Can telematics systems really help the environment?

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We are all aware that transport needs have increased over the years, between 1973 and 2012 oil consumption increased by a massive 65%, and the majority of the increase has been attributed to oil consumption by transport. Vehicles are a necessary commodity for most businesses and unfortunately many of the electric or hybrid versions RRP’s make them an unviable option. But, did you know that with a few simple changes you could, however, make a considerable reduction in your fuel consumption, reduce your carbon footprint and save money on fuel in the process?

Company vehicle owners can play an important role in tackling climate change by reducing emissions and ‘Eco-driving’ has shown some amazing results. It has been estimated that an aggressive driving style can lead to about a 37% increase in fuel consumption which significantly increases the production of greenhouse gases.+

Many companies have sent their drivers on courses that highlight the benefits of reducing speed, smoother driving skills and reduced idling. The change in fuel consumption can very often be immediate, with fuel savings being shown as up to 20%. Unfortunately without regular training reminders and continual feedback driving standards begin to lapse into previous bad habits and fuel savings can almost completely diminish over the course of 12 months. How can you tackle this? It is obviously not realistic to be sending your team on a monthly course, and any fuel savings would be irradiated through training costs and time spent away from the business. Telematics however can offer you a brilliant and cost-effective alternative...

‘Eco-driving’ can involve several driving techniques that drivers can use to improve the fuel economy of their car:-

  • Reducing speed
  • Reducing hard acceleration and cornering
  • Reducing idling
  • Minimising unnecessary braking
  • Planning and assessing journeys to reduce mileage and routine traffic jams

To support better driving standards a company should be able to encourage better behaviour, provide real-time alerts when the standards are below those expected and review when training and support are needed. Right Telematics offers this and is so much more than simple tracking. Our system can provide real-time data on the following:-

  • Journey start and finish times
  • Vehicle speed violations
  • Vehicle location
  • Acceleration events
  • Braking events
  • Cornering events
  • Excessive Idling
  • Fuel consumption
  • Right Fuelcard integration
  • Geo-fencing options
  • Curfew violations

Speed-reduction strategies can have quite a significant effect on oxides of nitrogen emissions+
So if you fit a telematics system the fuel reduction can be massive!
Recent studies have shown that installed telematics will:-

  • Lower total miles are driven by up to 10%#
  • Decrease idling by up to 30%#
  • Reduce fuel consumption by up to 25% #
  • Reduce your vehicle’s CO2 emissions

If you were to see these kinds of changes the impact would be very positive to both your company’s bottom line and the environment! Get in touch today to find out more.

*Impacts and reduction potential for corporate fleets Green Peace +RAC Foundation – Speed limits a review of the evidence *Benefits After Effective Deployment of Fleet Management System. Frost & Sullivan. 2015

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Jen Green
Head of Marketing

Jen has extensive experience across a range of regulated industries. Her research on the monthly market  movements for oil and how they will impact prices at the pump has been featured in numerous publications,  including the Transport Operator and Fuel Oil News.