As you might expect, we get lots of questions from fleet owners about telematics for fleet truck management: How it works, what the benefits are, and if it’s right for their business. We’re here to answer those questions for you.
Broadly, telematics for fleet truck management is a technology that gives you the ability to remotely track and monitor vehicles. Telematics can be used to track a variety of data points, including location, speed, mileage, fuel consumption, and more. This data can then be used to improve fleet operations by reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
How Does Fleet Telematics Benefit You?
For example, let’s say you want to lower your fuel costs. Telematics can help you do that by providing real-time data on your vehicles’ fuel consumption. You can use this data to identify which trucks are using the most fuel and make changes accordingly. Maybe you decide to switch to a more fuel-efficient route or adjust your trucks’ idling times. Either way, telematics will give you the insights you need to make decisions that will save you money.
In addition to reducing costs, telematics can also help you increase efficiency by giving you better visibility into your fleet operations. With telematics, you can see exactly where your trucks are at all times and track their progress as they make deliveries. This information can be used to optimize routes and schedules so that your drivers spend less time on the road and more time making deliveries.
Thompson Trading used GPS Trackit to increase the number of clients it could service on its delivery routes by 20 percent using the same number of trucks and crew–all while reducing the amount of fuel those trucks consumed. The fuel savings alone was $4,000 per year, using a system that costs less than a cup of coffee per truck per day.
How Does Telematics for Fleet Truck Management Work?
GPS Trackit’s industry-leading solution simply attaches to the inside of a vehicle’s windshield. The GPS-enabled unit gives the vehicle’s precise location on a central dashboard. Optional dual-facing cameras can provide a complete view of the driver and what he or she sees out on the road. A connection to the vehicle’s engine management module transmits data like speed, acceleration, and braking. The devices can even measure temperature, humidity, and axle load relative to a trailer or container. With that information, you can see exactly how safely and efficiently your crews are driving—and the status of your cargo.
Why Do Customers Love Fleets that Use Telematics?
We’ll let a GPS Trackit customer tell the story herself. Elizabeth Donald supervises a fleet of pool service trucks in metro Dallas. She uses telematics for fleet truck management to verify jobs have been completed and to give customers specific ETAs for their service. “When a customer will call and ask, I can check my technician and see where they are in their day,” says Donald. “They’re always wowed by the fact that we know where our guys are.”
Our team of experienced Fleet Advisors can provide you with a free, personalized demo that shows you how telematics for fleet truck management from GPS Trackit can help you grow your business.