantee on its telematics equipment. In less than 30 minutes, we can help you uninstall your old telematics device and a have new 4G device installed and ready to go.

A smooth transition to 4G is within your reach when you work with the experts at VLC. PLUS, we will provide you with a lifetime warranty that covers future network upgrades and failed devices. What’s even better, we can provide you with helpful information on how to get the most out of that telematics data.

Grow your fleet with active tracking and excellent data reporting to get the most from your equipment while staying current with today’s cellular network capabilities and speed. We’ve got you covered. Call us today for details on our telematics solutions. 530-384-3884

 

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The Benefits of Vehicle Telematics in Your Trucks

The Benefits of Vehicle Telematics in Your Trucks

How You Benefit from Vehicle Telematics in Your Trucks

If you’re looking to improve your fleet operations, increase efficiency, or prevent unnecessary breakdowns, there are few upgrades that will bring more benefits than vehicle telematics.  Chances are you already, at least, have GPS trackers in all your trucks – but modern telematic solutions can provide you with so much more data, especially when they’re combined with modern fleet management software.

In short, modern vehicle telematic systems can take every bit of data generated by your trucks’ onboard computers and sensors and send it to a central software hub for analysis.  You don’t just monitor the trucks as a whole; you monitor them at a component level.  This brings huge cost-saving benefits which are particularly important right now, as operating costs continue to rise.

For example…

Engage In Better Preventative Maintenance

When a vehicle breaks down, the total costs to your operation are much higher than just the cost of repairs.  Shipments will be delayed, customers could be upset, and any other areas of your business that rely on that vehicle will also suffer.

With better vehicle telematics, you can track the efficiency of every component on the vehicle.  You’ll also have access to servicing information via your software, and even expected lifespans for each component.  This allows you to engage in smart targeted preventative maintenance which can significantly reduce unnecessary repairs.

Cut Fuel Costs

Fuel prices are surging due to a wide variety of factors, and there’s very little that an individual fleet manager can do to reduce those fuel costs.  So, the best option is to make your fleet as well-optimized as possible, to reduce fuel use overall.  With telematics, this can be achieved in two different ways:

First, those preventative maintenance features can also be used to monitor efficiency in systems such as the transmission and brakes, which can increase fuel use if they’re poorly maintained.  Also, you’ll be able to directly monitor driver behaviors and coach them to reduce bad habits – such as accelerating or braking too quickly – which waste fuel.

Improve Regulatory Compliance

Are your trucks all fully within relevant regulations, such as anti-pollution regulations?  Are your drivers properly following laws regarding on-road time and off-time?  Better vehicle telematics make it easier to track such things and spot any problems before regulators or police notice.  This can reduce money lost to preventable violations.

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Operation Safe Driver Week

Operation Safe Driver Week

This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is set for July 11-17 and will focus on speeding. During this week, law enforcement will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicles engaging in aggressive and risky driving. Any drivers whose activity is identified as unsafe will be pulled over and cited or warned.

The CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) has selected speeding as its prime focus this year. According to National Safety Council estimates, the rate of death on roads last year increased 24%, the highest jump in death rate in 96 years. Speeding claims a significant percentage of traffic fatalities, and data shows that a 10 mph increase in speed increases the risk of crash by over 9%. Due to the sharp increase in fatal accidents in 2020, this year’s emphasis is on speeding.

Not Limited to Speeding

While the focus is primarily on speeding, law enforcement will also be tracking reckless, unsafe driving, including distracted driving, improper lane changes, failure to wear a seat belt, and driving under the influence.

Are Your Telematics Devices Help You Manage Safety?

We have great telematics solutions that can help you manage and improve the safety of your drivers, decreasing your risk and ultimately saving you money. Benefits for drivers, benefits for fleets, benefits for the company bottom line. Give us a call to learn more.

 

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Fleet Drivers Benefit from Vehicle Telematics | VLC

Fleet Drivers Benefit from Vehicle Telematics | VLC

As telematics devices grow in popularity, it is easy to see the benefits to the company and to the fleet manager. Let’s take a look at the technology, the communications, and the vehicle data to see how these features benefit the driver.

Safety

Telematics solutions track data like aggressive driving (speeding, hard braking, rapid acceleration, etc.). In addition to capturing the data, many solutions will process and present the data in a way to help encourage driving changes that promote safety.

Some systems are capable of alerting the driver when they are in a dangerous situation, are speeding, or headed for a sharp curve in the road ahead. The system can also alert the fleet manager when the unsafe driving persists. Constructive feedback can save money, reduce vehicle wear, and save lives.

Routing

Gone are the days of manual route planning and rigid inflexible schedules. Telematics solutions can report a change in road conditions, an accident, a road closure and help route the driver saving time and frustration. Optimize routes can save time and money. If an important client needs a change or critical delivery, fleet managers can pivot in response.

Maintenance

Mechanical failures can take hours to resolve and leave a driver stranded with minimal productivity and maximum frustration. Telematics can detect engine issues before they cause a breakdown, so the vehicle can be scheduled for service. Not only does this feature help budget and save on maintenance costs, but it also keeps the driver happy with a well-functioning vehicle. It can even prevent accidents and major loss from a malfunctioning component. Preventive maintenance is a necessity for any fleet.

Geofencing

GPS tracking can help clients and other team members know when a driver is getting close to a job site or close to return to the fold. Geofencing notifications can be sent out when a vehicle enters a certain ‘fence’ or range so the team or customer is prepared for arrival. Imagine a delivery for which the loading dock must be prepared and staffed. If the driver must sit and wait for this to happen, it can mean a loss of productivity and a frustrating wait. Geofencing notifications take care of this alerting the customer that their shipment will be arriving in 30 minutes. All necessary arrangements are made, and the unloading of the cargo is fast, efficient, and on schedule.

Telematics devices continue to grow in features and capabilities. Partner with VLC for a telematics solution you will never grow out of. VLC telematics solutions come with a lifetime warranty. We will work with you to upgrade your devices and keep you tracking. VLC, your partner in transport.

 

Vehicle Licensing Consultants

A Virtual Projects, LLC Company

Fleet & Driver Compliance…Fleet Tracking Software

https://im4trux.com/

530-384-3884

 
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