Fleet management technology is constantly advancing, and telematics is at the core of it all. Telematics combines telecommunications, vehicle technology, and computer science. To help vehicles directly communicate with operational software systems. Fleet managers use telematics to maintain compliance with government regulations, improve fuel efficiency and driver safety, stay on top of vehicle maintenance, and even lower insurance premiums. Let’s discover how telematics works and how your fleet can benefit.
Telematics: An Overview
Telematics can track various data points, such as speed, location, fuel efficiency, HoS, maintenance requirements, and more. Fleet managers can combine GPS tracking with dash cams and asset tracking to provide more detailed information. Usually, the hardware to accomplish this is simple. Simply plug a tracking device into the OBD port, and it’s ready to go. Then, the device transmits data to the office’s fleet tracking software for fleet managers to access in real-time. Finally, software consolidates this information into reports, making it easy to find patterns and data businesses need to make decisions. It’s easy to obtain the necessary data, and it has a variety of uses for fleet managers.
Benefits of Using Telematics
Lower Insurance Premiums
Insurance is a rising cost for fleets, but telematics can help reduce that expense. When fleets can demonstrate consistent driver safety and vehicle maintenance, they can prove to insurance carriers that they are not a risk. Furthermore, asset trackers can help recover stolen equipment and vehicles, making companies far less risky to insure.
Tracking driver behavior is another critical benefit of telematics. When managers are alerted to unsafe behaviors in real-time, they can intervene before an accident happens. This behavioral monitoring is vital in ensuring that businesses’ fleets are safe. Some telematics programs even gamify safety by rewarding drivers who exhibit positive behaviors, further promoting safe driving.
Of course, every fleet must comply with federal and state regulations. These regulations require the use of telematics for purposes such as e-logs. Nobody wants to be hit with a fine for non-compliance, as they can be a significant drain on any business, so ensuring compliance is key to a company’s growth and success.
Keep Vehicles Maintained
Promoting vehicle maintenance is crucial to keeping a business’s fleet safe and productive. Telematics is essential in staying on top of predictive maintenance. It also prevents wear and tear, helping vehicles last longer and saving money in the long run on costly repairs and breakdowns. Telematics tells fleet managers when it’s time for maintenance, so keeping track is no longer a concern.
Boost Fuel Efficiency
Fuel is most fleets’ greatest expense. Luckily, telematics can minimize fuel costs by analyzing driving practices and behavior such as speeding, idling, inefficient routing, unauthorized vehicle use, or poor vehicle maintenance. It’s a significant advantage whenever a business can reduce fuel costs.
Take Advantage of Telematics Today!
If you’re not taking advantage of telematics’ many benefits, you’re certainly missing out. Azuga offers a state-of-the-art telematics solution that will bring you all of these benefits and far more! See everything you can do by trying a demo of telematics software with one of our experts!