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Three things your fleet data could be trying to tell you

By Simon Austin November 13, 2018

Your fleet may be producing vast amounts of valuable data every minute of every day but without the technology to help you fully understand it, this counts for very little.

If you can’t understand what your data is saying then there’s no way of knowing whether your fleet is performing efficiently. It’s also difficult to ascertain whether your drivers are safe when out on the road or whether your vehicles are exactly where they should be at all times.

With that in mind, here are three things your fleet data could be trying to tell you along with how GPS tracking could help you to understand it:  

You’re wasting fuel

Fuel is a major outgoing cost for most fleets. Anything that can help to bring down this cost is likely to be embraced by both business owners and fleet managers. Your fleet data could help you here by highlighting areas of waste and inefficiency.

Data collected on uneconomical driving behaviours, such as idling, speeding and harsh acceleration can be used to train drivers into more mindful driving practices. In the UK, simply driving at 70mph instead of 80mph can reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%, while the RAC reports that between 5% to 8% of total fuel consumption occurs while idling.

Eradicating, or at least minimising such behaviours can go a long way to helping to reduce fuel costs.

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Your fleet is unsafe

You may have records on job completion and driver start and finish time. But how much do you know about what occurs during each journey to and from deliveries or job sites? Are your drivers speeding or driving aggressively? Are they wearing seatbelts? Ultimately, how safe is your fleet? GPS fleet tracking can help you find out.

A comprehensive GPS solution gathers data on everything from seat belt use to instances of speeding, aggressive acceleration and harsh cornering, allowing you to spot and minimise such behaviours. Many also include audible in-cab buzzers to alert drivers as soon as unsafe driving practices occur, allowing them to correct their driving style immediately.

Your vehicles don’t clock off when you think they do

Do you know what happens to your vehicles once your drivers ‘clock off’ for the day? Do they go back to the depot? Do your drivers park them at their homes for the night? Or are your drivers, along with your company vehicles, performing private jobs or running personal errands? Without analysing your fleet location data, how can you really know?

With GPS tracking, not only can you view near real-time vehicle location data to ascertain whether your vehicles are where they should be, but you can also receive alerts should one go astray.

Simply set geofences around your vehicles and along permitted routes and as soon as one of your vehicles deviates from these areas, or is started outside of working hours, you’ll be notified straight away.

These are just a few of the ways understanding your data can help you run a more efficient fleet. For further information on our GPS tracking solution, request a demo today.  

Simon Austin

Simon is the Associate Director, International Marketing, EMEA & APAC. With over 20 years marketing experience in the IT software and business analytics industry, Simon believes passionately in the power of data and how it can help business realise their full potential faster.

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