Reducing peak speed by just 8 km/hr saves 10% to 15% in fuel consumption. (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority - EECA). Multiply that by the number of vehicles in your fleet and that will get your heart racing!
Driver behaviour and in particular speeding is one of the biggest contributing factors to your fleet’s efficiency and safety. So we have put together some helpful tips around creating awareness in your team and how best to use ArmadaGPS to get actionable data that you can rely on to make big savings and have safer and happier drivers.
Increasing awareness is the way to go...
Make speed reduction a 'thing' in your team; embed the mantra that speeding is not worth the risk. People often think they’re saving time by driving faster, but it’s hardly significant, and it’s not worth the increase in anxiety or risk to safety. If your driver's know that you are taking speeding seriously they will do the same. Introduce regular speed reports and openly discuss them at team meetings.
Get your team leaders to pass on the message around driver behaviour that it's not ok and present useful stats and information that will encourage awareness and enable drivers to rethink their driving behaviour.
Tip: the best ways to save on fuel and improve the bottom line are to avoid excessive idling, use gradual accelerating and decelerating, and drive slower. If your drivers understand how they are contributing to the safety and the efficiencies of the business, they'll rethink their driver behaviour.
Encourage strong communication
A good open flow of communication between drivers and your operations team always works a treat. The Garmin DriveSmart 51 really compliments ArmadaGPS and makes rerouting and client updates easy, so drivers can focus on the road ahead and taking needed breaks instead of worrying about making up for any delays.
Delays are inevitable; having the right tools in place will improve communication flow and optimise route planning to ensure everyone is doing their best to avoid having to react to a situation resulting in poor driver behaviour.
What decisions need to be made?
When you have an idea of your drivers' speed history you can decide if there are some specific drivers to focus on and work with them directly to bring their speed down. Or, if the issue of speeding is across the team, is it more realistic to think about implementing some strategies to ensure your time frames are better managed to alleviate the pressures being placed on your drivers? What tools and strategies can you implement to ensure your vehicles' time on the road is optimised and not requiring driver reactions to unforeseen incidents?
Identifying the root cause of speeding will enable you to decide on the best long-term approach to ensure your workplace culture supports your business goals.