The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is a body that promotes and regulates road safety for large commercial vehicles. It has implemented CSA (Compliance, Safety and Accountability) to ensure strict safety standards. This score is graded based on stats such as driver fitness, hours of service compliance, vehicle condition, reported accidents, etc.
In order to be compliant, telematics helps businesses to manage and maintain a fleet while complying with safety protocol. This is a GPS fleet tracking solution that consists of hardware and software. It has several other capabilities apart from tracking the vehicle and is proven to boost productivity.
Using these tools in various combinations can help businesses increase their efficiencies across the board from vehicles to even automating payroll. The GPS device is connected to the processor of the vehicle and makes logs of every event from the moment of ignition. It records events such as braking, idling, steering, etc.
It helps bring about transparency to the business, where the driver is able to easily toggle between two modes for business trips or personal trips. That way the fuel used is being accounted for and it makes it easier to file reports based on that. The data extracted from E-logs are limitless, and when used along with the fleet management software can be used to compile various reports such as IFTA reports, tax reports, fuel reports, etc.
Implementing other tools to the fleet such as dashcams and asset trackers, helps the business promote safety and an increase in ROI. The video recorded by the dash camera can be used to prevent unavoidable expenses, especially in cases of theft and accidents. The footage is considered to be extremely reliable and can be used for insurance claims.
Make an Impact on your Bottom-Line and Improve Productivity
When businesses grow so does their clientele, which means an increase in demand which requires more workforce. Having a telematic solution in place to manage the fleet, helps adhere to safety compliance and significantly improves fleet productivity. This can be achieved by using telematic tools in the right combinations.
Using the GPS device with Fleet Management Software
This is one of the most common combinations and is very effective in what it does. The vehicle continuously transmits signals with vital information such as its current location, route is taken, ETA and also the engine diagnostics. Using this solution fleet managers are able to manage an entire fleet, efficiently.
Being able to track a fleet of vehicles remotely helps reduce the workload and stress of the fleet manager. This allows more time and energy to be devoted to other tasks that need focus.
It has the capability to assign the quickest and most cost and time effective route to the drivers, while taking into consideration the next location and dispatching vehicles accordingly. This alone can help businesses save lots of money by reducing fuel costs and also increases productivity with good time management.
The GPS device sends out regular alerts when the vehicle is due for maintenance, this is a preemptive measure to avoid costs incurred during vehicle breakdowns. Most businesses fail to realize that in addition to repair, towing costs are an expense that most fleet managers do not take into account.
The device can alert the driver and the fleet manager, so that they can fix this beforehand, therefore saving a lot on repairs and maintenance.
Using Dash Cams with Fleet Management Software
This combination is an extremely useful solution that can help a fleet in many aspects such as monitoring the driver, vehicle and protection against fraudulent claims. Sometimes, the GPS device would have recorded an instance of rash driving which affects the driver’s performance scores.
Many times, the driver would be forced to act according to the situation, in such cases the fleet manager can review the tape and assess the situation better. And by using fleet management software, the driver and the fleet manager can coordinate together and reach collective decisions, when a change in route or plan occurs.
This helps build a good relationship between the and the fleet manager, which is very important for a fleet to function smoothly. Having such a system in place ensures transparency as the driver is able to toggle between two modes at the click of a button, business trips and personal trips.
Improving Fleet Productivity using Gamification
Businesses that use telematics solutions to manage their fleet have seen an increase in driver retention and productivity, taking this into consideration, businesses implement a rewards program that incentivizes their drivers to perform better. This is a very effective way to promote good driver behavior and promote road safety.
Fleet managers are able to reward their top drivers and provide necessary feedback and training to those who need improvement. This helps build a strong fleet with the best performing drivers, who are directly responsible for the business’ success. Not only is the business doing well but the drivers sincerely adhere to road safety standards.
Promoting safety has always been a top priority and fleet managers are accountable should anything happen on the road. That is why it is very important to implement tools such as GPs trackers and Dash Cams to manage a fleet better.
When drivers are given the incentive to ensure safety standards, it helps motivate them to follow protocol. This saves a company a lot of money which can be put to better use. Businesses that retain their drivers are able to save costs involved in hiring new drivers and are assured the best of them to handle the fleet.