HVACR Business

APR 2017

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17 HVACR BUSINESS APRIL 2017 www. hvacrbusiness .com data gathered from Telematics. Alerts allow fleet managers to take ac- tion on time-sensitive events like if drivers are speeding, vehicles are moving where or when they shouldn't be, vehicles are exces- sively idling, and more. ere are several reports that can pro- vide insight into driver behavior, includ- ing the Driver Scorecard Report that rank vehicles based on speeding and rapid acceleration/deceleration. Scorecard reports rank vehicles and drivers based on speeding, idling, harsh braking, fast acceleration, and other met- rics to provide management an overview of driver performance. If you are not using driver scorecards, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to coach drivers on better behavior and create internal incen- tive programs to help achieve your goals. By using a flexible platform with cus- tomizable reporting options, you won't just be receiving more reports; you will be re- ceiving more specific reports with the rele- vant data on which you need to take action. By sharing this report's graphical re- sults with employees, they will have a clear understanding of what areas they need to improve to better meet fleet safety regulations. Maintain Safer Vehicles According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 percent of critical pre-crash events that cause vehicle accidents are attributed to tire failure. Staying on top of preventative ser- vices, like tire rotations, is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents with Telematics. e soware's maintenance module will automatically track run time and odom- eter readings, then send reminders when services like tire rotations and balancing, oil changes, emissions testing, or any other types of services are due to be completed. It is recommended to send maintenance alerts to management and drivers to ensure vehicles and equipment receive necessary services as soon as possible. Although automated maintenance re- minders are effective, a service may still slip through the cracks here and there. To proactively monitor overdue services, man- agement should get in the habit of view- ing scheduled maintenance reports. ese reports should be available on-demand or can be automated by email on a daily/ weekly/monthly basis. Any outstanding services will be flagged in red on the report so managers can ensure they are completed right away. This Cost of Unsafe Driving e well-being of workers is a crucial reason to use fleet management applica- tions to enhance safety programs, but there are cost implications as well. ere is a clear correlation between unsafe driving and accidents, so it's no wonder that so many HVACR fl eets are focusing on safety as a key fl eet initiative. So, how much do accidents really cost employers? According to the Cost of Motor Vehicles Crashes to Employers 2015 Report, between on-the-job crashes and off-the-job crashes, the total is greater than $47 billion across fleets in the United States. ose costs fall into two categories: Health fringe benefit costs — bene fi ts paid because of illness and in- jury of employees and their dependents. Non-fringe costs — motor vehicle property damage and liability insur- ance, crash-related legal expenses and the costs of unreimbursed vehicle dam- age and replacement. When looking at what each crash costs an employer, it breaks down to approxi- mately $24,000 per on-the-job highway crash, $45,000 per million vehicle-miles of travel, and $68,000 per injury. Assessing just how much dangerous driving impacts the bottom line provides a strong incentive to have this technolog y in place. By using Telematics as a safety technolo- g y, businesses can correct unsafe driving in real-time, receive tools to coach and pro- vide performance feedback to employees, write new driver policies, and more. When considering the cost of Telematics vs. the cost per accident, the investment in the technolog y becomes incredibly worthwhile, as it's only a fraction of the expense accidents will incur for a business. By using Telematics to enhance current safety programs, your business will be able to solve specific safety concerns, reduce costs and ensure worker safety while oper- ating company vehicles. u Jenny Malcolm is the marketing communications manager for GPS Insight. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's of Communication and is responsible for external marketing communication for all business segments that GPS Insight targets. 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