Managing a commercial fleet and drivers can be a challenge, particularly given the potential for accidents, employee injuries, liability concerns and increased costs associated with vehicle upkeep. Nevertheless, your fleet—whether it be a handful of cars or dozens of vehicles—plays a major role in the success of your business. As such, it’s crucial to take a proactive approach to fleet management. To accomplish this, many businesses have started utilizing telematics—a form of vehicle software that combines the features of telecommunications and informatics to help employers effectively manage and monitor their fleets. This software operates by connecting to devices installed within vehicles, including GPS technology, sensors, mobile applications, dashcams and engine diagnostics solutions. Implementing telematics software can benefit your commercial fleet by:
- Reducing operational costs—Telematics software can help keep your drivers updated on upcoming traffic concerns or road hazards, offer rerouting options and locate preferred gas stations—all of which can contribute to maximum fuel efficiency and lowered operational costs.
- Encouraging safe driving—Because telematics software detects driving behaviors, your employees will be even more motivated to follow safe driving practices and meet company standards. This technology also allows employees to better monitor their individual driving habits and detect any flaws.
- Fostering employee engagement—By implementing telematics software in your fleet, your drivers will have an increased ability to digitally communicate and interact with others (e.g., their supervisors, co-workers and dispatchers) regarding their travel progress, road conditions, delivery requests and vehicle concerns.
- Bolstering fleet security—Due to advanced tracking and communication features, telematics software can help keep your commercial vehicles safe and secure in an emergency, thus minimizing potential theft concerns. Upholding vehicle maintenance needs—Telematics software is able to detect a wide range of vehicle issues, such as engine problems and diagnostic concerns. This technology is also able to inform drivers of such issues and locate nearby repair centers or garages. Further, telematics software can be programmed to notify drivers of routine maintenance requirements, such as oil changes and tire pressure checks. It’s best to pair telematics software with a preventive vehicle maintenance program to streamline the upkeep of your fleet.
- Reducing administrative costs—Telematics software allows your business to digitize vehicle and driver records that would otherwise have to be maintained manually, which can be a time-consuming process. Specifically, this technology permits you to generate reports regarding fleet expenses, driver performance and vehicle maintenance, thus simplifying your recordkeeping practices overall.
As a whole, it’s clear that telematics software can help reduce numerous fleet risks, improve operational efficiency and promote safe driving behaviors. For more risk management guidance, contact us today via the form below. And be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and like us on Facebook for more industry news and tips!