3 metrics you should measure to create better fleet drivers

Creating a bit of friendly competition between drivers can be the perfect way for fleet managers to improve the way their vehicles are treated. After all, the natural competitiveness of many Australians will likely come to the fore in these situations. Who doesn't like proving they're the most capable behind the wheel?

However, the following metrics are a little different to what many think of when performance driving is mentioned, as they concern a vehicle fleet's safety and efficiency standards.

The concept of gamification is becoming a valuable tool for businesses looking to incentivise employee performance. With telematics software, fleet managers have access to a range of statistics they can use to evaluate a driver's habits. By using these as a virtual leaderboard where they can compete, fleet managers can create a bit of friendly rivalry for the good of their business. 

1. Fuel consumption - It's not what you drive, it's how you drive it

There's a certain skill in driving a vehicle in a way that minimises fuel consumption. While providing employees with green cars is a good first step in this regard, teaching drivers the value of smooth acceleration and braking can further reduce fuel costs. 

Regular maintenance is important for fleet efficiency. Regular maintenance is important for maintaining fleet efficiency.

Top Gear proved this in an episode years ago, pitting a hybrid Toyota Prius driven at full tilt against a V8 BMW M3 that simply had to keep up with it. After 10 laps around the track, the M3 was found to have used less fuel, as it wasn't being worked as hard to maintain the set pace. 

2. Fleet maintenance - Minimise wear and tear

Treating a vehicle with care when behind the wheel does more than just reduce its fuel consumption, it can also decrease the chance of unnecessary wear and tear. 

Although there are a range of wear items on vehicles that will all need to be replaced at some point, such as tyres, oil and other fluids, the life span of these items can be extended in some cases.

3. Distance travelled - Find optimum routes

Roy Morgan Research found that Australian drivers travel 15,000km per year on average.

Businesses that rely on repeat journeys often see drivers getting complacent with their route selections. Optimising routes can reduce fuel consumption and greatly decrease the number of kilometres drivers travel, consequently prolonging fleet maintenance. 

 Roy Morgan Research found that Australian drivers travel more than 15,500km per year on average. The lower this number becomes, the less that is spent on fuel and maintenance costs. 

For a telematics solution that can improve your drivers' performance, contact the team at Smartfleet.