Announcing to employees that your company will be tracking fleet vehicles is just the beginning. To drive the healthiest returns on your GPS tracking investment, managers must also communicate the goals of the company, show employees how the system will be used to help achieve them, and perhaps most importantly reward employees for their progress!
In other words, for the best results engage the people with the most potential to impact reaching your goal. That means setting and communicating smart targets, demonstrating how the system will track progress towards your goal, and set out a process for employees to share in the rewards that come as a result. It’s important for employees to know the motivation isn’t all “Big Brother wants to know what you’re doing” – rather it’s any number of business goals like “we want to reduce operating costs” or “we want to deliver a superior customer experience” or “we want to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Following are a few examples of initiatives undertaken by a fleet operator with an initial goal of simply Reduce Travel Speeds
Slowing down a fleet has a tremendous effect on lowering fuel costs. Fuel consumption can be up to 20% greater when traveling 120 km/h as opposed to 100 km/h. This fleet operator reduced vehicle speeds by setting quarterly targets to reduce maximum trip speeds, over-speed events, and even set lower limits on specific stretches of a, particularly dangerous highway. The goal and targets were communicated to drivers and they were given a full demonstration of how the GPS tracking system monitored and reported vehicle speeds. Together they developed an incentive plan that included gift cards and extra time-off for meeting targets. The company so significantly reduced fleet vehicle speeds and saved on fuel costs that they extended the program to other areas.
Level Vehicle Speed
Leveling vehicle speed is another great way to reduce fuel consumption. Natural Resources Canada estimates that by accelerating gently, maintaining a steady speed, anticipating traffic, and coasting to decelerate in conjunction with reducing overall speed can decrease fuel consumption by as much as 25%. The fleet operator set targets to reduce excessive acceleration, hard braking, and over-revving vehicle events following the same principles of involving drivers from start to finish. Again, the results were positive and the fleet operator continued to stretch the system to continue to save fuel costs.
Reduce Unnecessary Idling
Working in colder environments is a challenge for fleet operators in many ways. Excessive idling is one of those challenges and is a manageable culprit that drives up fuel and maintenance costs. Idling, as you might guess, gets zero miles to the gallon. In fact, a vehicle will burn up to a half a litre of fuel for every 10 minutes of idling. So, this fleet operator set an initial goal to decrease total fleet idle time by 30% and eliminate single idling events of greater than 10 minutes in duration entirely. These goals were communicated and examples of the GPS tracking reports that would monitor their progress reviewed. As well, an entirely new incentive program was developed together that included rewards and recognition commensurate with the potential savings from reducing idling time.
Some fleet operators take it the next level and create friendly competition between drivers and branches. As they engage employees, they continue to work to achieve the many fleet and business goals that a quality GPS tracking system can help attain.
AutoConnect GPS welcomes the opportunity to help you engage your people and reach your most important business goals!