Keys to Managing Fleet Safety With Telematics

By Team Writer / February 21, 2019

A properly-deployed telematics system can provide useful insights into vehicle and driver performance, especially when there is not a full-time human safety manager. Telematics can alert you to drivers who employ potentially hazardous maneuvers like jackrabbit starts, hard braking and driving too fast. Some telematics systems prevent drivers from using phones on the road, and may even provide immediate feedback to drivers. They can also help prevent tailgating. Telematics can also provide both managers and drivers with comprehensive “scorecards” gauging each driver’s absolute and relative safety patterns, and giving both a clearer picture of how to improve.

Key Takeaways:

  • Telematic systems are a great tool for fleet companies. They provide several information including vehicle location, fuel economy and erratic driving events.
  • It has been estimated that a driver-related incident in a fleet could have disastrous consequences for the company and that is why telematics is important.
  • Some telematic systems offer alerts to the driver to curb overspeeding and inform him about erratic driving patterns.

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