6 ways telematics benefits your fleet

Today’s auto technology focuses heavily on telematics systems and getting valuable data and insights into fleet operations.  

These insights can improve efficiency, safety, and fleet vehicles’ performance and lifespan.

Telematics data can also be tracked and analyzed to direct future fleet management strategies and driver training, as well as save money.  

The introduction of a telematics system can also change the fleet’s culture and policies, leading to better buy-in from drivers and data-backed policies that reflect the actual conditions the fleet drivers face on the roads. These gradual shifts can improve operations and decrease spending.  

So, what are the top benefits of telematics for fleet managers?  

6 benefits of telematics for your fleet 

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1. Data right at your fingertips 

Get real-time information and reports to make smarter business decisions regarding fleet maintenance, fleet spending, and even improve driver training and coaching methods. With just a few taps on your keyboard, you gain better insight into how your drivers behave on the road, their average level of productivity, and how often they’re fueling up, and at what cost.  

This live data can be analyzed faster and doesn’t require manual entry or manipulation. Get access to the metrics that matter most to your fleet in just minutes. 

2. Connected and integrated 

Connect your vehicles to your telematics dashboard to get the whole picture, as well as pull data right from the source – the vehicles themselves instead of the drivers. With better internet coverage and cell tower networks, these systems are updated every few minutes to keep you connected to your drivers.  

Most telematics systems are also designed to easily integrate with other automotive technologies without impacting your warranties.  

3. Predictive insights 

Be ahead of the curve with predictive insights from your telematics softwareThe software can understand and interpret driver behaviors and patterns to alert you to preventative maintenance needed, routing changes, or any other issues you may need to tend to.  

The predictive nature of telematics helps you know what’s going on before it becomes a problem. 

4. Drivers’ safety 

Keep drivers and others safe on the road by analyzing drivers’ speeds, harsh braking events, acceleration speeds, or any other risky driving behavior. Most telematics systems offer driver scorecards and incentivize drivers to follow their driver training to improve their score.  

5. Drivers’ productivity 

See how efficient your drivers and routes are with your telematics system. This can help you identify route changes, schedule changes, or even redoing routes to improve productivity. You can also analyze how long vehicles are idling and potentially burning fuel they shouldn’t be.  

6. Budget impacts 

All this data can help fleet managers better forecast budgets for fuel costs, maintenance costs, accident costs, and even insurance costs. Some insurance providers even lower rates when fleets implement a telematics solution as they’re being proactive at improving operations and reducing risk.  

By taking into account all the other data points, you can find ways to optimize routes, improve fuel efficiency, and keep vehicles in peak working condition to keep costs low in your fleet.  

So, what do you do with all that data? 

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There are many benefits of telematics for fleet managers but there is also a lot of data to go through and analyze before you can take action that actually improves your fleet’s operations. When it comes to implementing change in your fleet sometimes having the data isn’t enough.  

We trust telematics systems to show us the real data of how our fleets operate, so why aren’t we trusting other parts of our fleet to carry out the work? 

With Active Vehicle Management (AVM), or vehicle software upgrades, your fleet vehicles take responsibility for their part in improving fleet operations. 

With AVM, you can implement speed governors in your vehicles to keep drivers safe on the road, reduce speeding incidents and traffic tickets, and reduce fuel costs.  

With AVM, you can also enact Distracted Driver Prevention (DDP), which locks a driver’s phone so they can’t text, email, or get distracted by their phone. Derive’s DDP locks the phone to the Derive app, which has built-in navigation, so you can be assured your drivers are paying attention to the road and not their apps.  

AVM has many other great benefits, but these are just a few to show the potential of how you can pair telematics data with action-driven technology to improve fleet operations.  

Interested in how AVM can benefit your fleet? Contact us to learn more!