Fleet management solutions provider Connexas, part of AddSecure, has issued advice on a number of ways fleets can reduce costs, boost efficiency and elevate driver performance via the use of telematics.
“Whether you manage a construction company, or are responsible for a fleet of HGVs, the benefits of a telematics system are far-reaching, from gathering accurate and detailed data to provide an insight into how your fleet is performing, to spotting inefficiencies within your business,” said Connexas.
“Telematics can also be an easy-to-use, yet innovative tool for fleets wishing to improve their driver performance.”
The company caters to fleets of all sizes, with cluster technology simplifying the process for larger fleets. Multi-network roaming sims ensure vehicles remain connected to the system. Google maps are fully integrated, so drivers, as well as management, can use the technology and integrate it into their daily work.
“Vehicle tracking has shown to improve fleet efficiency across a range of industries and business types. The trackers provide instant fleet visibility and detailed journey insight into speeding, axle weight, idling, PTO [and] temperature,” said Connexas.
“With this data, fleet operators can identify and put a stop to dangerous driving styles. Improving this can greatly reduce the number of accidents within a fleet. But also taking note of other inefficiencies can lead to huge savings in fuel, insurance costs, and CO2 emissions.”
Driver performance tracking also highlights where adjustments and small changes to driving style will improve individual and overall fleet efficiency, the company points out.
“The driver performance data is relayed from the vehicle’s CAN bus system, and then translated into a driver efficiency score,” it continued.
“With the tracking in place fleet operators can get access to up to 20 fuel-related parameters, including fuel used, MPG, PTO fuel usage, engine idling, over revving, harsh breaking [and] harsh acceleration.
“With this information, companies have a clearer idea of how their team is performing. Then, data-driven, effective changes can be implemented within their fleet. From a driver training point of view, live feedback and end-of-shift debriefs can help individual, and overall fleet performance.”
This can have a huge impact on the amount of fuel a company uses each month, says Connexas; and as drivers become aware of how they drive, fleets also see their accident rates and vehicle maintenance costs decrease. Additionally, when drivers are encouraged to drive well, rather than to simply complete jobs quickly, stress levels and pressure can dissipate throughout the team.
“Providing a good service, tailored driver training, and having a fleet of quality drivers can attract more people towards your business,” said Connexas.
“Telematics can provide undisputable data showing the performance and efficiency levels within your company, which can greatly assist with recruiting new drivers.
“With tracking in place, fleet managers are also then in a position where telematics can support driver training and creating what company goals in terms of efficiency and costs. When installed and the trackers have gathered a few months of data, you can find a true-to-life performance baseline – allowing you to set realistic and achievable targets, get real results, and a quick ROI.”