Ten ways telematics improves your fleet’s productivity and performance

Telematics is fast becoming part of the every-day monitoring and operations for a wide range of industries given the benefits a ‘connected’ fleet can provide.  Everything from fuel consumption, scheduling, vehicle activity, speed and driver behaviour to vehicle location, performance and maintenance schedules can be monitored on a cloud-based, web portal for you. 

EROAD’s sophisticated telematics platform collects the right data to provide you with a deep understanding of your business to improve productivity, efficiency, enhance your safety and compliance at the same time as helping you service your customers better. You can also respond to events as they happen.

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Here’s 10 ways EROAD can help enhance your fleet’s productivity and performance

1. EROAD tracks your driver’s and vehicle’s productivity rates

EROAD’s telematics platform allows you to monitor all parts of your fleet so you can better allocate resources, optimise routes, reduce turn-around times and plan schedules more accurately. This helps lower costs, such as fuel and labour, at the same time as lifting the bar when it comes to providing a high standard of customer service.

Correct driver identification enhances your visibility of what and where your drivers are and unlocks valuable insights on driver performance. EROAD’s Driver Login helps ensure you know exactly who’s behind the wheel at all times, giving you better visibility of your fleet to support health and safety as well as boost driver performance.  

EROAD also provides businesses with the ability to geofence so you have complete visibility of what your assets are doing on a specific site. This includes data on arrival times, time spent on site, distance driven and whether auxiliary equipment was used.


"We installed the EROAD system to help us manage health and safety outcomes and improve fleet utilisation and it’s already paid for itself with improvements in efficiency generated by the daily trip information and fuel savings."

Brad Courtney,
Fleet Manager, HRV

2. EROAD automates RUC

Not only does EROAD help optimise your operations, it automates the RUC compliance process, saving time and money.

EROAD’s platform allows you to automatically top up RUC as you go and it also accurately measures all off-road travel to maximise your RUCOR rebates at the same time as automating the claim process.

This cuts down on admin time, visits to the Post Office, the risk of accidental non-compliance and also helps you claim more off-road refunds, faster.

What’s more, you can automatically purchase RUC in legally minimum amounts so that you can keep more cash running your business - rather than sitting on the windscreen.

Container Waste

"AutoRUC is the best thing ever invented for a small business like mine. Most of the time it’s just me running the business, so time is precious and AutoRUC is a good time saver."

Darryn Harris,
Director, Container Waste

3. EROAD helps reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption

One of the biggest, and most quantifiable areas, EROAD can make an impact is in reducing your fleet’s fuel bill. Fuel is one of the biggest costs for your business and speed, excess idling, vehicle maintenance and route choices all have an impact on your fleet’s fuel bill.

EROAD provides detailed insights into fuel consumption by vehicle and driver. It helps you understand your fleet’s fuel consumption patterns and identify areas or instances of unnecessary fuel use to help reduce overall fuel consumption and improve vehicle performance.

It also simplifies fuel management by allowing you to compare fuel records against vehicle distance and location information and identify trends and exceptions across your fleet.             

* EROAD Red Paper - ‘Take a fresh look at your fleet’s fuel usage to deliver big savings and sustainability’

An EROAD study* found that our customers improved their fuel efficiency by an average of 6% after just one year.

4. EROAD nurtures a solid safety culture and a well-run fleet

Creating a safe work environment for employees is not only the right thing to do, it’s a legal obligation under New Zealand’s Health and Safety at Work Act (2015).

Driver behaviour, vehicle maintenance and managing fatigue risk are some of the key areas where EROAD can actively help you manage your safety compliance and create a safer fleet.

EROAD’s award-winning, NZ Transport Agency-approved telematics solution puts safety at the forefront of everything. It helps improve your safety management practices by monitoring your driver’s, vehicle’s and equipment’s performance so you can address issues quickly and also nurture a strong safety culture. 

EROAD’s Ehubo2 allows you to monitor everything from who’s in the driver’s seat, for how long and where they are at any time as well as speed, seatbelt use and maintenance issues.

This has a direct impact on your productivity and creates a range of benefits, including:

  • Reducing the risk and cost of accidents and injuries
  • Enhanced safety compliance
  • Reducing your fleet’s insurance premiums and excess
  • Increasing driver productivity
  • Enhancing driver morale and retention

Monitoring driver behaviour, managing fatigue risk and vehicle maintenance are some of the key areas where EROAD can actively help you create a safer, more productive fleet.

5. EROAD helps develop safer, more accountable and efficient drivers

EROAD’s telematics solution helps reduce dangerous driving issues, such as seatbelt use, speed, harsh braking, cornering and sharp acceleration and their associated costs by providing more visibility of your drivers and better two-way communication while on the road to encourage better, safer driving. 

It achieves this by bridging the gap between after-the-event management reporting and in-cab, behind-the-wheel influence on driver behaviour. In effect, it increases driver accountability, facilitates better driving choices at the same time as allowing you to reinforce and reward good driving habits. 

With its two-way messaging functionality, you can stay in touch with your drivers while they’re on the road. 

EROAD’s Leaderboard provides you with an inside view of your fleet based on key driver metrics, enabling you to set up effective driver training and reward programmes.

EROAD’s customisable reports allow you to organise the data by driver so you can coach those who need it at the same time as incentivising and rewarding drivers who improve or excel.

EROAD helps you keep track of your driver’s hours and also lowers the risk of accidental non-compliance with fatigue and rest time rules. It does this by alerting drivers when they’re ready for a rest break or at risk of violation.

Ensuring your drivers are safe on the road can also provide other benefits to your business such as reduced fuel and insurance excess, less vehicle downtime, reduced fines and penalties, happier drivers and customers!

Driver accountability has a very real impact on speed and road safety.

An EROAD study found that vehicles where the driver was logged in had 50% less speed events than vehicles with no identified driver.

EROAD study, June 2016, across 1344 organisations

6. EROAD identifies under-performing vehicles and assets

EROAD can also help identify under-utilised vehicles and areas that need improvements to maximise efficiency rates and workloads.

You can monitor the idle and working time of each of your vehicles to identify under-performing assets or drivers, improve fuel economy and reduce engine wear-and-tear, which can deliver significant improvements to your bottom line.


7. EROAD enhances better fleet health and maintenance

Unexpected repair costs can hit hard and can also result in unscheduled delays and down-time. EROAD can play a key role in helping maintain a healthy fleet and also reduce the risk of unexpected issues.

EROAD’s Service and Maintenance and Inspect features gives you the ability to track and stay on top of vehicle issues easily to pre-empt problems so they can be rectified quickly before they become expensive.


8. EROAD can drive down insurance costs

Insurance companies are consistently looking to telematics technology to provide customers with a more accurate insurance cost based on real driver behaviour. By installing EROAD in your vehicles, you can potentially reduce your insurance excess and premiums by participating in targeted insurance programs.

In addition, EROAD also offers anti-theft functionalities with its Asset Tracker, which accurately tracks and monitors mobile assets and provides a daily location update.

*Not all insurance companies offer discounts for utilising vehicle tracking systems.


9. EROAD provides complete visibility of your partner and sub-contractors

Staying across your partner or sub-contractor’s activities is imperative to maintaining a good safety record and a productive business.

EROAD’s Share provides you with the ability to share information with sub-contractors and other businesses up and down your supply chain, so you can see what’s happening with their vehicles too. Having this visibility means you can ensure they are meeting the same high standards you expect, and have to legally comply with, from your own drivers and they meet your duty of care obligations.


10. EROAD helps plan better routes

EROAD’s smart telematics platform helps identify the most efficient (or direct) routes for your fleet to reduce the overall amount of kilometres travelled. Not only does this cut down on fuel consumption, but also on carbon emissions (and your fleet’s overall carbon footprint).

This helps reduce the amount of time drivers spend behind the wheel (by driving fewer kilometres) and, combined with trip and fleet utilisation reports, boosts driver productivity. In effect, it enables your drivers to get more work done in the same amount of time or less, lowering costs and improving customer satisfaction.


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