Benefits of Telematics (Part 5 of 5): Boost Driver Morale & Hire Better Drivers

Unhappy drivers are one of the biggest concerns for businesses in Tampa, Florida, and America as a whole. And it costs these businesses money – about $350 million dollars in our country alone. Therefore, the decision to boost driver morale with the help of our GPS tracking can have a direct impact on your staff retention and the quality of drivers you can hire.

You may think that you will harm your drivers’ morale by adding dashcams, GPS, and telematics to their vehicles. But the truth is, fleet telematics systems can make your drivers happier with their jobs!

That’s because quality employees like to feel appreciated. If they work hard to perform at a level above the rest, they want to be recognized for it. 

But you aren’t psychic and can’t tell which employees are driving safely and being the most productive with their time; Not unless you have technology that collects that data. When you have GPS and telematics installed in your trucks, vans, and other company vehicles, you can easily see which drivers are producing the results you want and reward them. 

This not only helps you to make informed decisions based on performance but also allows you to be creative. Boost driver morale by rewarding their performance, which shows in their telematics data. Rewards can come in many forms, including but not limited to a:

  • Raise
  • Bonus
  • Promotion
  • Pizza party
  • Gift card
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Gamification can boost Driver Morale!

Some businesses create incentives for their drivers by incorporating gamification into the workplace. 

When your company integrates “game thinking,” tools, and technology to engage and motivate your employees, company goals are reached more effectively. This is referred to as “enterprise gamification.”   

Employees that participate are rewarded when they achieve great outcomes for the organization and everyone wins. This not only increases productivity, but it also cultivates a valuable staff.

By creating goals and posting the results, your employees can see exactly how they compare to their coworkers and where they can improve. Many businesses choose to focus on teams instead of individual accomplishments. Targeting reachable goals for an entire group will promote teamwork instead of competition and boost morale as they accomplish each task.

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By facilitating a healthy work culture and positive environment for drivers to grow and develop, you receive a valuable opportunity to better train open-minded employees who want to succeed in your company and do their best.

Telematics allows you to reliably track and reward specific behaviors, while also giving drivers inspiration or a challenge.

By changing the direction of driving requirements and focusing on actionable metrics, Fleetistics’ telematics systems can strengthen the relationship between you and your employees. As a result, performance quality will improve, which in turn will lower anxiety and promote job satisfaction.

Promote happiness and boost morale in your workplace and increase your profit by signing up with Fleetistics today! 

Hire Better Drivers

There has been a significant rise in the number of drivers needed in recent years. Both recruiting and retaining drivers has been a serious challenge. So how can Fleetistics help? By attracting the right talent.

When someone applies for an open job position in your company, you hope to achieve a good sense of their work ethic and personality through an interview. 

But how can you tell how well they drive?

When prospective employees are informed that they will be monitored with a dashcam, GPS tracking, and other data collection technology, it’s likely that only honest drivers with integrity will stick around. Employees that like to break the rules or cut corners will find an employer who isn’t paying attention.

Were They Trained Enough?

When you hire a driver, you may not be able to tell how safe and productive they work. Who is the better driver? Even though they may claim to know what they are doing, they may not. 

Instead of waiting for them to get into a vehicle collision or receive a speeding ticket, you can see exactly how well they drive with a glance when you have Fleetistics technology installed in your vehicles. Fleetistics GPS tracking and telematics systems allow you to analyze their driving behavior from the very first day. 

Once the data is collected, your management team can use this information to open a dialog with problematic drivers to advise or re-train them right away. This gives you an opportunity to develop and retain more employees and foster loyalty.

 

 

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Employee Loyalty

So how does hiring better employees with the help of telematics foster loyalty?

When a company invests in GPS tracking, telematics, and dashcams, it provides honest and hardworking drivers’ security. These technologies not only offer more protection to drivers and their vehicles, but they also provide proof of their good driving habits, work ethic, and company progress. 

When you have the tools to track milestones and results, you can show your employees what they have accomplished and acknowledge their efforts. Once an employee becomes emotionally invested, they are more likely to stay. When you boost driver morale, you reduce your staff turnover!

Promoting Within the Company

Frequently, businesses like to promote employees from within their company before hiring from the outside. But who would be best for the job? When management is faced with this decision, personal bias may sway their decision. 

Fraternization, favoritism, and personal judgment can cause some of your best candidates to leave your company. When opinion is used to make decisions instead of data, it can cause exemplary drivers to feel unappreciated and angry.

This concludes our 5-part series about the benefits of telematics and GPS tracking. Telematics helps you to hire better drivers and boost driver morale. However, there are many more advantages. If you have not done so yet, have a look at our previous posts about this subject:

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Indoor Tracking

Indoor Tracking Solutions

Submitted by Kim Spring, Business Analyst

Here at Fleetistics we specialize in vehicle GPS/Telematics solutions, but did you know there are solutions out there that focus on real-time indoor tracking solutions? There are a variety of uses for this technology. In this blog, we will identify some key features, uses and solutions.

Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) for indoor tracking enable businesses to achieve more through a variety of industries: healthcare, smart buildings, retail, manufacturing & logistics, sports and much more. These one-size-fits-all RTLS technology solution for location-based services and applications, provide accurate and real-time tracking for tags and devices that is sent back to an end user application.

Why Indoor Tracking?

These devices when applied provide a variety of benefits. Take Industry for example, implementing these tags within companies can improve worker safety, process optimization and inventory management to name a few. In Healthcare, companies can track medical equipment, optimize hospital workflows and improve staff and patient safety.

Think about the safety and security industry. By using this technology organizations can increase staff and inmate safety, improve compliance regulations and so much more. These are just a few examples of the industries that can take advantage of this technology.

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How it Works

Essentially the way it works is very similar to how our GPS/Telematics tracking solutions for vehicles and assets work. The tags, devices and sensors (in this case using Bluetooth®) send the information to the locators which in turn go through the positioning engine. The end result is sent to the application whether it be through an API into a client’s application or the one provided.

Disney® has a unique application for similar services. Instead of using Bluetooth® technology they have been using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for several years. These MagicBands allow guests to enter theme parks, unlock their Disney Resort hotel room and buy foods and merchandise. It also allows the Disney® theme parks to track the flow of guests from park to park.

Which is Better, Bluetooth or RFID?

The simple answer is neither. They are different solutions serving their individual purpose. Simply defined Bluetooth is a standard technology for short-range wireless connection of mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices. RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags that are attached to objects. Bluetooth is used to communicate between two Bluetooth compatible devices and has the ability to handle data and voice transmissions at the same time. This allows it to be used in a wide variety of applications. RFID is used to transfer a limited amount of information that is stored in the RFID tags such as product information and location information.

In short if the use case is in a centralized location with a limited amount of data needing to be transferred RFID would be suitable whereas if you are looking at tracking in a decentralized or larger area and have more information to transmit, using Bluetooth connected devices in a network is the way to go.

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Is Indoor Tracking Right For Me?

The first thing a company needs to determine before deciding what indoor tracking solution is best for them are the business cases. In this blog we talked about some use cases in Industry, Healthcare and Safety & Security. If you have value in the tools onsite, the people in your organization, the items you sell you might consider an indoor RTLS solution. In the meantime, if you have vehicles or assets we can tell you all the benefits and features our out GPS/Telematics solutions. Feel free to contact us at www.fleetistics.com for more information.

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Fuel Savings – Something we can all agree on!

Fuel Savings are Critical to Small Business Survival

Submitted by Kim Spring, Business Analyst

According to the U.S Energy Information Administration (eia), the United States average fuel cost in 2021 was $3.01 per gallon. Today the national average has risen to $4.88 per gallon. That is a 61% increase in just 1-year. Fuel costs are a large portion of a fleet’s spend, therefore Fleet Managers across the nation are having to find innovative ways to save fuel. There are a lot of tips, tricks and technology that can assist fleet managers with fuel efficiency.

Sometimes when looking at the big picture we forget about the basics. Here are some simple steps to help beat high gasoline prices:

  • Reduce Speed – Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.15 per gallon of gas. By reducing excessive speed, aggressive driving behavior such as rapid acceleration and hard braking, less fuel will be wasted.
  • Vehicle Maintenance– Keeping your fleet vehicles well maintained will not only save fuel but also keep your fleet running smoothly. Newer vehicles tend to be more efficient than their previous model years, however having a diligent maintenance program can keep your vehicles on the road longer.
  • Reducing Idling – By avoiding excessive driving fleets can harness the savings of this low hanging fruit. For every hour a vehicle idles it burns approximately 1 gallon of fuel.
  • Identifying and Reducing Fuel Fraud – Unfortunately fuel fraud is a fact of life for most fleets and can be very costly. Having tools in place to help prevent and stop fuel fraud with significantly reduce fleet fuel spend.

Tools to Increase Fuel Savings

Armed with the basic steps above in mind, fleet managers can implement tools to provide them the data they need to monitor fuel spend to increase fuel savings. Telematics solutions have been widely adopted across fleets for this purpose. These tools give fleet managers the power to monitor speeding, idling, harsh driving behavior, vehicle maintenance etc. using dashboards and reporting.

Fuel trend reports allow fleet managers to identify areas for improvement and coach drivers as needed. Performing vehicle inspections is also key to maintaining fleet vehicles. Regularly checking tire inflation, maintaining oil and using the right air filters also impact the vehicle’s overall fuel economy.

Fuel Cards for More Control Over Fuel Spend

Another substantial fuel savings technology is introducing a Fuel Card program. Fuel cards are flexible and some even offer rebates on fuel purchases. Some advantages to fuel cards include:

  • Better protection for fleet fuel spend/fraud – Set custom limits on total spending, approved locations and time-of-day use.
  • Automated fuel expense reporting – No more manual receipt collection and data entry.
  • Real-time fuel tracking tool -Allows problems to be identified and solved before adding to month over month fuel costs
  • Performance monitoring – Poor mileage may indicate inefficient driving habits or maintenance needs.
Many of the major fleet fuel card providers integrate with Telematics solutions. This allows fleet managers to compare mileage entered at the pump to actual odometer reading from the vehicle. Telematics monitors mpg and fuel tank levels and rules can be implemented to highlight any areas where there might be a spike in fuel spending.

The key to successfully reducing fleet fuel spend comes down to having the tools that work best to provide fleet managers with data, trends and reports that allow them to ability to really see how the fleet is operating on a daily basis.

For more information on Telematics solutions and Fleet Cards contact us today

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Benefits of Telematics (Part 4 of 5): Increased Driver Safety & Attractive 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.

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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 and discourteous behavior 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.

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Driver Safety plus Attractive 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!

This blog post series about the benefits of telematics will conclude with the next part. Stay tuned! And if you would like to take another look at our previous posts about this subjects, feel free to do it here:

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Benefits of Telematics (Part 3 of 5): Take-Home Vehicle Policy & Increase Company Profits

A take-home vehicle policy has become increasingly popular over the years. Keeping vehicles out of company parking lots or garages can save businesses and their employees’ money and time.

But how do businesses accomplish this successfully? Using telematics can be the key to improving efficiency in your fleet by including a take-home vehicle policy. 

When a GPS tracking telematics system is in place, it allows employers to track business vehicles no matter where they are on the road. By monitoring their vehicle locations, companies have the flexibility to let their employees take the vehicles home overnight. 

Allowing employees to clock in and out from home can reduce: 

  • Unnecessary mileage
  • Vehicle wear and tear
  • Fuel costs
  • Carbon footprint

In addition to industry-specific advantages, there are many ways companies can enhance their performance by providing staff individual responsibility for their vehicles.

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1. Responding to Emergency Calls

Before considering whether a take-home vehicle policy is good for your business, think about how you can make the most of it. Take-home policies may be a huge help to your operations and overall customer satisfaction if your service responds to after-hours or emergency calls. 

Response time is often decreased as well as overtime costs. By letting employees relax at home while on call, you can significantly reduce their hours in the office. 

2. Affordable Advertising

If your fleet of cars, vans, or trucks display your company’s information, you’ll have a distinct edge in terms of advertising. Allowing your employees to park on the street in front of their house or in their driveway serves as a billboard for your business.

3. Improve Vehicle Maintenance

Not only do fleet take-home policies increase vehicle longevity, but they also significantly lower their maintenance costs. 

For 8 years, Tacoma, Washington, and its outside consulting firm, Mercury Associates, assessed thirty take-home vehicles compared with thirty-four shared vehicles. The results were astounding! This study discovered that take-home vehicles lasted up to three times longer and repair costs were reduced by over 83%. 

4. Reduce Personal Use in Combination with a Take-Home Vehicle Policy

In the past, there have been many concerns about using a take-home vehicle policy. When entrusted with a company vehicle that doesn’t have a telematics system, employees might use their cars and trucks for personal use. When vehicles are used outside of work, it results in a serious disadvantage by straining budgets. 

But with fleet GPS tracking, companies can feel secure knowing where their vehicles are at all times. This fosters trust with employees and allows the take-home vehicle policy to be permitted without charging fees. 

Tracking driver behavior, mileage, and the health of a vehicle can help to facilitate good practices and proper vehicle use. With Fleetistics telematics systems, you can collect the data that is crucial to your bottom line and decide if a take-home vehicle policy is right for you.

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Not only Take-Home Vehicle Policy but also an Increase in Company Profits

If you are looking to reduce your expenses and increase your return on investment, Fleetistics telematics systems can do exactly that!

Once your management team can track vehicle routes, locations, mileage, and other valuable information, you’re well on your way to boosting your fleet’s profitability. 

Field service companies have a high cost of fuel and with gas prices skyrocketing, that’s bad news for your ROI. Fuel efficiency depends on how well your drivers behave. Bad habits can cost you large amounts of money. 

  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding
  • Sitting idle 

When businesses use telematics data, not only does the management team receive a warning, but so can the driver using our driver feedback features. This gives them the opportunity to immediately correct their behavior and saves you gas and frequent employee turnover. 

Prevention is Key

Everyone knows that engine trouble typically begins as a small problem. When it goes unnoticed, it evolves into a bigger and more expensive issue. 

In the event of any engine trouble, Fleetistics telematics can notify you so that you can take action right away. By comparing current performance to prior data, these systems can determine if the engine is struggling. 

Receiving early notice that your vehicle needs maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Not only that, but when your employees know you can monitor their driving behavior, they also drive more carefully, which prevents unnecessary damage to your vehicle. Whether they avoid accidents, flat tires, or excessive wear and tear, you save in the end.

One direct way you will save is on your insurance premiums. When your employees have clean driving records, your premiums will be cheaper. Your insurance provider may even reward you with reduced premiums just for implementing telematics!

You will have complete visibility into the use of each vehicle in your fleet once you have telematics data collected. By analyzing the data, you can cut operating costs and improve your workflow.

When you invest in GPS tracking and telematics, you can plan your operations precisely, easily implement a take-home vehicle policy, foster safer driving practices, and increase company profit.

Stay tuned for the next part of our series about the benefits of GPS tracking!

In case you have not seen the previous parts, here they are:

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