Your vehicles are on the road. Day in, day out. A telematics solution puts game-changing insight on fuel spend, driver location and more at your fingertips. What does that mean for your business? Let’s take a look…
Fleet management and vehicle dispatching: it can be a guessing game. Not a fun one. You never truly know where your vehicles are. Or how much fuel they are using. Or what that means for your P&L. Or if staff are using vehicles for personal journeys. Or if they are driving safely…
In summary, managing a fleet is not easy.
But we live in an era where technology is moving faster than ever before. IT is turning every vertical, industry, sector and profession upside down. (In a good way.) And IT – specifically telematics – can have a transformative impact on fleet management too.
How does Telematics work?
Here is an simple infographic to help you understand.
What benefits does telematics have for your business?
1. Slash fuel spend
Fuel is one of your largest overheads. It’s also one of the biggest areas for potential savings. Telematics tracks consumption in real-time. Better still it shows you how that consumption translates to pounds and pence, making it easier to track your outgoings. But this is about reduction as well as monitoring.
By gathering data on actions such as engine idling, excessive acceleration and harsh braking, telematics shows which drivers are wasting fuel and where they need to improve. You can also police unauthorised out-of-hours vehicle usage. It could slash your total fuel spend.
2. Improve driver safety
The driving behaviours that burn fuel tend to be driving behaviours that are risky. Translation: safe, efficient drivers save money and make accidents less likely. But do you really know what happens when your drivers get behind the wheel? Telematics is your second pair of eyes. It can give you automated alerts (email or text message) whenever drivers are taking risks – speeding or braking late, for example. So you can identify where your drivers may need a little reminder of the basics. Insurers love telematics too. That could be good news for your premiums.
3. Boost productivity
It goes without saying that telematics makes dispatching easier. But what about last-minute pickups or emergency call outs? They tend to trigger chaos. React with composure instead. Feed the address into your telematics system and immediately locate your nearest available driver. You can send dispatch info directly to that vehicle and then feedback to your customer with an accurate ETA based on live traffic conditions. That was easy.
Don’t bother doing any more research. (Unless you want to.)
The more you research telematics, the more benefits you find. To save you the hassle, we have put together a guide to help you. You need understand if telematics is suitable for your business? Also, what should you be aware of before purchasing telematics? Download our free guide to answer these questions.