Let's talk about telematics. To simplify things, telematics is the set of diagnostics, readings and data that can be transferred from your vehicle's computer to another computer and which will subsequently be analyzed. This list could include diagnostic trouble codes, GPS fleet tracking, dash counters, and even driver behavior.
Why invest in a telematics solution?
One of the biggest challenges for fleet managers today is how to keep fuel costs under control. Indeed, a telematics investment can end up paying for itself with only fuel savings, without even considering the other advantages.
Additionally, fleet managers can be informed about areas to avoid, how long vehicles are idling. By forcing drivers to turn off their vehicles, fleets can save a lot of money on what was previously wasted fuel.
For every business, the safety of its drivers is of utmost importance. GPS vehicle tracking can provide a number of statistics that are useful in improving safety.
Although safety is the most important aspect, responsibility cannot be ignored.
Increased safety should lead to fewer accidents, resulting in fewer claims. The less you have to pay in legal fees, insurance claims or auto body repairs, the more money you can save.
GPS tracking can also notify fleet managers of unnecessary stops that drivers may take, such as personal runs, long routes, or long breaks on the side of the road.
Telematics can also help play a role in optimizing the size of the fleet. Using geolocation software, managers can see how many vehicles are in use and how often. So they will also see how many are not being used.
If you decide to downsize your fleet, you'll also save a lot of money on maintenance, insurance, fuel, tires and more.
telematics can also optimize maintenance costs. With corrected driving behaviors, parts like tires and brakes can last longer per vehicle, helping them stay on the road and away from repair shops. Staying up to date on maintenance can also help avoid costly immediate repairs. Additionally, preventative maintenance can be managed and scheduled at convenient times to keep vehicles healthy.
These are just a few of the main advantages of an effective telematics solution. There are many opportunities for successful fleet improvement when telematics software is integrated with a complete fleet management solution, such as the DIGIPARC solution which centralizes all vehicle information and helps fleet managers save more time, improve fleet safety and perfectly control the various costs.