2 Important Benefits of Telematics: Increased Driver Safety & New Incentives

When your company vehicles are loaded with telematics technology, it opens up a world of possibilities. Telematics does not only help businesses watch employee behavior. GPS tracking and video recording options can add additional driver safety! 

You wonder how driver safety factors in? Imagine this… A terrible storm strikes the coast of Florida while you have vehicles on the road. All but one return. You call the driver and no one answers the phone.

What do you do? 

If you didn’t have telematics software installed in the vehicle, there is very little that you can do besides calling the police and hoping for the best. But with GPS tracking, you can find the vehicle’s exact location and the driver inside.

Many people have been successfully rescued from life-or-death situations when every precious minute matters. Whether they are suffering from a heart attack or caught in a natural disaster, knowing where your drivers are is crucial.

But there are many other reasons why telematics software can increase driver safety. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important.

driver safety and telematics

Accidents

No one wants to fall asleep behind the wheel, but it happens. Even when we are alert and careful, accidents can still occur. And whether it’s our fault or not, being able to walk away from a crash is a privilege – Not everyone is that lucky. That’s why driver safety is so imperative!

If your driver is incapacitated after a hit-and-run or if he or she goes off the road and is too injured to phone 911, telematics can alert your office, so they can quickly dispatch emergency personnel to the location.

Correcting Dangerous Behavior

Your employees may not like it when you notice that they are not wearing their seat belts or they are not braking enough, but correcting bad driving habits adds to driver safety because it can prevent accidents and save lives. 

You can use telematics data and camera footage as evidence to reinforce rules for your drivers and remedy potentially lethal mistakes before they cause an accident. Reward safe drivers and achieve increased driver safety by encouraging safe driving behaviors and practices. 

Telematics Intel for Enhanced Driver Safety

Your company vehicles, just like your phone, can track their current location, location history, and a chronology of your travels. It has the ability to determine when your vehicle is driven, where it goes, its speed, and whether it’s accelerating too fast or the brakes are hit too hard. Even cell phone or seatbelt use can be recorded!

Businesses that include telematics software are focused on driver safety for their employees, as well as their performance. This, in turn, improves driver retention rates, increases morale, and makes each driver feel motivated to be their personal best, especially with the addition of new incentives.

tax incentives

Driver Safety plus New Incentives

Driver safety is critical for fleet businesses, and both insurance companies and the government know it. When you demonstrate that you are taking every step possible to ensure that your employees drive safely, they reward you with new incentives.

If saving money on the bottom line is important to you, read on to learn about how you can write off telematics on your taxes and reduce your insurance premiums. 

Lower Insurance Premiums

A new fleet driver may be considered a risk by insurance providers, and as a result, the premiums for newly employed drivers are expensive! – Until they demonstrate that they are safe drivers.

Businesses are eager to reduce their insurance costs. They don’t want to put blind faith in drivers and play the waiting game. 

But is there another option? 

Yes! 

Even new drivers can save on their auto insurance with telematics.

To help new employees become more efficient and safe drivers, fleet owners can choose to install fleet telematics hardware and use the software to provide actionable reports. When combined with dash cams, driver behavior can be even better documented.

Insurance agencies commend these technologies and recognize their success in enhancing driver safety and preventing fraud. When insurances are made aware that your fleet is using telematics systems, they may offer you a lower premium right away. This is something you will need to shop around for. 

Telematics may also come into play if the insurance policy that you have purchased from your provider is dependent on mileage.

Not only will a fleet telematics system improve your driving team’s overall performance on the road, but in the event of an accident, the evidence recorded can prove your driver innocent or guilty. 

Tax Break Incentives

Company vehicle owners can find innovative ways to save expenses while remaining competitive with telematics technology! They can boost operational efficiency and help your business to meet the requirements to qualify for tax breaks. 

GPS tracking and telematics systems are getting a lot of attention from businesses because of this potential. 

But you need to have a strong grasp of the tax codes and do your own research if you want to maximize your savings. 

Qualified Fleetistic equipment may make your business eligible for the Section 179 deduction. Under Section 179, small businesses can write off the entire purchase price of certain equipment and technology within the first year of purchase.

For more information, use the link above to learn more. There is a good chance that you can receive compensation for your investment.

Also, there are fuel tax credits available for vehicles that operate off-road. Telematics can help you to document off-road vs on-road miles driven. 

Taking Advantage of New Incentives

One of the most critical components of fleet management is ensuring that all drivers and vehicles are safe. The government and insurance companies know this and they encourage you to use telematics to ensure the safety of your team. 

Insurance price reductions, fuel tax credits, and tax reductions are there for your company to take advantage of, so why aren’t you? Reduce your fleet insurance premiums and minimize your tax burden with Fleetistics telematics today!

3G Network Sunset

The 3G Network Sunset is Underway

To make room for 4G and 5G technology offering faster speeds and enhanced features, the 3G networks are being phased out. All of the pandemic and election drama we experienced in 2020 took our attention away from the coming transition, but technology marches on, with us or without us. Now is the time to be making plans for upgrading your 3G systems.

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When Will it Happen?

It is hard to identify a definitive drop dead date for 3G because network upgrades get done in phases. Depending on where you are it could come a little sooner, or a little later, but the 3G sunset is definitely coming. Early adoption of 4G and 5G products will give you access to the faster speeds and enhanced capabilities, while waiting until the last minute could leave you without services.

For example, Verizon originally planned for 3G CDMA devices to sunset by the end of 2020, but later delayed the shut down by a year, now . Still, in some areas like East Texas, the 3G CDMA network is no longer viable. Additionally, an internal document acquired by Android Police indicates that T-Mobile has an aggressive timeline in place that will affect some 3G devices on their network starting early this year. After researching the subject, we found that the general consensus is by early next year, you definitely need to have 4G or 5G systems in place.

3G Verizon will stop working at the end of 2022 – Android Authority

3G AT&T will stop working by February of 2022

3G Network Sunset Resources

Planning for the 3G sunset now gets you ahead of the game. We have resources available to help you to prepare, and upgrade programs in place to mitigate the financial impact. We even have a special limited free device promo for new customers that are transitioning from another GPS provider, so be sure to share this with friends and business associates that are using other platforms.

PC Magazine – “AT&T Apologizes for Alarming Email About 3G Network Shutdown”

MyGeotab Release 2004 – What’s New?

MyGeotab 2004 release notes

MyGeotab release 2004 preview notes were published on October 23. It seems like we just announced the updates for MyGeotab release 2003 and the 2004 release is already upon us. Time flies! Here are just the highlights of what’s coming.

Much of what you will see below is only available in feature preview. To select the feature preview option, follow the instructions at this link (click here). Also, we thought it far too much to throw at you all at once, so we are sharing just our favorites. To see it all, including updates to the SDK, just visit the Geotab Blog.

New MyGeotab UI Design

Much has been redesigned in the look and feel of the user interface. The new and improved design focuses on drawing the eye to the important areas of the page. It uses simple and clean colors and fonts. The navigation icons have been redesigned to focus on the meaning behind each symbol. Color is used to clearly indicate the currently selected item. Buttons and components have been updated to be more intuitive and to follow modern patterns. The new design is ready to be used immediately with no re-training required.

Areas where you will see these design changes are the dashboard, vehicles page, users, zones, speed profile, trailers, groups, system settings, rules and rules edit, DVIR pages, customer visits, map and trips history, routes, help guide, custom reports, risk management, and engine measurements. That’s almost everywhere! Please let Geotab know what you think of the new changes by filling out this feedback survey.

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Scheduled Reports

Do you prefer to receive a notification your scheduled report is available instead of an email attachment? For customers who have security in mind, there is a new setting available. In System Settings > Privacy Settings, there is now an option that allows you to choose whether or not you want to receive your reports as email attachments. You can choose between receiving an email with an attachment or just a notification with instructions on where to go in MyGeotab to download it. There is also a new option in the upper right corner to select My Reports.

Area Activity Search in MyGeotab Release 2004

Have you ever needed to investigate what happened in a particular area over a specific period of time? Perhaps you got a call from someone saying one of your drivers did not pick up a load last Friday at 4pm? Now you can easily search on the map when this happens. Simply zoom in to the area, click the particular location, select Area Activity, and enter your date and time range. MyGeotab takes you to the Trips History page, where the exact vehicles that were in the area and trips that happened during that time are displayed. Please note that you may need to adjust your zoom level before the Area Activity feature becomes available.
Area Activity search

Show Traffic settings

Many users leverage the Show Traffic setting on the live map to better manage their fleet. For ease of use, MyGeotab will now remember if you have turned this setting on the next time you log in.

Adding Vehicles without device serial numbers

You can now add vehicles into the system without a device serial number. Some of the use cases for this feature are:

  • If you know the vehicle you plan on installing a telematics device in, but don’t have the device yet, you can now add the vehicle into the system. Have everything set up with the appropriate name, groups, license plate, and other information, then add the serial number when the device is received.
  • When you have assets that you want to do inspections against or set maintenance reminders for, but may not need a telematics device for, those assets can now be added to MyGeotab.

If you are interested in testing this feature, let us know as it is not available by default. Please note that functionality is very limited without a telematics device.

Custom keys for drivers

Third-party keys for drivers can now be added as custom keys in MyGeotab. Simply open the Edit User page and add the key under the Driver tab, or add the key under the same tab when adding a new user.

Select all functionality now checks for applied filters.

Previously, when using the select all functionality on relevant pages, such as Vehicles and Users, the system did not check for applied filters. Finally, the change was made to apply any filters chosen on the page when performing bulk actions such as editing.

MyGeotab Release 2004 no need to know database name to reset password

Users no longer need to enter their database name as a part of the reset password process. Most end users were not aware of the database name, so it has been removed as a requirement and replaced by a CAPTCHA form to prevent misuse.

Percentage over speed limit

Some regions of the world assess speeding fines based upon a percentage over the speed limit. You can now choose how you want to monitor speeding based on a value or a percentage.