Nov 25, 2022

Improve Trailer Detention Times with Trailer Tracking

In the highly saturated, constantly rotating sphere of the logistics industry, a clogging of trucking and trailer tasks can often be inevitable. However, with a few shrewd installations you can better monitor and effectively reduce these incidents.

In this blog we’re going to discuss how tailer tracking via Telematics can help improve trailer detention times.

What is Trailer/Trucking Detention?

Most fleet vehicles are part of a wider logistics delivery circuit to avoid any backlogs of jobs on meticulously planned routing schedules.

Detention refers to any time a logistics vehicle over runs the pre allocated guide slot when either loading or unloading goods from their trailer, this can be down to any party involved. Detention can majorly alter the total time a fleet vehicle spends at a delivery/collection location, known as ‘dwell time’.

Negatives of Trailer Detention

Time costs money

The most obvious downside to detention is the fact an immobile logistics vehicle isn’t delivering/collecting its cargo on schedule, therefore it’s not turning any type of profit, in fact detention can lead to financial loss for the driver and fleet business as a whole.

Increased risk of road incidents

The delaying nature of vehicle detention can leave a driver feeling like they have to make up for lost time, this could mean taking less precaution when driving or behaving hazardously in order to keep up with scheduling requirements or personal target deadlines.

Bad reputation

The costly delays of trailer detention don’t just impact the now, but are also likely to impact future trade as your logistics vehicles (and business by extension) may be branded un-reliable due to the failure to keep up with scheduling.

How Can Telematics Help?

Telematics technology is the use of telecommunications and informatics to monitor an asset, in this case a fleet 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 Our 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.

Improving Detention Time

Detention times can be cut due to the fact a fleet manager can easily and accurately monitor their vehicles loading/unloading status, and can plan or re-route for the most efficient solutions if a problem should occur.

Onboard space availability can also be checked for alternative cargo storage and delivery methods should they be required.

The simplicity of our services are only made possible due to the pinpoint accuracy our fleet tracking systems, providing tracking results to within a couple of metres, giving you the peace of mind of knowing where your most valuable mobile assets are at all times

Telematics has a definite positive impact on the streamlining of communication, both business internal and external to customers or clients. With fleet management or logistics control based at a HQ or central hub, being in constant communication with a number of drivers all over the country could prove a telecoms and signalling nightmare. Telematics nullifies this by providing reliable, clear, two way communications via real time tracking metrics and digital GPRS communication.

Customer communications are also improved as the real time data can provide more accurate updates and timescales as well as troubleshooting customer enquiries or issues. This company clarity and driver accountability aids in improving customer satisfaction as transparency and truthfulness rank highly in an overall customer experience.

Should You Use Telematics?

It’s proven that Telematics can help boost productivity, employee efficiency and fleet operations as a whole; all the while reducing detention, 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.