Simplify Work for Your Fleet Managers with Better Telematics
The saying “time is money” is almost 300 years old, but fleet managers of today know all too well how wasted work hours and missed business opportunities can impact fleet productivity and revenue. Fleet managers are the people most affected by the complexity and speed of tasks required every working day.
Fortunately, modern telematics technology has made major strides in the last several years to help fleet’s ensure their businesses are active and their drivers are productive. Following are some common pain points that fleet managers experience and the solutions that telematics technologies can offer to make their work lives easier.
Take the Complexity Out of Fleet Management
Fleet Managers Workload Includes Safety, Vehicle Procurement, Driver Management and More
It’s well-known that fleet managers wear many hats, whether they’re dealing with the areas of safety, procurement, remarketing, or any other key areas involving their fleet. However, being able to effectively monitor and manage their drivers is always top of the list.
Save Time with Solutions that Feed the Right Data to Your Fleet Manager
Fortunately, telematics solutions can help make keeping an eye on driver activity much more manageable. Though this sometimes can even be an overwhelming task for fleets, too, if the technology being used is not intuitively designed for them. There are solutions available now that can take out some of the additional complexity that some fleet technologies create and ultimately give the managers exactly what they want much more actively, rather than have them search for what they need.
“While there are many track-and-trace telematics service providers out there, GPS Trackit excels at simplifying the experience,” said Devin Meadows GPS Trackit, Director of Product Management.
Let the Data Work for Your Fleet
Fleet management is a responsibility that requires managers to be skilled in several areas of business management. But sometimes fleet managers are also tasked to take on roles that are outside the realm of what is defined as “fleet management.”
The Fleet Manager’s Daily Work Load is Growing
A recent study from Automotive Fleet found many fleet managers have additional responsibilities beyond the roles of fleet:
According to respondents of the survey:
33% were also preoccupied with planning and handling meetings
8% said they were busy with employee mobility services
6% also worked on travel services
3% dealt with personal relocation
Using Optimized Reports and Alerts to Get More Done in Less Time
Because fleet managers often have so much more on their plate than simply managing vehicles, it can be difficult to also find the time to give the vehicle fleet the attention it deserves. Fortunately, current fleet technology is also here to help fleets do just that, by allowing managers to schedule out times to receive reports on data that are specific to certain aspects and timeframes of their fleet which are most beneficial for their review.
“With easy-to-read and understand maps, reports, and alerts users can quickly get in, get out, and get on with their day while still maintaining the benefits of having ongoing alerts for unwanted behaviors or receiving a summarized report every morning with whatever data interests them the most,” said Meadows.
Keep an Eye on Driver Behavior
Speaking of simplifying experiences, some of the most beneficial fleet technologies are able to provide managers with solutions that can actively assist them with eliminating or curbing the common problems that regularly plague them with regard to driver behavior.
Some key driver issues that are a common pain point for fleets include aggressive behaviors such as:
– Hard Braking
– Hard Turns
– Rapid Accelerations
– Sudden Stops
Regarding current driver safety issues, traffic fatalities increased in 2020, according to preliminary data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with speeding as one of the primary causes for the rise in deaths. Effectively monitoring drivers is more important than ever.
Using Driver Behavior Scorecards and Reports to Quickly Identify Risky Drivers
Robust fleet solutions available today can give managers specific fleet reports they need to support and correct fleet driver behaviors in a number of nuanced ways, including via alerts to fleet managers from triggered events. Whether fleet managers are trying to analyze a certain group of drivers or review particular periods of business activity to monitor for certain behaviors, modern technologies, like digital driver behavior scorecards, will help.
Fleet Managers Customize Driver Scorecards to Identify Driver Behaviors that Cause Risk
“Not every fleet manager has the time to review reports of when and where their drivers were when they were speeding. Our Driver Scorecard summarizes what types of behaviors are a problem for drivers in order to coach or reward them. The customization we offer for this tool is essential or it can be hard to see if a driver is being penalized for very minor speed infractions versus a repeat offender taking turns too hard that is going unnoticed,” said Meadows.
If you’d like to learn more about how GPS Trackit can help to improve safety, increase productivity and reduce costs for your business, speak with one of our knowledgeable Fleet Advisors at 866-320-5810 or get a quick Custom Quote.