Driver behaviour – a vital tool for fleet managers

Our fully-featured driver behaviour module gives fleet managers complete visibility of their drivers and how they’re driving.

The Simplytrak driver behaviour solution allows businesses to quickly analyse and compare the driving behaviour of their employees. Excessive speeding and acceleration, harsh braking and cornering and periods of extreme idling are all reported in the Scorecard section of the system.

Reduce costs

Events like the ones reported in the scorecard are not just indicative of dangerous driving, they’re also contributing factors of increased fuel consumption and often a driver of higher maintenance costs.

The system will also highlight when a vehicle is left idling in real time. This could be if a driver is making a delivery or waiting to start a job. Vehicle idling can be costly not just for wasting fuel unnecessarily but vehicle theft commonly occurs when a driver has left a van running.

By monitoring driver behaviour, fleet managers can identify training requirements for areas for improvement and reduce costs by promoting safer and more economical driving.

Scorecard

The scorecard view lists all of your vehicles that are fitted with the Simplytrak tracking unit and allows you to track how each one is being driven in a league table view.

 

Each vehicle starts the day with 100 points. For each event trigger (details below), the driver is deducted three points (six points for a collision). The colour changes depending on the score: green (100-85 points); amber (84-70 points); and red (69-0 points).

Events

With the Simplytrak system, the tracking device installed in your vehicle detects driver behaviour events using GPS technology and triggers events based on thresholds programmed into the tracking unit. The default events and thresholds are:

Harsh braking: Triggered when the vehicle’s negative acceleration G-force is over 225mg for one second.
Harsh Acceleration: Triggered when the vehicle’s acceleration G-force is over 200mg for one second.
Harsh Cornering: Triggered when the vehicle’s centrifugal G-force is over 225mg for one second whilst the vehicle is over 40kph.
Excessive Idling: Triggered when the vehicle has not moved for five minutes whilst the ignition is on.
Excessive Speeding: Triggered when the vehicle exceeds 100 kph for ten seconds.
Collision: The vehicle impact state is triggered when impact is detected at a rate of 10,000mg.

Detailed view

If there is a particular driver that has triggered a number of events, you can view the detail behind each one by clicking on the event count. This will open a map in a new window with each event trigger plotted on the map.

This will help fleet managers understand a bit more about the circumstances of the event, for example idling could be explained if it occurred through roadworks or heavy traffic.

Driver safety

As well as the economical benefits, spotting behaviour events can help to keep your drivers safe. Our driving, like most things in life, can be affected by our mood. Multiple excessive speeding, harsh braking and harsh cornering events could be indicative of careless driving. With the live scorecard, the fleet manager could decide to contact a particular driver to better understand the situation.

Reputation

When they’re out on the road (presumably in a branded vehicle), your drivers are representing your company. So, if they’re driving badly, this could impact negatively on your business.

Likewise, many of our customers use the scorecard to reward calm, careful drivers. This encourages drivers to maintain good driving behaviour when out representing your brand.

For a full explanation of the driver behaviour scorecard, contact our customer services team on 01430 879197 or request a demo by filling in the form at simplytrak.com/contact