Next Level Fleet Management
Save money and avoid downtime with an amplified fleet management system
What is proper fleet management?
It’s all about making the right decisions based on the most accurate data. Proper data-powered fleet management can save time, money, and effort thatcan directly affect your bottom line.
As a fleet manager, you’re tasked with endless responsibilities. Running a commercial Fleet management business entails organizing, coordinating, tracking, and maintaining your company’s vehicles while striving to:
>> Let’s break
those goals down
>> Reducing operational costs
While you shouldn’t cut any corners when it comes to your drivers’ continuous training and vehicle upkeep, you should pay attention to areas where you can actually save money. This means avoiding unnecessary costs in
- Fuel consumption
- Damage to assets (or even lost vehicles)
- Insurance premiums and lawsuits due to accidents
- The loss of reputation that can ultimately result in
the loss of profits
>> Increasing productivity
You’ll need to pay special attention to things that might affect both your drivers’ and your vehicles’ efficiency. As a consequence, these will also affect the efficiency of the entire business that should operate like a well-oiled machine. This includes staying on top of things like:
- The condition of your vehicles
- Route planning
- Monitoring the drivers’ hours of service (HOS)
- The drivers’ behavior on the road
Should you notice any problems in these areas, you can then dedicate resources to specific areas of improvement such as fixing mechanical issues, finding the best routes, and organizing employee training in line with your observations.
>> Sustaining a culture of safety
It’s a no brainer that no good comes out of having your vehicles involved in repeated accidents. It will result not only in increased insurance premiums or even lawsuits (not to mention potential injuries or loss of human life), but will also affect your company’s public image and productivity of the employee(s) directly involved in such situations.
Being a fleet manager means you want to create and sustain a culture of safety. This entails a collective and on-going commitment to making safety a team effort, enforcing accountability and sustaining the highest possible levels of safety (in terms of your vehicles and drivers, but also in terms of the wider public - other drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and inanimate objects). It requires:
- Staying on top of your vehicles’ condition
- Monitoring driver behavior and driving habits
- Taking preventative measures
- Enforcing accountability
Leveraging the power of data to achieve those goals
Any fleet manager can monitor and coordinate all of the above with the right solution. While most solutions out there offer telematics or video telematics alone, in our case that’s just one part of our amplified fleet management platform. Our unique combination includes radar-based collision prevention, ELD (Electronic Logging Device) and real-time dash camera, providing you with real-time visibility into your fleet’s operations, informing and alerting you about:
- Harsh braking and rapid acceleration
- Distracted driving
- GPS location and geofencing
- Fuel consumption
- Driver scoring (ECO)
- ELD compliance
- Potential road hazards and other items
- Collision events
>> Here’s what you need
to know about each:
Harsh braking and rapid acceleration
These aggressive driving habits increase the possibility of all kinds of damaging situations:
- Reputation damage
- Unnecessary fuel consumption
- Brake and tire wear
They can incur avoidable costs such as in legal/insurance rates, vehicle maintenance, decreased business opportunities, as well as reducing the overall vehicle lifespan.
According to a study on driver safety:
of vehicle accident injuries cause
employees to miss work
The rising number of car crash-related injuries
growing 6.2% annually between 2013-2017 in the US
These aggressive driving habits increase the possibility
of all kinds of damaging situations:
In 2019, the US vehicle insurance rates were
higher than in 2011
and they’ve increased consistently every year since 2013,
with an average annual premium of
The vehicle crash costs to employers have seen a steady
growth as well, amounting to
in 2018 alone.
Collisions can not only result in injuries and loss of human life but also hefty lawsuit damages, as seen in 2019 when eight lawsuits were filed related to a deadly crash in Florida caused by a commercial truck driver in which seven people died. Each of the lawsuits demanded $50,000 in damages. In another instance, a father and son injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver won a $35M lawsuit against the driver’s employer, JHOC, Inc.
As you can see, there is no shortage of potentially troubling behaviors and scenarios. Gathering information about these issues allows fleet managers to identify which drivers need additional training to avoid said problems, thus helping cultivate a culture of safety and reducing related costs.
SDS allows you to keep an eye on aggressive driving habits
Equally dangerous as aggressive driving is distracted driving, which is where our radar-based collision prevention unit and two-sided real-time dash camera come in handy. The radar unit sends alerts to both the driver and fleet manager of distracted driving habits like lane departure. The camera captures both your driver’s face and the road and streams the video onto a cloud platform available through a mobile app or desktop browser.
Our solution is the only one that allows you to access the data from the radar-based collision prevention system in retrospect so you can analyze the information in detail. Having access to information about distracted driving can help you see which drivers are most prone to such behavior so you can bring it to their attention and/or implement training.