Legal compliance, cost efficiency, best practice, technology, vehicle performance, driver behaviour, new legislation…today’s fleet manager has to keep numerous plates spinning all day, every day, just to have peace of mind that the fleet is under control.

It’s a complex job, often littered with confusion.

FleetCheck want to help ease that confusion by dispelling some of the most common fleet management myths.  We’re kicking off with telematics, a topic that generates more conflicting opinions than any other on the fleet agenda.

The Top 3 most common Telematics Myths

“Telematics is just too expensive.”

A classic misconception!  True, there will be an upfront investment cost, but it’s really important to look at longer-term benefits here.  Almost every fleet achieves savings that far outweigh the initial investment in an extraordinarily short space of time.  Increased visibility of maintenance costs, fuel consumption, mileage claims, HMRC costs and driver expenses usually give the company a welcome insight into previously hidden areas of overspend.  And armed with this completely validated data, the company can then very quickly make operational changes that result in immediate – and often dramatic – savings.

“The installation process will be difficult and disruptive.”

This is one of the most common reasons that companies decide against telematics. But they couldn’t be more wrong.  Installation of modern telematics systems is simple and quick, usually taking no more than 30 minutes per vehicle, and reputable telematics providers will work with the company to synchronise installations with the minimum of disruption to the day’s work.

“My drivers will feel that the company doesn’t trust them.”

Gone are the days of ‘big brother’ trying to catch drivers out. Telematics has moved on drastically since then; so has society. Employees expect to be protected, and to be accountable for their day’s work.  Modern telematics delivers benefits to the drivers that are infinitely more important than the traditional ‘dot on the map’ monitoring.  Statistics prove that tracked vehicles are safer vehicles.  Accidents and incidents are fewer.  Drivers experience less stress.  Paperwork is dramatically reduced, if not eliminated altogether.  Lone workers are safeguarded.  Driving routes are easier.  The list goes on.  It’s not about a lack of trust…far from it.  Using telematics means that as an employer you care about your drivers, and are actively investing in their safety, their job satisfaction and the company’s future.

Look out for our next blog post on Telematics Myths.  We’ll be looking at the very real impact of telematics on fuel consumption and insurance costs.

Don’t want to wait?  Talk to FleetCheck about how telematics can help your business.

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