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Commercial Fleets Benefit from Telematics

If your company maintains a fleet – whether it be a handful of cars or dozens of commercial vehicles – you’re well aware of the positive impact efficient fleet management can have on your bottom line. But managing a fleet and drivers can be a challenge, particularly given the potential for accidents, employee injuries, liability concerns and increased costs associated with vehicle upkeep.

VTC Insurance Group understands the key to optimizing your fleet operation is to take a proactive approach to fleet management. To help accomplish this, consider equipping your vehicles with a telematic device, which can help reduce numerous fleet risks, improve efficiency and promote safe driving behaviors.

The Basics of Telematics

Telematics is a form of vehicle software that combines the features of telecommunications and informatics to help businesses effectively manage and monitor their fleet. This software operates by connecting to telematics devices installed in a vehicle, including GPS technology, sensors, mobile applications, dashcams and vehicle engine diagnostics solutions. Common data collected by vehicle telematics software includes:

  • Vehicle speeds
  • Vehicle locations
  • Diagnostics data related to fuel efficiency and vehicle performance
  • Driving behaviors (e.g., braking intensity or acceleration frequency)
  • Vehicle weights
  • Movement patterns of a vehicle
  • Distracted driving incidents (e.g., smartphone usage)

Telematics can be used in a variety of different commercial vehicles, including cars, cargo vans, tractor-trailers, buses and heavy equipment. Many employers use this technology to monitor vehicle deliveries, determine routes, communicate with drivers, review employee driving practices and detect vehicle maintenance concerns.

Why Telematics Can Be a Smart Solution

Utilizing telematics software can benefit your fleet by:

  • Reducing operational costs—Telematics software can help keep drivers updated on upcoming traffic concerns or road hazards, offer rerouting options and locate preferred gas stations—all of which can contribute to maximum fuel efficiency and lowered operational costs.
  • Encouraging safe driving—Because telematics software detects driving behavior, employees will be even more motivated to follow safe driving practices and meet organizational standards. In addition, this technology allows employees to better monitor their individual driving habits and detect flaws that they might not have realized otherwise.
  • Fostering employee engagement—Drivers spend the majority of their workday confined to a vehicle with minimal communication opportunities, which can be harmful to both their physical and mental health. By implementing telematics software in your fleet, drivers will have an increased ability to digitally communicate and interact with others (e.g. their supervisor, co-workers and dispatchers) regarding travel progress, road conditions, delivery requests or vehicle concerns.
  • Bolstering fleet security—Due to advanced tracking and communication features, telematics software can also help keep your fleet safe and secure in an emergency. For example, you can utilize telematics tracking to detect the location and route of any stolen vehicles—thus simplifying the vehicle recovery process. Apart from preventing theft, telematics software can also help drivers quickly alert the proper authorities and share their exact location in the event of an accident on the road.
  • Ensuring vehicle maintenance—Telematics software is able to detect a wide range of vehicle breakdown or maintenance problems, such as engine issues or diagnostic concerns. Also, telematics software can be programmed to inform drivers of routine maintenance requirements, such as an oil change or tire pressure check.
  • Reducing administrative costs—Telematics allows employers to digitize records that would otherwise have to be maintained manually, which can be a time-consuming process. Specifically, through telematics, employers can generate reports regarding expenses, driver performance, maintenance and fuel expenses.

VTC Insurance Group is committed to helping you manage risk and maximize the success of your business. To learn more about telematics, or for expert insurance and loss control guidance, please contact a VTC Insurance Group agent, give us a call, or visit vtcins.com.

The above content is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.

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