Managing a fleet isn’t just about the vehicles. Fleet managers must also look into driver schedules, routes, safety, etc. you must ensure that your drivers are plying only along the route they are given, are sticking to their timelines, driving safely and following all the other company guidelines. This is where a driver management system can be helpful. This system gives fleet managers real-time information about the location of all the vehicles in the fleet, their fuel usage, and other telematics data. Why do you need this- here are a few reasons.
By leveraging the vehicle’s GPS data, you will know where your vehicles are in real-time, what speed they are traveling at and the direction your driver is taking. This allows you to correctly estimate the time of arrival and communicate the same to the customer. If there’s an unexpected breakdown, you’ll be intimated of the same instantly. Thus, even if your driver is not able to get in touch with you, you will be able to inform the customer of the delay.
Build Trust-based Relationships
A driver management system doesn’t just track the GPS location of your vehicles, it also gives you telematics data about the speed at which the vehicle is traveling, how well the driver is following road rules, etc. This encourages drivers to follow the rules and drive safely within speed limits. In turn, this reduces the risk of accidents and builds trust.
Better Management of Driver’s Time
By knowing where your drivers are at all times, you can monitor their productivity. You will know when your drivers have taken a break, how long they take breaks for, how frequently they stop their vehicles and other such information. This helps track productivity. Since the driver’s are aware that you have access to this information, they are less likely to halt unnecessarily and will be more proactive.
Timely Maintenance of Vehicles
Along with ensuring that your drivers are following traffic rules and driving within the speed limits, your vehicles must also be well maintained to minimize the risk of accidents. Real-time telematics information from your vehicles can help you do this. For example, it gives you up-to-date accurate odometer readings to plan preventive maintenance.
Track Fuel Consumption
Fuel is the biggest recurring cost factor for fleets. A fleet management system makes collecting data about fuel consumption simpler and less open to manipulation. With this data, fleet managers can estimate the fuel needs for each route and compare mileage to distance traveled. By tracking usage and fuel prices at various filling stations, it helps you determine the best routes and maximizes fuel economy.
The system flags discrepancies in fuel consumption and routes. It also allows you to set limits and restrictions on driver expenses on fuel. Thus, it also reduces the risk of fuel theft by drivers.
Set Safety Standards
A driver management system helps you set and maintain your safety standards. Drivers are less likely to drive rashly when they know you will get updates of their movement. In the case of an accident, it gives you access to information that can help determine the cause of the accident. This may play an important role in insurance claims. By looking at a driver’s performance over time, it can help you analyze driver behavior and understand why and when a driver isn’t following safety protocols.
Real-time fleet management information helps keep your drivers and your vehicles safe. What’s more, these systems are built to be scalable. Thus, whether you have 10 vehicles or 100, each vehicle and its drivers will be accounted for.
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