Nov 21, 2022

Does Fleet Tracking affect A Vehicle's Average Speed?

As a fleet manager or supervisor, it can be of great detriment to your business’ productivity and subsequent profits if your drivers are banned or facing charges for illegally travelling faster than the speed limit, or on the flip side - trailing along at a snail's pace causing a clogged up schedule.

Here at Fleetsmart we don’t want this to occur, that’s why we inform all of our customers how beneficial fleet tracking can be regarding monitoring and augmenting a vehicle’s speeds.

What Is Telematic Fleet Tracking?

Telematics technology is the use of telecommunications and informatics to monitor an asset, eg. company vehicle’s location, safety metrics and engine diagnostics in real time. The vehicle applicatory possibilities of Telematics make them a popular choice of fleet managers to analyse, and subsequently optimise fleet productivity.

How Do Telematics Work?

Telematics systems gather GPS tracking and vehicle specific data to transfer via means including- cellular network, satellite communication, mobile data, and GPRS to a central server. The data collated is then analysed and transcribed into specific metrics for the fleet manager to interpret via our Fleetsmart app or website.

How Do Telematics Regulate Fleet Speed?

Telematics monitor and record driver usage habits and real time engine diagnostics, including movement speed, meaning any repeat or serious misuse of your mobile property will be flagged and generated into a report from which more professional protocols can be shaped.

This could improve all round safety, vehicle health and business reputation, as well as giving you the confidence your expensive assets are being taken good care of.

Why Regulating Fleet Speed Is Important

Speeding has its obvious potentially hazardous consequences in relation to safety; road collisions or endangering pedestrians can lead to serious injury or in some cases death. Even in cases where vehicular damage is the only outcome, a company fleet vehicle lands you with liability and responsibility, meaning your business could be subject to costly legal proceedings and payouts if the driver in your vehicle is found to be at fault.

Also any injury to an employee in your vehicle, even if due to their own negligence regarding safety, could further impact your business via a reduced workforce and an increase in insurance premiums.

Any of the above can lead to poor brand reputation and impact the future trade of your business if your trusted employees are seen to be behaving recklessly on the road. Social media posts, negative reviews and even word of mouth regarding bad driving in a vehicle that carries your company logo and name can be detrimental to your business’ reputation, costing you potential liability fees and future trade.

On the flip side of the problem, travelling too slow can provide its own variety of pitfalls. Meticulously planned routing or delivery/collection schedules could become backed up and begin to unravel if fleet vehicles aren’t getting to their designated locations for the correct time.

Slow deliveries or late arrivals also craft a negative reputation, throwing away trustworthiness and reliability, besmirching your company name and making it recognisable for all the wrong reasons.

How Accurate Is Fleet Tracking?

Often a vehicle's factory fitted speedometer isn’t totally accurate. Legally a pre-fitted speedometer can show no less than the speed being travelled but can show 110% + 6.25mph more than the speed being travelled!

Fleet tracking is a much more reliable way of measuring travel speeds, providing more accurate information due to the fact they work with satellite technology, offering a maximum discrepancy of 0.1mph. Also fleet trackers have internal memory logs to store data for upload even in the event of no cellular coverage.

Should I Use Telematics?

It’s proven that Telematics can help boost productivity, employee efficiency and fleet operations as a whole; all the while reducing idling, hazardous driver behaviour, fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs.

Fleetsmart offer a range of the latest Telematics technology at extremely cost effective prices with scalable options starting from just £6.95 per vehicle per month. With a clear multitude of performance enhancing and money saving reasons to implement telematics to your vehicles, now might be the time to upgrade your fleet.