Fuel consumption is one of the highest expenses for every commercial fleet and can represent up to 30% of annual operating costs. With fuel prices on the rise, lots of companies are searching for ways to reduce the bill. Here are 5 ways how telematics can help you reduce your fuel spend.

1. Educate reckless drivers

How often do your drivers put their pedal to the metal, or just leave the engine running? Teach them to drive more sensibly with telematics. Identify harsh acceleration, braking and idling to reduce fuel consumption.

How? Our solution establishes driving scores for each driver based on their behaviour. These scores will enable you to highlight the most dangerous and costly drivers, and analyse training needs.

In-cab coaching devices help drivers monitor their own performance. The device emits audible and visual alarms when the driver performs risky manoeuvres, giving them the ability to correct their own bad habits in real-time.

EcoDrive driver scores on desktop and mobile

Driver scores displayed on Masternaut's Connect platform and Driver Companion App

2. Dispatch closest drivers

A customer calls at short notice to ask for emergency work. With telematics, you can locate the nearest vehicle and most appropriate driver for the job. That way, you’ll reduce company mileage, but also admin time and hassle for the customer.

GPS vehicle locations being displayed in real-time on Masternaut's Connect platform

3. Reduce engine idling

Contrary to popular belief, cutting and restarting the engine is not wasteful. Did you know that letting an engine idle for 10 seconds consumes more fuel than stopping it and restarting it?

With telematics you can detect when a vehicle is stopped with its engine running and for how long. You can also track the wasted fuel in real time. This information can then be used to inform and educate your drivers.

4. Separate business & private

Reduce vehicle utilisation out-of-hours through efficiency and transparency. Telematics gives businesses the ability to track every mile driven. Non-optimal routes, detours, unauthorised journeys ... all activity becomes visible and can be queried with drivers to reduce wasteful behaviour over time. Many of our customers have found a big screen with a live map in their offices very effective.

5. Schedule more efficient routes 

Planning trips for the day in advance can reduce unnecessary detours and get drivers to their destinations in fewer miles, which saves time and money. With telematics in place, you can easily calculate the shortest route per driver, using online maps, live traffic and historical data.

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