3 KPIs to help benchmark your fleet vehicle telematics data

3 KPIs to help benchmark your fleet vehicle telematics data

The real-time data generated from telematics technology can be used to monitor every aspect of your fleet vehicle and driver performance. These parameters include:

  • Vehicle operation, including traveling speeds, distances journeyed and the frequency of stops.
  • The condition of assets, including servicing history and average fuel consumption.
  • Human factors such as hours drivers have worked, breaks taken and communications with fleet managers.

After logging and processing this data, operators can then use it to drive important changes in their business. These changes can reduce vehicle wear-and-tear and fuel costs, lower time spent on-road and improve driver safety.

Telematics can be used to improve driver safety.

Tracking the positives of telematics

These three benefits are decisive when you consider how to benchmark the value of telematics data. Statistics are meaningless unless you can derive actionable goals from them, which is why KPIs are crucial to interpreting operational information.

All performance metrics should be linked to your organisation’s strategic objectives and core mission statement. Starting with these broad-level targets, fleet management can divide the workload into goals that are determined as fulfilled or on target by KPIs. In most fleet businesses this can be broken down into indicators focused around safety, efficiency and compliance.

1) Safety KPIs

If the aim of a business aims to drop the rate of fleet vehicle collisions, tracking this through events per a set distance is a good way of breaking this down. For example, if a business aims to reduce its collision rate by 10 per cent, they can apply this calculation:

If the current collisions rate is one per 100,000 kilometers, reducing this by 10 per cent works out at 0.9 per 100,000 kilometers (one divided by 100 multiplied by 10). Rounding this, the acceptable rate moves up to one collision per 111,000 kilometers.

Other KPIs for tracking safety in a fleet business include:

  • Number of speeding events per month.
  • Number of events involving mobile phone use or fatigue.
  • Percentage of repeat offenders over a set time period.

Using these figures, fleet managers can find and track the ways safety is measured, applying changes that improves the safety of drivers and other road users.

Speeding is a key metric for analysing driver on-road safety.

2) Efficiency KPIs

Fleet enterprises trying to improve efficiency can apply this in a number of ways. One example is fuel consumption levels. A significant cost for any fleet operation, fuel use can be monitored and optimised in the following way:

An average fleet truck uses 60 liters per 100 kilometers. If a business wants to improve this by 20 per cent, 48 liters per 100 kilometers becomes the new fuel consumption aim (60 divided by 100 multiplied by 20).

With telematics, managers can improve route planning and reduce journey times through real-time fleet management. They can also monitor braking and truck idling to analyse where most fuel is wasted and use this data to reduce overall consumption.

Other efficiency KPIs include:

  • Journey time per hundred kilometers.
  • Frequency and length of driver breaks.
  • Number of fleet vehicles on the road at once.

3) Compliance KPIs 

Compliance is a key consideration for many fleet operations. Going beyond following the rules of the road, many industries are governed by restrictions on driver hours and breaks. Setting a strategic goal to ensure every compliance standard is met requires determining a key KPI to follow.

For example, hours driven per day is a good metric to follow. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says drivers in Australia can’t work any more than 10 hours in an 11-hour shift.

Telematics allows drivers to ‘log’ into their journey, with the technology tracking distances traveled and time passed. The counter will switch to tracking the amount of break time, then switch back to driving time once the vehicle is operational again. In this way, operators can be certain they are meeting all government safety requirements.

Hours worked by divers and fuel emissions are key concerns for fleet managers that can be monitored through compliance KPIs.

Another example of an appropriate compliance KPIs is emissions monitoring and sustainability. Australian fleet businesses are required to meet differing petrol and diesel emission standards (one gram per kilometer and one and a half grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide respectively, according to the Department of Infrastructure). Monitoring these emissions against fuel consumption, operators can see if they need new vehicles for their fleet.

Leveraging telematics data to your advantage

Applying telematics insights to your business is core to Netstar’s mission statement. We have helped fleet managers to drive change in their operations. We work with clients from a variety of sectors, including:

We are more than a product supplier. The Netstar team works with our clients to maximise the value derived from real-time data, allowing operators to develop their own unique fleet vehicle telematics benchmarks. For more information about getting this process underway, reach out to the team today by clicking here!

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