How much do you know about your fleet?

Simon Barr explores the role of telematics for fleet managers.

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    Data is everywhere.

    From news stories surrounding misuse and social media, to the daily emails regarding GDPR and personal preferences. In the age of data overload, you could be forgiven for avoiding it. There is a perception that data is dull or cumbersome. Perhaps you are intimidated by the concept of analysing or understanding the governance of fleet data. Maybe you quite simply don’t have the time for the changes required to implement a new project. When it comes to your fleet data, Athlon can help.


    Having sight of data is not the same as having data insight.

    Data looks great on a slide, but what is it actually telling you? It is insight and context that will lead to improvements in the running of your fleet, providing you with greater visibility of both drivers and vehicles and revealing further opportunities for future improvements.

    Telematics is the exchange of data from your vehicles to a fleet management system. The data tracked by fleet telematics allows us to see any number of fleet activities, from vehicle location through to harsh breaking and excessive speed. Route optimisation can be monitored, as can fuel efficiency and
    maintenance requirements.

    Scheduling, route planning.

    No one likes sitting in traffic. Missed appointments, delayed deliveries and idling vehicles have a direct effect on any business. They also contribute to unnecessary fuel costs.

    Telematics allows you to monitor driver habits and feedback accordingly – from their route planning through to driving style and vehicle use. It also allows you to plan and schedule tasks for greater job efficiency.

    Such benefits impact positively on your customers, maximising your opportunity to meet your SLAs. When you do exceed your  targets, telematics will provide feedback and reports to demonstrate these improvements.

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    Downtime management.

    When your vehicle is off the road, it’s inevitably costing you money. Greater transparency of vehicle servicing requirements means opportunities to plan ahead.

    You can schedule your service and maintenance slots around the demands of your business hours and avoid downtime at critical stages of the working week.


    Finance and compliance.

    An efficient fleet is also a cost-effective fleet. By promoting best practice, safe driving, and reducing unnecessary downtime, fleet insurance premiums can be reduced. A cost-effective fleet and safe driving impacts on a variety of departments, from finance to HR.

    Driver safety and duty of care.

    It’s not just your bottom line that you want to protect. Your company’s most important asset is its people, and telematics can help ensure they are looked after. The ability to monitor driver habits and vehicle use may seem very ‘Big Brother,’ but could provide drivers with lifesaving advice. Good fleet risk management should always be preventative rather than reactive.

    You don’t have to be a data expert to reap the immediate benefits from fleet telematics. At Athlon we work with our customers to understand their aims and goals and convert data into actionable insight to help you
    achieve them. Any new fleet initiative is only as good as the customer support that comes with it.

    Telematics technology is evolving fast. Most modern vehicles come equipped with comprehensive built-in technology. By considering your telematics requirements as part of your leasing and vehicle selection process, you are future proofing a safer, more reliable and cost-effective fleet.

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    Get in touch

    If you have any questions about the topics discussed, or would like advice on managing your fleet, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated public sector Account Manager.

    Simon Barr
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