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How vehicle tracking and analysis systems are improving driver behaviour

From alerting drivers to any infringements on the road to informing fleet managers of employees driving dangerously, vehicle tracking and analysis systems are proving an invaluable asset in improving driving behaviour. Consequently, more and more companies are turning to such technology and enjoying a number of positive gains. Take a look at the different ways vehicle tracking and analysis systems are improving driver behaviour.

In order to remain competitive and to nurture company growth and success, efficient business operations are essential and none more so than for companies that rely on fleets of vehicles. Whilst GPS tracking systems may have been introduced more than 15 years ago, the arrival of G-force detection technology in tracking systems has created a wealth of new opportunities for the fleet tracking industry. Below are some of the ways modern and sophisticated vehicle tracking and analysis systems enable greater fleet efficiency by improving driver behaviour.

Making drivers more aware

It stands to reason, if you know your driving habits are being watched, you’ll drive more carefully. From sticking to the speed limit to being more cautious of road signs, in monitoring a driver’s behaviour remotely, vehicle tracking and analysis systems inevitably make drivers more aware of their behaviour behind the wheel.

This has a positive knock-on effect, as safer, less erratic driver behaviour, results in a more environmentally and economically efficient fleet with the prospect of fewer road accidents.

Driver training

Having knowledge of a drivers’ strengths and weaknesses when out on the road through reporting systems, fleet managers can set realistic targets for drivers to aim for and provide the appropriate training for areas which could be improved.

Drivers increase their miles per gallon

Another way vehicle telematics improves driver behaviour is that the accountability of a driver’s performance such tracking and analysis systems provide, results in increased MPG.

Aggressive and erratic driving such as over-revving and sudden braking increases fuel consumption. By encouraging drivers to act more responsibly whilst behind the wheel, vehicle tracking systems have proven to be a valuable asset in increasing MPG through more sensible driving, potentially saving businesses thousands of pounds each year on wasted fuel.

Heightens vehicle safety

Advanced fleet tracking systems send alerts when the likes of MOTs, services, tax and insurance on the vehicle are due. Being kept up-to-date about when safety and legal requirements of a vehicle are due, ensures the fleet is well-maintained. Ultimately, a well-maintained vehicle that is up-to-date with services, its MOT and other requirements, assists driver safety and solid fleet management.

Efficient route planning

Other vehicle tracking and analysis systems inform of the most efficient routes to get drivers from A to B, which enables both fleet managers and drivers to manage their transport plan effectively in real time.

Optimising route planning to find the quickest and more efficient route is an important tool in ensuring fleet operations are carried out more efficiently, and saving both the driver and the company time and effort. By highlighting potential inefficiencies, monitoring mileage, creating effective route planning and monitoring and alerting users about the condition of vehicles, it is safe to say that vehicle tracking and analysis systems are playing an important role in improving driver behaviour and lowering fleet running costs.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Simplytrak .

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