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.
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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