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Updated 20 Oct 2020

Measuring the good, bad and ugly of driving habits

Now you can measure specific metrics to determine just how well your drivers are driving and if their habits are costing you more than you imagined. 

Nicole Crampton, 13 April 2016  Share  0 comments  Print

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Businesses can experience numerous challenges associated with managing a mobile workforce, such as accurately monitoring hours worked, as well as tracking their movements and performance.

New technology now allows you to accurately measure your drivers’ performance and quickly determine what bad driving behaviours are be racking up the costs for your business.

But it is essential to first determine exactly what matters most to your business. If fuel economy is important, then you’ll want to analyse out-of-route kilometres or unnecessary idling.

If your business feels that safety is more important, then metrics that analyse speeding and hard braking might be what you’ll need to focus on.

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“It’s critical that your drivers are aware that you’re measuring and monitoring them and why. Drivers need to know that they’re being monitored to minimise their risk, keep the fleet profitable and promote safety. Performance metrics work the best when your drivers are on your side."

Technology allows you to measure several driving benchmarks such as:

  1. Acceleration: You’ll be able to monitor rapid acceleration or deceleration. These can be both wasteful and dangerous to your driver and others in the traffic around them.
  2. Speeding: By using this technology you can measure driving speeds, create your own benchmark for what you expect your drivers to achieve. Programme alerts when your vehicles are traveling over the speed limit. Alternatively, you can set up alerts if your drivers take certain routes or if specific vehicles shouldn’t be travelling at a certain speed.
  3. Running the engine unnecessarily: If your drivers are running the engine while loading or unloading dangerous goods can be unsafe for anyone involved. With this new technology you can monitor the engines in your vehicles 24/7. The technology can be set-up to notify you if and when this is happening.
  4. The scenic route: You can now compare the various routes your drivers are taking to the optimised route that the fleet management software provides. You can use this report to identify wasteful driving or lost drivers.
  5. Idling excessively: Record how often your vehicles are idling longer than an allocated time. Determine the allocated time based on what will maximise fuel economy and minimise your vehicles carbon footprint.
  6. Labour requirements: Be sure to keep your drivers safe by following labour requirements. Drivers must keep with the legal limits for driving hours and take enough brakes between journeys, to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.
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  • Monitor acceleration to determine how wasteful and dangerous your driver is driving.
  • Set up alerts for when your driver is going over the speed limit.
  • Measure if your driver is running the engine unnecessarily and causing a needlessly dangerous situation.
  • Track where your drivers are going and be sure they take the optimised route instead of the long way round.
  • Determine if your vehicles are idling excessively and if this is impacting your fuel economy and carbon footprint.
  • Your drivers need to take enough breaks and can only drive a set amount of time, keep a record of this to ensure their safety and the safety of other drivers around them. 
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