Installing telematics into your commercial vehicles has the following benefits:
Reduces operational costs
Telematics software can work similar to sat-nav systems, helping to keep drivers updated on road conditions and hazards. They can also reroute the driver on new routes and find preferred petrol stations, all of which help the fuel economy, thereby lowering operational costs.
Encourages safer driving
When your employees know that their driving is being monitored, they will be more likely to practice safer driving. Having telematics to monitor a driver’s behaviour can also allow them to see how they can change their driving to be more economical.
Encourages employee engagement
Drivers of commercial vehicles can sometimes be isolated in their vehicles, sometimes for hours on end, which can be both detrimental to their physical and mental health.
Telematics gives drivers the ability to communicate with someone, whether this is a supervisor, co-worker, dispatcher or client, to give updates on travel progress, vehicle concerns, delivery requests or road conditions.
Because the telematics technology can track location, you will be able to find your vehicle if it was stolen, hopefully making the recovery process simpler. Some advanced telematics can also ask the driver to enter a passcode before the vehicle will start, helping to reduce the risk of theft straight away.
The communication aspects of telematics can also help drivers to alert the police or appropriate authority in the event of the theft, and even share the exact location of the vehicle.
Simplifies data collection
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) require drivers of commercial vehicles to keep track of their working hours, break times and driving routes. Telematics can record all of this information in compliance with the DVSA, so they don’t have to spend time manually recording these.
Telematics software can track a range of issues that your vehicle can experience. If there is an engine issue or diagnostic concern, your telematics can notify the driver and guide them to the nearest garage for repair. Telematics can also be programmed to inform the driver of required oil changes or tyre pressure checks.
Telematics can also keep track of when you are due for an MOT.
One of the most well-known uses of a telematics system is for insurance purposes. Younger drivers may opt to have a black box installed into their car, which monitors their driving, allowing for a reduced premium if their insurer deems them to be a safer driver.
The same can also be done for telematics for commercial vehicle insurance, which can provide evidence to your insurer that you are attempting to reduce risk, which could result in lower premiums for your fleet insurance.
However, if your team doesn’t drive well in your commercial vehicles whilst a telematics system is installed, this could increase your premium.