Have you ever questioned your trucking operations efficiency? More importantly, have you found a solution yet?
Managing a truck fleet is more challenging than it was a few years back with continually emerging technologies and trends that reshape all aspects of trucking. But with proper fleet management strategies and an abundance of opportunities, you can take advantage of these trends, access potent tools and boost the efficiency of your operations.
You already know that there’s an endless list of add-ons you could put in your fleet if you want. Numerous innovative companies came up with credible technology and related devices-today, combining both software and hardware, claiming to offer the greatest advantages in daily truck operations.
Since it’s an incredibly varied industry, technology has smoothly found its ways to make truck operations quicker, easier, less taxing, more accurate, and safe, occasionally bringing considerable changes in the industry. Here some of the technologies we believe are vital for your daily truck operations efficiency
For trucking companies and fleet operations, the route is a core element. Dynamic routing provides both adjustability and valuable information for drivers about paths they have to take, weather conditions and traffic status in real-time.
Dynamic routing can whittle down unnecessary miles, find quicker routes, discover major collisions, and map around the traffic with newly updated GPS info. Moreover, dispatchers might be able to plan extra stops to minimize the distance traveled for every destination and improve the route density, regardless of your business nature.
This software might work wonders for your fleet operations. As it gets smarter, you can say goodbye to all those unexpected costs on fuel, downtime and items for the fleet. So, it goes without saying that with better road-planning, optimized truck routes, you can make better sense of your business operations. In addition to its efficiency, dynamic routing is an adaptable technology that allows you to find your own way to utilize it no matter the business nature.
It can help keep your costs steady, customers satisfied as your services will improve as well, which contributes to your brand’s reputation and ability to settle future operations.
Audio and Visual Systems
Safety and potential phony insurance claims are both solid reasons for truck fleet operators to invest in in-cab systems. Audio-visual safety equipment for vehicles has developed alongside the development of digital cameras generally, as it witnessed a great improvement in image processing, usability in low light/night time, and high definition image capture as the storage capacity becomes more generous.
With many collisions and potential false insurance claims, it’s reasonable for fleets to implement audio-visual and protect their drivers. Usually, those seeking false claims or even try to run into a truck, know very well that fleets are susceptible targets. Moreover, another dangerous aspect of this industry is public perception.
Research has shown that when heavy trucks and passenger cars collide, it’s the passenger car driver’s fault with a realistic majority of 70% but the audience and the public who see such a crash tend to assume it was the truck’s fault. Forward-looking cameras and audio systems can help you avoid such a nuisance because it shows the exact aspects of the event and saves your company from the costs of being sued.
Collision Mitigation Technology
Numerous researches have shown that heavy trucks are overrepresented in collisions and fatalities. A recent study for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated that buses and heavy trucks justified for 4% of registered vehicles and 9% of the total miles but were involved in 13% of accidents and 13% of total traffic fatalities.
Indeed, it’s due to their larger size and mass, as those from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration speculated, which can easily cause damage to a smaller vehicle. But, even if it’s the passenger car’s driver fault when trucks and cars collide, such occurrences might bring you colossal lawsuits and insurance claims.
Therefore, not only public safety but your business profitability as well should motivate you to reduce your fleet’s chances of collisions, especially if your company is hauling fuel or other dangerous materials. These collision mitigation systems have quickly become a vital asset on many new trucks-and usually with the ability to put out- and can be integrated into older trucks as well.
So, as always, technology might be the answer for effective trucking operations and business efficiently, as these advanced systems find new ways to monitor a truck’s surroundings, as well as the speed and control in specific conditions, allowing drivers to take autonomous control in case of emergency.
Trailer tracking allows operators to locate and manage their assets easily. When thinking about tracking your truck trailers, the first thing that comes into your mind is loss prevention. This might come in handy for your drivers in need to monitor trailer status and even warn the fleet if those trailers are exposed to high-theft areas or being stolen.
Good visibility of the assets mirrors a solid business sense. And, again, you’ve hit another great reason to add tracking technology to your fleet. These technologies not only involve a GPS that is physically mounted to the trailer, but also a wireless sensor that will feed up valuable data for your fleet management system.
Indeed, all these truck add-ons require a serious investment, but your truck drivers, managers and especially customers want to see that it’s really worth it. If you are uncertain about your actual truck operations, take some time to determine clear and realistic solutions and see which one of these latest technologies will prove valuable. Keep in mind that even though managing a fleet might prove challenging, it doesn’t mean you cannot better your operations and take advantage of the latest top fleet technologies to outgrow your competition.
So, make sure you won’t overlook new trends, management opportunities and smart tools that continuously appear. These technologies have been matured for years, and now it’s an ideal time to prove their worth.