The fundamentals of fleet management begin and end with data. Without it, businesses wouldn’t have the ability to define challenges, visit areas of development and gain a better understanding of their fleet.
It is crucial to gather data, but you also need to know how to analyse it to make a difference to your fleet, allowing you to optimise routes, streamline operations and enhance profit.
Fleet aspects influenced by data
In this article, we discuss the benefits of incorporating fleet data management into your fleet
Plan efficient routes
Route optimisation is one of the biggest reasons data is essential in fleet management. Utilising data can discover the most efficient routes for your fleet to save fuel, time and money and can be done by gathering data from weather tracking, GPS networks and other vehicles.
With help from analytics, you can use this data to find the best route and gain a more accurate idea of road conditions and traffic. The insights from this data will not always find the shortest route but will consider factors such as weather issues and road closures to judge the next steps.
Manage fuel usage and costs
With inflation rising each day, fuel remains one of the most costly yet inescapable expenses for fleets. While removing fuel costs is unavoidable, fleets can use data to minimise the effect and usage of fuel during future journeys.
Data tracking in fleets can specify which vehicles use more fuel, and fleet managers can work through repairs or maintenance to make them more efficient for fuel usage. Not only that, but they can also replace them with more modern, cost-effective fleets that reduce fuel consumption.
How fleets drive the vehicles can also affect the fuel used. Vehicle tracking software provides data highlighting this, which helps fleet managers better understand how they can improve fuel efficiency by offering driver training programmes, which consist of learning fuel-saving techniques. By utilising this data, fleets can reduce fuel demand and their environmental impact.
Track driver behaviour and safety
The data behind how drivers behave on the road has a huge impact on fleet management. While background checks and training can help a great deal to support drivers, telematics data can track driving speeds and driving issues such as seatbelt usage, braking and general driver behaviour.
This data helps managers reward fleets that drive well and address any unsafe driving and room for improvement. As driving improves, fleets will become more cost-effective with less chance of traffic accidents and too much fuel usage.
Predict the need for maintenance
Vehicle maintenance is essential for efficiency and improved fleet processes. Data can enhance maintenance operations by utilising the Internet of Things to collect data on engines and other factors to predict any maintenance needed in the future. Predictive maintenance helps highlight any concerns before they develop and become more expensive to fix.
Safer driving with Drivetech
Data helps us learn and develop ways of improving processes. For fleets, the importance of fleet data management can not go unnoticed. In 2022, managers need to introduce software and telematics that gather all the relevant data required to make a difference for fleets.
Here at Drivetech, we understand the challenges that individual drivers and their employers face. We have researched and designed a range of products that address these fundamental challenges to the working operation and eventual probability of a company. Get in touch with us today to learn more.
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