Fleet GPS Tracking: Do You Know Where Your Assets Have Been?

Let’s talk telematics. To keep it simple, telematics is any and all diagnostics, readings and data that can be transferred from your vehicle’s computer to another computer and analyzed. This list could include diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), fleet GPS tracking, dashboard meters and even driver behavior, like hard braking or excessive idling. Why should you invest in a telematics solution? Well I’m glad that you asked!

Fuel Savings

One of the biggest challenges for fleets today is how to save money on fuel costs. Not surprisingly, a telematics investment can end up paying for itself with just fuel savings alone, without even considering the other benefits.

Fleet GPS tracking can help inform managers about regions that suffer heavy congestion, and drivers can avoid those areas to keep their fuel efficiency up. In addition, fleet managers can be told how long vehicles are idling. By requiring drivers to turn off their vehicles, fleets can save a lot of money on what was previously wasted fuel.

Safety and Liability

The benefits from this section should be a top concern on fleet managers’ minds. The safety of their drivers and the drivers they interact with on the road are of paramount importance. Telematics from the fleet vehicles can report a number of statistics that are helpful to improving safety.

  • Seatbelt usage: Just like how your car will ding if you don’t wear a seatbelt, the telematics system will flag the choice as a safety concern for review.
  • Hard braking: Brakes are mechanical and subject to wear and tear like most other parts of a car. Hard braking may seem fine until the rapid, violent application of brakes over time has led to a failure of the brake system well before it was expected. A failure here can be a matter of life or death.
  • Speeding infractions: The telematics system can report on when the vehicle has gone over certain thresholds, such as 60, 70 or 80 miles per hour. For every infraction, the system will log the issue and present it for review later. By keeping your drivers’ speeds down, you can help ensure safety on the road, optimize fuel usage and help prevent your drivers from losing their licenses from compounded violations.

While safety is the most important aspect, liability cannot be ignored. Increased safety should lead to fewer accidents which leads to fewer claims. The less you have to pay in legal fees, insurance claims or collision repair is more money you can use elsewhere.

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Efficiency Improvements

Efficiency can come through in a number of ways: taking shorter routes to locations, making sure DTCs are taken care of before they become a problem and reduced overtime hours. By ensuring that night shift workers leave the vehicles in working order at the end of the shift, the morning crew can jump right in and work without wasting any time.

Fleet GPS tracking can also inform managers of the extraneous stops that drivers may be taking, like personal errands, scenic routes or long breaks on the side of the road. This, along with the more efficient routes from earlier, can lead to less time in the vehicle, which means more time working. Increased efficiency through the working hours encourages more work orders to be cleared out of the backlog and fewer employees to have to charge overtime to get jobs done.

Vehicle Utilization

Telematics can also help play a role in fleet size optimization. On the back-end of fleet GPS tracking software, managers can see how many vehicles are being used and how often. On the flip side, they will also see how many aren’t being used.

Some fleet managers over the years have reported trimming down their fleets by as much as 4%. While at first that might not sound like a lot, 4% of a 300 vehicle fleet is 12 vehicles – 12 vehicles that no longer require maintenance fees, insurance and fuel. That can really add up over the years to a lot of savings that your organization now has for other matters.

Maintenance Savings

In a similar manner to the safety and liability benefits, telematics can optimize maintenance costs as well. With corrected driver behaviors, parts like tires and brakes can last longer per vehicle, helping them stay on the road and out of the shop. Keeping up to date on maintenance can also help to prevent costly immediate repairs later, like from a clogged catalytic converter or seized engine. In addition, the DTC troubleshooting and preventive maintenance can be managed and scheduled at opportune times to keep vehicles in prime condition.

These are just a few of the major beneficial capabilities of an effective telematics solution. The possibilities for successful fleet improvements are numerous when telematics software is integrated with a fleet management solution, like AssetWorks FleetFocus software. To read about a real-life example of the benefits of AssetWorks GPS, take a look at this case study of the City of Columbus.

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2018-08-29T08:32:05-04:00

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