“We had no way to tell if our previous fuel consumption reports were accurate — it was just numbers on a piece of paper,” Cillessen says. “Now we can go in and match what the guys are putting in compared to what the system is telling us.” Prior to using telematics, like many small- and medium-sized businesses, the drivers would enter their odometer information when they refueled. This information was compiled into a report at the end of each month. But now the company can check the current status of the fleet’s fuel consumption virtually any day of the month.
Before using telematics, with fuel costs continuing to increase, the company wasn’t certain if it was just the cost of fuel or a change in driver behavior, but telematics has given them a better idea of the trend since they can now monitor both driver behavior and average MPG. “In the energy savings business, we stress to our clients that you don’t know unless you measure, so we had to practice what we preach,” Cillessen says.
Cillessen says that in keeping the family mindset, C&C Group shared this information shortly after to all the drivers. They revealed how the change in idling habits was saving the company money, and how management appreciated their willingness to react to emails with such significant action. “And that was another hot month too,” he says, stating that idling dropped even more just in sharing the information with the drivers.
The Numbers Continue
Cillessen explains that C&C Group picked Geotab for all the “bells and whistles” that come with the product and service. And for C&C Group, the company is not letting any of those features go to waste.
The company is also going to use Geotab technology for maintenance management and to help get vehicles in the shop at the right time for oil changes and other preventive care. Using mileage tracking, as a vehicle gets close to its oil change interval, the company’s dispatchers now send email reminders to drivers, whereas before drivers were essentially responsible to remember on their own. “We did a lot of guessing here and there before but now we’re a lot more accurate in sending out reminders,” Cillessen says.
The company is also using telematics to track carbon emissions. Cillessen says that based on numbers year to date, the company expects to save 23,415 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions
With a lot of data being used, Cillessen cautions that it’s easy to fall into the “data overload” trap. But with Geotab as a partner, he says C&C Group has been able to work through those problems and to get the system set up exactly as the company wants to use it.
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