In construction, few assets are as valuable or necessary as vehicles and equipment. Whether you’re transporting supplies or shaping the infrastructure, your tools are an essential part of your operations.
Though construction fleets don’t operate in the same way as traditional fleets, their need for telematics is just as great. To show you the value of tracking data for construction vehicles, read through the benefits we’ve outlined below.
1. Lowering fuel costs
Heavy-duty vehicles require large amounts of expensive fuel, especially when left to sit and idle excessively. With a telematics device such as the Geotab GO RUGGED, you can monitor and limit the amount of idle time for your vehicles. By using the data to develop better training strategies for your drivers, you can reduce the amount of fuel your fleet uses and overall costs you face.
2. Tracking stolen equipment
Your work often requires leaving equipment at the job site overnight, which can easily lead to theft. With the GPS tracking capabilities available on most telematics solutions, you can know exactly where your equipment is at all times. If a vehicle is stolen, the tracking feature allows you to monitor every location change, giving you the information needed to recover your equipment as quickly as possible.
3. Optimizing equipment use
Underutilized or broken equipment can have drastic effects on productivity and project schedules. By installing telematics devices into your fleet, you can gain a full understanding of both vehicle diagnostics and use. This comprehensive data can help you improve regular and preventative maintenance, reducing breakdowns and mechanical issues. You can also determine the state of your fleet, determining which equipment is underused, the accurate number of vehicles you need, and the best way to use what you’ve got.
4. Reducing job site accidents
No matter how well you prepare and train, accidents always happen. To help avoid them, coach your drivers through the in-vehicle feedback features available in some telematics devices. This capability can help you train drivers in safer behaviors, which can help in reducing job site collisions. You can also use your telematics data to reconstruct any accidents that occur. Armed with this information, you can then create the best plan for addressing the problem and avoiding another similar incident in the future.
How do you use telematics to protect and improve your fleet?