It is easy to argue the positive benefits of vehicle tracking for fleet managers: more efficient logistics, reduced operating costs, effective maintenance scheduling, and increased safety. Tracking a driver’s behavior is also beneficial but can be somewhat of a more sensitive topic if the underlying objectives are not properly established.
Current telematics technology can detect and monitor vehicle position, speed, and braking at any given time. Sudden acceleration, deceleration, cornering, or swerving can also be measured in real-time. The more sophisticated systems, such as Geotab’s platform, can even detect idling, seat belt usage, reversing of the vehicle and usage of auxiliary devices.
In the commercial world, fleet managers can create a strategy of training, positive motivation and policy transparency to ease the transition of drivers into the concept of telematics and vehicle tracking. At the consumer level, insurance companies are offering discount rates to customers who choose to use tracking devices in their personal vehicles.
To ensure you’re managing your vehicles and drivers, first consider the following steps:
- Conduct an internal analysis to identify the gaps
- Create actionable and measurable goals and objectives
- Implement the program
- Watch the results
- Give your drivers and internal employees constructive feedback
To learn more about how Geotab works with customers to manage through measurements, request a no-cost online demo today.