Why a monitoring system is just what your fleet needs
If you’re running a fleet and not monitoring it, then what are you doing? You’re missing out on so much useful information! By now you’re probably used to the routine maintenance and health checks, making sure it can make it from A to B and back to A again. You might think you’ve got enough to think about without an entire monitoring system. Not to mention the fact you’re trying to run a charity.
But a telematics monitoring system can actually make those other jobs easier. You can monitor every aspect of your vans and use that information to adjust your operations for the better. There are many benefits to such a system; let’s take a look at some of them.
It can help you cut down on fuel
One of the key points of a telematics system is it helps you drive more efficiently. Depending on how deep you analyse the data, you can see which speeds use the least fuel and how braking practices affect overall fuel consumption. By cutting down your fuel usage, you benefit in two ways.
Firstly, you save money. The less fuel you use, the less frequently you have to refill the tank. Also, better driving habits that lead to less fuel consumption also put less strain on your vehicle, meaning you spend less on repairs.
But it also has the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. As a charity, you always want to do what you can to better society. But cutting down on fuel, you’re putting fewer toxins into the environment, leading to a cleaner, greener world.
It can help make your drivers better
We touched on it in the last point; telematics allows you to see how your drivers can be better at their job. You don’t need to reprimand them – it’s constructive feedback on how they drive. Harsh driving – which can include sudden braking or wild veering – can take its toll on your fleet, using more fuel and decreasing its lifespan.
You can use your monitoring data to show your drivers where they’re going wrong and roll it into a larger driver training programme. It also shows your staff you’re invested in their training, making them feel more appreciated in the team.
It can help with your operations
The main point to use a monitoring system is to help improve your wider operations. And it does this in many ways. At the centre will be the GPS system, which will let you know where your vans are at all times. This means you have real-time access to where they are on their route and can see where the drivers are losing time.
More than this, you can also use this GPS data to help them avoid traffic. Most modern systems will integrate with traffic updates and guide your drivers down a quieter route. This means they can hit more stops, meaning you benefit from more donations.
Ultimately, all of this will help your drivers stay safe. By encouraging better driving and keeping track of them at all times, you can ensure they make it back to their families safely. There are no downsides to monitoring your fleet, so why not finally make that jump?
At Charity Fleetcare, we have state-of-the-art fleet solutions that can help you make the most of your vehicles. Our Connected Van service can equip your fleet with the latest tech or help you find the perfect vehicle for your fleet. If you would like to know more, feel free to get in touch on 0800 014 9797.