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How Telematics Makes Your Fleet Safer for Drivers

  • By Cesar Yepez

Bumper stickers that read, “tell me how I’m driving” followed by a phone number is sometimes the only means of communicating to fleet owners how their drivers perform. And honestly, most people don’t put in the time of day to actually report anything.

Running a fleet with numerous drivers headed in all different directions makes keeping track of their driving habits difficult and a real headache.  That is where telematics devices come in handy.

What is Telematics?

Telematics devices are generally installed into a car or truck, and it records information about the driver’s habits, including miles driven, speed, and frequent stops. Most systems keep track of driving times as well. The data gathered can show if a driver practices good or poor driving habits.

After hooking up a telematics device, it will start recording information about driving behavior, which can be transmitted to fleet owners or managers conveniently. While the driver is on the road, the device records the data, which can help keep managers and owners up to date, and it reminds drivers to be wary of their driving patterns.

By measuring miles driven, drivers are responsible for staying on task.  It can also be helpful in letting managers know if a driver needed to take a detour.  It broadens the communications spectrum and allows managers to assist drivers on finding the best routes.

How Telematics is Helpful and Safer

Recording unsafe habits is an important benefit of telematics devices.  The device, once installed into the driver’s vehicle, can record speed, hard breaking, hard acceleration, and if the driver turns corners too quickly.

The monitoring of these behaviors forces drivers to drive more carefully.  It gives them a reason to watch their speeds and be less aggressive when driving, knowing that all their data will be passed on to their fleet managers. It also gives drivers goals to work towards in improving their habits.

The level of direct communication offered through telematics devices bypasses the need for making constant phone calls or other means of time-consuming communication.  Telematics devices assure that drivers will make it to their respective appointments on time and promotes overall productivity.

It also gives managers opportunities to identify complications with the vehicle itself that needs to be fixed and address drivers that need improvements.

Overall, telematics devices help bridge any communication gaps between drivers and their fleet manager.  It also holds drivers accountable to uphold good driving habits and leaves no excuse for poor driving.  Generating driving accountability is key in maintaining a safe environment for everyone on the road.  Safety is a top priority.

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