Fleet Management, Maintenance, Efficiency

4 Ways Fleet Telematics Can Help You Manage Maintenance

June 16, 2021

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Margaret Good

Manager, Partner Marketing


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Samsara is proud to partner with third-party apps, like Fleetio, to help our customers more easily manage their operations. As a trusted partner, we’ve invited Fleetio to share their tips for how to manage your fleet’s maintenance information.

By Laura Flowers, Fleetio

While you may already use a fleet telematics system to track vehicle location, fleet telematics devices are also powerful tools to manage and automate maintenance tasks.

Leveraging Fleet Telematics to Improve Maintenance Workflows

If you’re like most fleet managers, you probably associate fleet telematics solutions with location tracking. Though telematics devices are great for monitoring vehicle location (especially when your fleet is spread out), there are many more benefits to leveraging fleet telematics.

Fleet telematics devices provide a mass amount of vehicle data, including information on the health status of your vehicles, making them an ideal resource for tracking and analyzing your fleet. Receiving vehicle data from your telematics device is a great way to improve your fleet maintenance plan.

By supplementing telematics data with fleet management software, fleet managers can receive real-time telematics data in a cloud-based platform to automate maintenance workflows and immediately address vehicle issues as they arise.

Housing all fleet data on a comprehensive platform ensures managers have maximum visibility into vehicle status, maintenance schedules and inspection results to prevent vehicle downtime and improve fleet efficiency. Here are a few ways pairing a telematics device with fleet management software can improve your fleet maintenance process.

1. Improve Fleet Operations by Receiving Real-Time Data

When your fleet is spread out across the map, receiving up-to-date vehicle information can be difficult. Drivers may not be able to easily communicate while on the road, and if you’re still relying on paperwork to manage your fleet, you could be waiting days or weeks to receive pertinent data.

Fleet technology eliminates communication gaps and provides you with real-time data regarding your assets.

A fleet telematics system can provide real-time data regarding the health of your vehicle to keep you informed of any issues and make necessary fleet maintenance decisions to avoid downtime.

Integrating a telematics system into fleet management software provides increased visibility into overall operations, allowing you to automate fleet maintenance processes and make data-driven decisions regarding your assets.

While telematics tools can provide real-time vehicle information, fleet management software centralizes all of your fleet data to automate workflows and keep you connected with your team. By pairing the two, fleet managers can accurately monitor driver behavior, fleet maintenance, fault alerts and overall vehicle health.

2. Conduct Preventive Maintenance Based on Odometer Readings

Most fleets base their preventive maintenance (PM) schedules on mileage, but manually tracking odometer readings is inefficient and often error-prone. Paper-based systems don’t provide fleet managers with accurate, real-time updates to ensure PM tasks are carried out on time.

By utilizing fleet telematics devices, odometer readings can be automatically uploaded into fleet management software, ensuring managers have an organized way to manage fleet maintenance and never fall behind on PM tasks.

Fleet managers can set service reminders in fleet management software based on odometer readings.

Setting service reminders and due-soon thresholds allows you and your team to receive email or push notifications to schedule preventive maintenance.

Integrating a telematics device into your software system ensures accurate odometer readings are uploaded each day. You can also sync updates from any of your assets at any time with one click to get instant updates from your fleet telematics system.

Instead of manually tracking odometer readings and calculating when fleet maintenance is due, software automates these processes by pulling current telematics data to ensure your fleet maintains a proactive PM schedule.

3. Immediately Address Issues from Diagnostic Trouble Codes

When it comes to unplanned maintenance, time is of the essence. Vehicle issues can fester under the hood for days, weeks, even months at a time without you knowing, resulting in more extensive and costly repairs.

While that check engine light may go ignored by drivers, fleet managers can gain peace of mind and create fleet maintenance strategies based on information from their telematics tools. By pairing a telematics system with fleet management software, fleet managers receive instant notification of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) across their fleets.

DTC and fault alerts from your telematics devices can be linked to mobile work orders in fleet management software, providing maintenance technicians a complete picture of any issues.

Linking DTC alerts directly to line items issues are addressed and are automatically recorded in your fleet’s service history, ensuring you and your team have accurate insight into a vehicle's current and past condition.

Some assets trigger multiple fault alerts, and determining which alerts are relevant can disrupt your day. Fleetio allows managers to choose which alerts they receive, ensuring only relevant alerts come to your inbox.

Pairing your telematics system with fleet management software allows you to see issues across your assets immediately and jumpstart the maintenance process to reduce overall downtime. Fleetio also maintains a report of all DTCs, allowing you to spot possible maintenance trends across your fleet and proactively manage them.

4. Aggregate Fleet Maintenance and Telematics Data into Configurable Reports

To maintain an efficient fleet, fleet managers must track and analyze every aspect of their operations. Fleets who still rely on paper and spreadsheets to manage operations have a difficult time compiling fleet data and accessing relevant information quickly.

Managing your entire fleet with cloud-based software ensures all of your data is organized into easy-to-read visualizations.

With configurable fleet reports, fleet managers can analyze the exact data they need to make the best decisions for their fleet.

Tracking maintenance and telematics data in fleet management software eliminates manual data entry, saving fleet managers countless hours and allowing them to use that extra time to analyze data and monitor their operations.

By integrating telematics data into fleet software, users can view maintenance reports regarding asset utilization, service history and fault codes. Fleet management software also calculates cost-per-mile based on geolocation data, allowing you to monitor fleet expenses and develop strategies to cut costs and improve your bottom line.

Take fleet maintenance to the next level by pairing your Samsara telematics data with a modern fleet maintenance platform from Fleetio. The seamless integration between systems provides a secure, automated data transfer, ensuring that you have access to all of the critical telematics data you need to keep your preventative maintenance schedules current. Diagnostic trouble codes, engine faults and DVIR defects sync directly to Fleetio, kicking off maintenance workflows with one-click. And DVIR resolutions in Fleetio are even synced back to Samsara, eliminating any manual efforts and keeping your data current.

To learn more about the Samsara & Fleetio integration, check out the Samsara Marketplace


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