We looked recently at some of the reasons why companies shy away from telematics. Fear of disproportionate expense, disruption of installation and adverse driver reactions are by far the most common objections. We explored these misconceptions, and explained why companies are jumping to the wrong conclusions. (You can read the full article HERE)
Sticking with the theme, we’ll now look at some more Telematics Myths. These are particularly common among the smaller fleets.
“I only have a few vehicles, and all of our journeys are local. I just don’t need telematics to monitor that level of activity.”
Having a small, local workforce doesn’t dilute the benefits of telematics. You may indeed know your drivers’ routes, routines and vehicles inside and out, but without telematics you are removed from truly understanding their driving behaviour. Regardless of how many drivers you manage, your duty of care as an employer is the same: you are legally bound to protect the health and safety of your staff. And regardless of how many miles they travel, you are obligated to keep them safe whilst they’re behind the wheel. Statistically it’s been proven that tracked vehicles are safer vehicles, which have fewer accidents. And their drivers are calmer…they experience less driving-related stress. What’s more, a tracked fleet typically costs the company far less in maintenance, fuel, insurance and HMRC payments. So whether it’s 5 or 500 vehicles in question, telematics means better safety, improved compliance and lower fleet costs. It really is that simple.
“Our manual method of private/business mileage reporting is working perfectly well.”
You trust your drivers to disclose their private mileage correctly. You have a tried and tested process in place. But consider this for a moment: the average time spent on private mileage reporting is 20 minutes per week. That’s 16 hours – two working days – per year, for every driver. You may be losing weeks of staff hours on repeated form-filling! Furthermore, it’s a well-publicised fact that tax inspectors are routinely discovering that employees exaggerate their business mileage by an average of 25%. This is a startling level of over-estimation that should not be overlooked, but with no auditable evidence it can be impossible to prove. Now think about the combination of these two issues and it’s safe to say you could make very significant savings, simply by converting to telematics and benefitting straight away from an automated, reliable and validated mileage collection routine.
“How can tracking my drivers reduce my costs, when I’m paying for the system in the first place?”
Savings are made in numerous ways with telematics. You’ll be able to profile all of your drivers to establish their driving style and level of risk, and once you know your high-risk drivers you can implement measures to mitigate the risks they pose. This will typically reduce occurrences of accidents, damage to vehicles and speeding fines, all of which will cut costs. Educating staff to become better drivers will mean lower vehicle maintenance costs. Fewer accidents will result in fewer insurance claims and less repair bills. Improved driving styles and less instances of speeding will improve fuel consumption and reduce the fuel bill. You can confidently eliminate the risk of fuel theft. Optimised route planning means lower mileage and greater productivity. Visibility of out-of-hours vehicle use and private/business mileage keeps you abreast of your HMRC payments. We could go on…but you get the picture!
The facts speak for themselves. Telematics is revolutionising the way drivers are managed, even in businesses with the smallest of fleets.
Talk to FleetCheck; we can help you find out how telematics can work for you, with immediate benefits and peace of mind.
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