Whether you are responsible for a thousand vehicles, or a handful of HGVs, the company outgoings to keep these vehicles on the road can be eye-watering.
From ensuring vehicles have fuel, MOTs, insurance, and general maintenance checks, transport can be a costly business.
Moreover, with so many moving parts to a fleet, literally, it is near impossible for a fleet operator to stay on top of driver performance, unnecessary costs, and inefficiencies without help.
Firstly, without some sort of system or performance monitoring, a company can be utterly in the dark about their fleet performance. Until the bill arrives at the end of the month, they can only make estimates on how the day-to-day is going for their drivers. The devil really is in the detail. Small nuances and differences in driving style can make a huge impact on driver efficiency.
For example, reducing harsh braking can save wear and tear or tires. While excessive over-idling can burn 2 liters of fuel every hour! Spread across one hundred vehicles accumulates a lot of fuel wastage. All of which has a knock-on effect on fleet performance, and costs to the business.
Driver Performance Monitoring Delivers
If your fleet has never had a driver performance system or any kind of tracking, the initial stages can be eye-opening. Gaining accurate data is the first step. Real data that lets you know exactly how each driver is performing. This is the starting point. Some top-level facts and figures to give you an understanding of your fleet’s overall efficiency. From there, you have the insight into where your team is doing well, and where they can improve.
Approaching your team with a report on personal performance can be daunting. However, using the data proactively to empower and encourage your drivers, rather than to scold, can see your fleet expenses turn a corner. Not only can you identify and put a stop to dangerous driving. But you will see an end to costly, inefficient driving styles. As efficiency and driver performance improves, savings will become apparent, with reductions soon to be seen in:
- Fuel usage and spend
- CO2 emissions
- Insurance costs
- Accident rates
Following the installation of driver performance and behaviour tracking, as well as a fully integrated camera system. L. Lynch Plant & Haulage, saw a significant reduction in accident rates within their fleet, as well as huge savings in fuel:
‘We’re looking at approximately between £20,000 and £21,000 per quarter saving on fuel, which is great for the business and great for the environment.’
Steve Bremner, Head of Transport Services & Compliance at L. Lynch Plant & Haulage
You may find you need to re-visit some best-practices with your drivers, or that immediate action and re-training are required. However, realising the standard of your fleet’s performance gives you an opportunity to change outdated practices, and take back control of seemingly unavoidable outgoings.
How Driver Performance Monitoring Works
If you decide to proceed with driver performance monitoring, you may have some questions from your drivers on how it works. Although we recommend a fully integrated system including CCTV cameras. You can alleviate your drivers of any concerns that they will be hooked up to 1,000 probes and sensors while driving. The performance data feeds through from the vehicle’s CANbus system, where up to 20 fuel-usage related parameters are recorded. Including:
- Fuel used
- PTO fuel usage
- Engine idling
- Over revving
- Harsh breaking
- Harsh acceleration
This, paired with g-force data, calculates and delivers driver performance reports. For example, over-revving is calculated through the on-board telematics equipment, which records the total cumulative time spent ‘over-revving’ during a shift. This is then calculated against the cumulative time spent driving, which produces a percentage value. 28 seconds spent over-revving as a percentage of 5 hours driving equates to 0.16%. So 0.16% would appear next to the ‘over-revving’ parameter in the driver’s performance report.
Once installed, data is recorded and displayed live. So at any time you have accurate, up-to-date data available on how your fleet operates. Via the Driver Dashboard App, drivers can receive automatic in-cab feedback – an on the go reminder of best practice and to highlight poor driving styles.
Indeed, top-level information can highlight inefficiencies and empower companies to act from a cost-saving perspective. But also, it allows fleet operators and management to give their drivers personalised feedback. From their driver performance data, each driver receives an efficiency score. Looking closer at individuals gives fleet operators an opportunity to offer extra training or guidance where needed. Which in the long run can have a huge impact on driver performance collectively.
Why Choose Connexas?
Today, there are many telematics companies and driver performance solutions to choose from. What makes the Connexas system different is The Reporting Suite. The reporting suite collates and displays your fleet data in a clear, easy to understand way. You can view key performance parameters by the driver, and make comparisons within your team to identify where your attention is needed. An incredibly handy feature to push for data-driven changes within your fleet.
Here, you can also pin-point dangerous driving, and ensure your team is working to their full potential efficiency. Once driver performance tracking is installed across your fleet, we will work with you to ensure you know your way around the Reporting Suite, and what each metric means in real terms. Taking decisive action on inefficient practices can get the ball rolling for significant improvements in your fleet’s bottom line. All from simple, easy to implement changes to how your drivers operate throughout the day.
Identifying areas where your fleet could improve means you can create automated scheduled reports. Keeping you updated on how your focus areas are progressing. The reports are fully customizable, and once set up, are a great way to integrate performance monitoring into your company processes. Using it as an everyday tool to stay informed, and work with your team out on the road.
Integrating Driver Performance Monitoring with your Team
To use a driver performance monitoring system to its full potential, and make real, significant changes to your bottom line, you need your drivers to support it. Now, nobody likes the idea of being monitored, however explaining how the system works, and what specifically is measured to produce reports, may help your team up warm up to the system.
In our experience, being open and honest with drivers from the start is best. Make them feel included and aware of the system. Also, our software has a feature to help fleet operators get their drivers onside, and maybe even encourage some excitement around the tracking.
The League Table Reporting lays out the performance of each driver within your team, with a clear traffic light system to show their efficiency levels. Creating incentives, personal and team targets, can instigate some healthy competition. It can also create a sense of team pride, encouraging the drivers to perform well and keep inefficiencies to a minimum. However, before you create long-term goals, the first step is to create a benchmark performance level for your fleet.
Following your installation, allow your trackers to run and gather data for a couple of months. Then, based on an average, you can find a true-to-life performance baseline. This will allow you to identify drivers who are a little below average and provide the necessary support or training. Then, you have everything you need to set realistic and achievable targets for your team. Keeping drivers engaged, productivity up, and inefficiencies low.
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