Rising fuel costs are another reason for adopting data-driven TMS software platforms. An intelligent telematics system can collect and analyze data and help you automate key tasks like your Hours of Service (HOS), workflow, trailer tracking, and the dispatching and management of your entire fleet.
Telematics data can provide your team with actionable insights on miles or kilometres driven, vehicle idle time, fuel economy, and ways to optimize routing. Telematics data can even help identify simple issues like low tire pressure that can add up to high fuel wastage.
Optimizing operator behaviour and identifying potentially high fuel usage driving issues is another way TMS software can help identify fuel usage issues before they become a significant problem.
For example, TMS software can identify and reduce the following:
- Idling that burns fuel
- Aggressive driving and braking habits
- Coasting and cruising
Using TMS software and collecting telematics data can also help identify erratic driver behaviour that could be a safety issue for your business. It can also be a valuable tool to help you recognize when and where drivers are going off route so you can collect accurate odometer and fuel usage information.
TMS software can provide preventative maintenance recommendations for all your vehicles and trailers by collecting telematics and other vehicle data from your fleet. These recommendations can cover everything from tire rotation schedules, oil and filter changes, and mileage-based engine and mechanical maintenance that, over time, can increase fuel use and decrease profitability.
Using these proactive recommendations puts you in the driver’s seat to avoid major repairs and maintenance that can lead to downtime, surprise fleet operating costs, and low customer satisfaction.
Some TMS software can even allow you to upload video from your vehicles’ forward-facing cameras so you can verify incidents, absolve drivers of liability from an accident, and improve your driver training feedback loop.
Optimize your fleet with TransPlus TMS
Fuel is one of the most expensive aspects of running a commercial trucking business. As fuel prices continue to rise, now is the time to start monitoring your fleet to reduce fuel usage. TMS software can help cut fuel costs by allowing you to reduce fuel surcharges, plan fuel-efficient routes, and monitor driver behaviour that could negatively impact fuel usage.