Trick or treat in your fleet

With Halloween right around the corner we thought it’d be a fitting time to take a note out of Ghostbusters’ book and become fleet management Mythbusters!

We’re sharing the truth behind some of these common fleet management myths when it comes to adding telematics or new tech to your operations. Don’t let these ideas play tricks on your fleet management strategy or you could be missing out on the treat of improved productivity and efficiency across your fleet!

5 telematics myths you need to banish this Halloween

1. I don’t want my fleet to be Big Brother

Implementing telematics into your fleet isn’t about constantly keeping track of your drivers, but about improving fleet efficiencies and reducing operating costs. Good drivers will understand this and how the technology benefits them and their fellow drivers, and most of your good drivers who have nothing to worry about will actually want to be rewarded for following your policies.

Having proper tracking and telematics in place can provide better driver security and legal coverage against claims. Having this technology in place is a benefit to the driver and the entire fleet.

2. Drivers will experience a decrease in productivity

Adding another step or process to a driver’s or fleet manager’s day may seem like it slows productivity down, but in the long-term it’ll streamline operations. From improved routing and dispatch to running more fuel-efficient vehicles requiring less fuel ups, you’ll see more productivity out of your drivers. Most telematics tools only take seconds to connect to the main system for drivers to check-in or find out about their next job.

3. It will interfere with the vehicle’s performance and warranty

In fact, most solutions make it safer for your vehicles’ operations and performance. At Derive, we focus on technology that enforces safety compliance in your fleet’s day-to-day operations, like wearing a seatbelt or not using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Derive’s Active Vehicle Management (AVM) solutions, like reducing idle RPM and implementing speed limiters will not void or impact your vehicle’s warranty. So not only will your vehicles perform better and be safer, but you might even get a discount in insurance for these safety initiatives!

4. I use other tools to manage my fleet

We’d be surprised if you didn’t have other tools in your toolkit, but telematics not only provides real-time tracking and data it also analyzes the data for you to find areas of improvement. Do your current systems offer metrics about time spent on sites, maintenance alerts, driver behaviors and idling, fuel usage, and safety violations? With telematics, you can track all the important metrics in one system.  

5. I can’t quantify ROI

Any business investment should provide a return and most telematics solutions provide ROI for your fleet’s productivity, fuel efficiency, safety, and sustainability. For tracking ROI, it’s important to do analysis before and after implementing the technology, and make sure you’re tracking the right metrics for your fleet. If you don’t know how your fleet performs today, you won’t be able to track ROI.

Interested in more information about tracking the right metrics and KPIs in your telematics system? Read our blog here on how to measure the performance of your fleet!

Trick or treat? Download our guide to improving productivity in your fleet for some scary-good insights on how to boost productivity this fall!