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3 Key Signs You Need Telematics Fleet Management

By Verizon Connect May 18, 2022

As your fleet continues to grow and industry landscapes continue to shift, new business challenges emerge. Having the right tools to help you increase productivity and efficiency is mission critical for the growth of your business.

From retaining drivers to integrating your systems, keeping your fleet efficient and engaged is key to staying competitive in today’s market. You may be wondering how to meet these challenges head on. Here are just a few reasons you want to consider fleet management technology.

Your systems are manual and inefficient

Productivity and efficiency are important tools in your belt when it comes to meeting today’s industry constraints and unpredictable business climate. Integrating your systems into a single telematics platform simplifies your operations and cuts down on manual processes.

A seamless integration with critical systems and functions like your customer relationship management system, billing and HR is a time-saver for a busy fleet. An integrated platform that securely shares data allows you to reap significant business benefits like: 

  • Paperless timesheets and notifications
  • Driver performance monitoring
  • Direct assignment of drivers to jobs
  • Summary of third-party work orders

You need help retaining your drivers and recruiting new ones

 During a nationwide driver shortage that could drag on for some time, it’s important to retain the talent you have on your fleet while still presenting a desirable workplace for new drivers. Telematics helps make life easier for your drivers and makes it possible for them to be as efficient as possible. 

 For example, driver-specific apps give drivers benefits like:

  • Access to important work order details, 
  • Ability to capture job notes, photos and signatures from the field
  • Available turn-by-turn directions and alerts

With near-real time GPS systems data, drivers can also help avoid traffic delays or unsafe conditions. These tools, available to drivers from a single mobile device, make your current drivers’ lives easier and are appealing to new drivers you’re trying to recruit. Additionally, with a telematics solution, fleet managers can have increased oversight of their drivers without micromanaging them. 

You’re looking for ways to keep drivers motivated and safe

Beyond giving your drivers the tools they need to be efficient, we know you are always looking for ways to keep them encouraged and safe. Utilize the information telematics provides to gamify safe driving behaviors. 

With telematics you can survey and monitor safe driving speeds, including specific thresholds for private roads or hazardous areas. Keep a tally of who has the best record for keeping their driving at a safe speed and reward the best drivers. 

Similarly, fleet tracking management software can monitor other unsafe habits like aggressive driving or harsh braking. Motivate your drivers to be safe behind the wheel with a fleetwide leaderboard. 

Telematics in action

With a rapidly growing trucking company, Nick Beck, Owner of Beck Trucking, knew he had to implement new technology to streamline communication with drivers and customers—and Verizon Connect Reveal was the ideal fit. Using the live map, Nick and his staff can see where vehicles are at any time: “I know if they’re idling, if they’re stopped, if they’re at the customer’s location. That is so important to me.”

Before implementing telematics, there was no company data to know which drivers were braking harshly or turning corners too fast. Nick's team also implemented a quarterly safety bonus program, using Reveal to set up a driver score system and award drivers with low infractions.

“The Verizon Connect system truly changed our whole business model.” Nick said. “I couldn’t imagine why anybody wouldn’t want this system.”

Download our 8 Signs You're Ready for Fleet Tracking & Telematics Solutions eBook for more reasons your business is ready to consider telematics fleet management technology. 

Ready to see for yourself how a telematics solution from Verizon Connect can help your fleet? Request a demo today.  

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