Nov 09, 2022

Truck Tracking | Why You Should Track Your Trucks

Tracking your business’ trucks can be massively beneficial, and not just in terms of security purposes, implemented Telematics can see an overall improvement on productivity and even create opportunities for a reduction in outgoings.

What Is Telematics And How Do They Work?

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

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.

Why Should You Track Your Company Trucks?

The pros of tracking your business’ trucks can include:

Accurate Location Tracking

Our GPS tracking systems offer accurate, minute by minute mapping to within 5m of a vehicle at any given time. This gives truck owners a peace of mind from knowing the exact whereabouts of expensive assets no matter what the situation.

Geo-Fence Alerts

Geo-fences are a virtual perimeter that will let you be alerted any time a tracker enters or exits an area you choose. Location-aware notifications such as geo-fencing alerts are said to be ten times more effective than standard push notifications.

Improves Safety

Telematics help improve general road safety by tracking hazardous driving habits such as illegal acts, low seat belt usage, harsh braking and speeding. This not only helps prevent future accidents but journey replay can also provide video evidence of any disputed incidents that do occur, cutting down investigation time and false claims.

The ability to analyse these metrics will allow you to pre-identify any potentially problematic repeat habits, avoiding continued misuse of your assets. These valuable insights not only help improve safety and reduce accident costs, but also cut costs of any legal proceedings for your business.

Reduces Idling Time

Idling or idle time refers to the time spent by an employee that is deemed unproductive (this can be due to controllable or uncontrollable circumstances). Typical justifiable idling time reasons can include:

The implementation of telematics software data collection can increase fleet productivity by giving accurate information on specific times when a truck’s engine may be on, but not driving. Journey reports enable many fleet managers to observe and streamline excessive idling patterns by better educating their drivers, a major benefit for a business as huge savings could be made.

Proactive/Preventative Maintenance

A Telematics system can also gauge maintenance needs and allow for repair time to be allocated in advance rather than cut into productivity hours. The early detection of issues before they transform into a major problem can lead to preventative maintenance, saving time and money as well as meeting crucial third party vehicle safety compliance requirements.

Varied Notification

You can choose to receive email and SMS alerts that provide daily reports and analyses regarding your tracked truck. Receive periodic vehicle status reports, or choose to receive notification when vehicles speed, venture outside of their service area or exhibit unusual behaviour.

Some employers spend a lot of time away from their office, so they do not have the luxury of monitoring vehicle activities during the day. Email and SMS alerts give you an easy way to stay connected with your businesses when they do not have access to online tracking software.

Fleetsmart For Trucks

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