Fleet Management, Efficiency

Top 5 Metrics for Fleet Managers: Driving Your Business with Data

June 14, 2018

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Advancements in fleet tracking technology have made data collection easier and more accessible than ever before. Thousands of sensors now automatically upload millions of data points, revealing potential insights that were previously unattainable. However, while invaluable, all of this data can quickly become overwhelming. Effective fleet managers must identify what is important and find the right tools and systems to help them sift through the noise.

Looking to leverage data for smoother fleet operations? We’ve compiled our Top 5 Metrics for Fleet Managers to help you spend less time digging through your data and more time acting on it!

1) Safety Incidents

When it comes to safety, prevention is paramount. Tracking Safety Incidents provides a quick snapshot of your fleet’s safety performance. A telematics solution can help simplify this analysis by aggregating incidents such as speeding or distracted driving into a single Safety Score. Proactively respond to driver behavior, measure the impact of safety trainings, and flag individual drivers for additional coaching. Be sure to check out our tips on how to improve your fleet safety program.

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2) Hours of Service Violations

With hard enforcement of the ELD mandate in full swing, make sure your team has a handle on Hours of Service Violations. Gain visibility into drivers nearing violation, flag drivers with repeat violations for additional coaching, or use high rates of missing logs to implement training programs on correct logging processes. Read our top tips for ELD success for additional pointers.

3) Fuel Efficiency

Monitor Fuel Efficiency to make sure you don’t get caught paying more at the pump. Review each vehicle’s efficiency, and consider reducing use of gas-guzzlers or re-optimizing routes. Address idle time (and its estimated cost!) with drivers to cut down on fuel waste. For more information on how to slash your fuel costs, read our fuel management tips for fleets.

4) Engine Hours

Review the actual Engine Hours of your vehicles and equipment to proactively address maintenance. Reduce downtime and extend vehicle lifespan by performing preventative maintenance based on engine hours, rather than on a set schedule.

5) Route Performance & Time on Site

Compare planned to actual Route Performance to identify route inefficiencies and keep late stops from becoming a habit. Or, determine which delivery sites are taking longer than others by looking at Time on Site. Pinpointing exactly where in a route delays are happening makes it easier to solve the problem and improve route efficiency. Check out our additional resources for maximizing route efficiency!

Interested in learning about how Samsara helps you gather insights and cut through the noise? Contact us for a free trial!

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