In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of fleet management technology, allowing drivers and fleet managers alike to access a significant amount of smart data with regard to vehicle and driver performance.
Features include fuel efficiency information, driver performance insights and real-time tracking via GPS, all of which help effortlessly manage the end-to-end performance of van or truck fleet.
Fleet Trak, an award-winning TomTom telematics reseller based in the UK, discusses how fleet managers can make use of this sophisticated modern technology to help improve the performance of their fleet across multiple core areas.
Improving driver standards while lowering risk
Anytime a van fleet driver gets into an accident while on the road, such as a collision with another vehicle or an object, this will take both staff and time out of normal operation. However, with the latest fleet technology in place, including vehicle cameras and tracking systems, fleet managers are able to monitor the standards of driving via a secure, cloud-based platform, anytime, anywhere.
This technology can produce extremely high-quality video recordings, which gives those in charge the opportunity to review any poor driver conduct or road incidents as they occur. If risky or careless driving patterns are observed, appropriate disciplinary action can be taken against the driver in question, or further training can be given to improve road behaviours.
Having this type of technology in place ensures staff are better aware of the consequences of their actions and are more likely to improve driving habits as a result, helping to create safer, more efficient fleet drivers.
In the long-run, this type of professional workforce will mean a reduction in risk, as well as any costs that can be incurred as a result of poor driving standards.
Tracking fleet in real-time
State-of-the-art fleet management technology permits users to monitor drivers in real-time so that their exact location and movements are known at any point during their route. Moreover, deep insights into driver behaviours can be tracked, including speed, acceleration, braking and steering, ensuring all of them are not carried out harshly, which can affect fuel efficiency or lead to road accidents.
Tracking and then analysing such data means fleet managers can hold the right people responsible for their driving patterns, as well as assessing their overall efficiency and how good they are at complying with the best routes.
Reducing your company’s carbon footprint
As the world continues to wake up to the environmental damage caused by humans, businesses are steadily being held accountable for their actions. With public and media pressure mounting, it would be wise to try to demonstrate the ways in which fleet companies are taking proactive steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
By embracing new technology, fleet businesses can help the environment by better understanding their fuel consumption habits and thus make positive changes to promote driver efficiency. Fleet technology monitors fuel consumption and carbon emissions, attempting to reach a fuel-efficient target. They also have the ability to inform users when a maintenance issue is encountered, alerting drivers to any diagnostic engine troubles.
By continuously monitoring fleet conditions and undergoing the necessary regular maintenance checks, your costs for both fuel intake and repairs will be lowered, which can only serve to positively affect the overall bottom line of the business.
One of the biggest benefits of fleet technology is that is can help lower the costs associated with fuel intake, as well as those that may occur as a result of speeding incidents or the rising insurance premiums caused by reckless driver collisions.
When drivers are made aware of the need to lower company costs, they tend to drive with fuel efficiency in mind. This means driving at reasonable speeds, not braking or accelerating harshly, and spending less time idly driving.
Modern fleet technology serves a great purpose in helping to manage and improve the performance of fleet of all sizes. Not only do they allow fleet managers to develop a complete picture of how well their fleet are doing and how it can affect the overall bottom line, but they also help to promote good driver behaviour and enhanced green initiatives.