Driver monitoring for your vans.
by Fiona Taylor
Vehicle tracking changes how you work – can it change your work?
Long gone are the days where, as a fleet manager, you have to rely on ‘How’s my driving’ signs on the back of your vehicles for your driver monitoring. You can now see exactly how your vehicles are being driven with vehicle tracking. A driver behaviour features on most good vehicle tracking systems will show you harsh braking, harsh accelerating, and cornering.
Driver monitoring – what do you need to know?
As a fleet manager you need to be aware of driver’s time on the road, driving patterns, and speeds. But, more than this you need to be sure that they are safe. And they are keeping people around them safe. How do you do this effectively?
Members of the public are not going to tell you that Dave in truck 3 has navigated that roundabout well, nor will they tell you that Jim in van 7 merged well into traffic during the roadworks. They will tell you that your daft driver cut them up outside of school when they were picking up young Annabelle though.
It is not all about big brother though – you are not using the system to beat them. You need to be sure that they are taking the breaks that they should be taking. You can use the system to praise them too.
What will help with your driver monitoring needs?
How can you get a full picture of your drivers day, with all the information that you need? A complete vehicle tracking system will be your best friend here.
Our vehicle tracking and fleet management system takes the guess work out of monitoring. The overview of all the data available on the system stretches far beyond what a road raged caller might call to tell you. We will give you the tools to know what your drivers are doing.
How does vehicle tracking change how drivers behave?
In a perfect world, everyone would do what they were supposed to do, when they were supposed to do it. Nobody would use company vehicles when they weren’t supposed to. Company time would be used for company jobs. Drivers would drive like angels.
However, we all know that this perfect world does not exist. Things happen on the roads or during the day that means that plans change.
You can monitor exactly where your vehicles are and how they are being driven on a daily basis with our vehicle tracking system.
How do you get staff members to agree to driver monitoring?
All you need to do is set up a fleet policy, we wrote a blog recently about 5 key points your fleet policy should include that may help you. Once you take a new staff member on board, make them aware of the policy, inform them you have tracking installed, and get them to agree to your working practices.
Your employees will then be driving in the best way that they can. Leading to your business running more effectively and much more cost efficiently.
If you have any questions about this, or anything else regarding vehicle tracking then please give one of our team a call on 01274 587748 and they will be happy to help.