6 telematics features to be thankful for in your fleet

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

There’s a lot to be thankful for this year around the Derive offices and we wanted to take a quick second to say thank you to our clients. We appreciate the opportunity to prove ourselves as a leader in Active Vehicle Management and provide quality fleet management solutions to you. We’re thankful for our great business partners and looking forward to continuing to fuel results for your fleet in the New Year.

If you’re looking to drive up results next year, you might want to pay extra attention to these six important telematics features.

1. Idle and fuel use

Fuel accounts for a lot of your fleet’s operating expenses and excessive idling can quickly drive fuel costs through the roof. Actively manage and monitor your vehicles’ idle time to find ways to cut fuel costs. 

At Derive, we optimize each vehicle to lower RPMs in idle as we know some operations require power at a job site or the vehicle to be on, but that doesn’t mean we can make the engine perform better and use less fuel while it waits.

Another fuel guzzler is speeding and our calibrations can include speed limiters to ensure drivers are driving safely within the speed limit and not wasting gas while they’re on the road.

2. Driver scorecards

Driver scorecards allow you to assess your drivers’ behaviors and make sure they’re following your safety policies, as well as meeting productivity goals. Track speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration, and non-compliance with seatbelt policies.

Monitoring these behaviors can reduce your liability, protect your fleet drivers from accidents, and help with your vehicles’ lifespan by not forcing additional maintenance or repairs from excessive wear and tear.

3. Vehicle maintenance

Vehicle maintenance features ensure your vehicles are always up to date with preventative services and notify you immediately if a vehicle is having a problem in the field. By having healthy, well-maintained vehicles, you burn less fuel, keep your drivers and  others on the road safe, and extend the lifecycle of your fleet vehicles.

4. Breadcrumb trail

Most telematics systems provide a map with real-time GPS vehicle tracking so you can locate vehicles at any time, but why not dig into your drivers’ workdays a little bit further?

This can help you identify more efficient routes or clustering of job sites, as well as see trends for productivity goals and time averages for job site visits, idle time, or drive time between sites.

5. Geofences

Another way breadcrumb trails can be beneficial is by identifying areas your drivers are spending too much time or areas they shouldn’t be visiting in the first place. By setting up proper geofences you can make sure drivers are productive and focusing on their route or the job at hand instead of driving out of appropriate work boundaries.  

6. Mobile app

Being able to monitor and manage your fleet on the go is an important feature as you shouldn’t be required to be tied to your desk all day long. Your telematics solutions should have an app so you can check mission-critical information while you’re away from your office.

Driver apps are also important so you can better manage drivers and let them self-monitor their driving habits and their impacts on the fleet as a whole.

Want to learn how to get the most out of telematics and Active Vehicle Management? Download a copy of your free guide now – it makes for great reading over the holidays!