Does your business have employees out on the road in company vehicles? Perhaps transport or logistics is the focus of what you do, and you operate a large fleet of vehicles and drivers – or maybe you just have a number of mobile sales reps or service engineers.
Whatever the size of your fleet, it’s likely to represent a significant part of your overheads, but do you know exactly where your vehicles are all of the time? Can you be certain they’re always being driven safely, legally and efficiently?
You might think of DRC primarily for mobile phone technology and Unified Communications solutions, but for many years now, we’ve also been helping our clients with smart vehicle tracking systems (along with solutions for tracking and protecting mobile phones and employees who work alone – more on these in future blogs). In fact we were early adopters of smart vehicle tracking ourselves – first employing it back when we had a team of mobile engineers travelling around the UK installing in-car hands-free sets.
The technology has moved on a long way since then, and today it does a lot more than simply enable you to locate where a vehicle is. Nowadays, sophisticated tracking systems can link into a vehicle’s telematics, monitor every aspect of how it’s being driven, and provide you with valuable data that can inform the way you run your operations.
Smart vehicle tracking is not about using technology to ‘spy’ on your drivers. Used strategically, it’s a tool that can dramatically improve the efficiency of your business by helping to:
1. Know exactly where your vehicles are
Smart tracking uses GPS to monitor the precise location of your vehicles 24/7, providing you with a real-time visual display and traffic information. Having this data at your fingertips enables you to utilise your fleet as efficiently as possible, and to be highly responsive to the needs of your customers.
2. Improve driver skills
Having detailed information on the way that individual employees are driving your vehicles gives you the ability to help them eliminate bad habits and improve their driving skills. The flexibility to compare data over days, weeks, months, or specified time periods allows you to be able to set benchmarks or KPIs – even to incentivise and reward your best drivers. If required, dashboard display units operating on a ‘traffic light’ system can be fitted to vehicles to encourage drivers to stay within pre-set parameters.
3. Reduce fuel, servicing & maintenance costs
Monitoring driving habits including acceleration, braking, cornering and engine idle time can help to reduce fuel consumption, servicing and maintenance costs for your fleet. Even small incremental changes in driver behaviour can result in significant savings.
4. Stay legal, minimise penalties & reduce accidents
Your fleet is an extension of your brand. Vehicle tracking will ensure your drivers behave as you want them to when they are representing your business out and about. Discouraging speeding will minimise penalties and help to reduce the risk of accidents.
5. Get instant event alerts
Managers and supervisors can get instant alerts emailed to their PC or mobile device to notify them if a vehicle triggers a pre-set parameter such as speed, idling time or geographic location.
6. Run reports & produce automated time sheets
Smart vehicle tracking can provide fleet and finance managers with precision data that can be used for calculating driver overtime and allocating costs for accurate customer billing. At DRC we have experience helping organisations – including one of the UK’s leading coach operators, to implement smart vehicle tracking and use it to take full advantage of the many benefits it can deliver. If vehicles have a critical role to play in your company, get in touch with us today to find out more about how smart tracking can transform the efficiency of your business!