July 18, 2017

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Written by Devon Tamagi

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As a fleet manager, you probably don’t want your fleet drivers speeding. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that speeding occurs on a daily basis. Often it's not done maliciously, drivers aren’t out on the road driving fast because they watched the movie "Speed" for the 14th time on cable the night before. Many factors contribute to speeding, from conflicting priorities to unforeseen events causing delays in a schedule. Simply put speeding happens, so what are the real costs to your fleet and how can they be avoided?

 


 

TICKETS

Tickets represent a one-to-one correlation on the effect between speeding and a fleets efficiency. Speeding fines change from province to province in Canada, similar to the United States. However, all provinces follow a similar structure in that, the faster you go the steeper the increase in fines related to speeding.

 

Minimum fines range from $78-$120 if a driver is traveling anywhere between 1-15 km/h over the speed limit. This number jumps to $140-$239 between 16-30 km/h, increasing at a near exponential rate the faster you travel. Plug N Track’s driver coaching feature reminds drivers when they are about to exceed a set highway travel speed, and real-time alerts can inform fleet managers of speeding or aggressive driving as it happens. Comprehensive historical reporting and analytics is available with just a few clicks so that corrective action can be taken before the fleet incurs unnecessary ticket costs. 

 

 

 

SAFETY

We’ve covered the immediate costs of speeding, tickets and fuel efficiency, both being important to the vigilant fleet manager. But the most important factor is often the least considered, collisions and safety. The average driver has about a 5% chance of being involved in an accident. According to a 2006 study by University of California at Berkley, for every 1% increase in speed a driver's chance of:

 

 

These statistics are shocking, but they aren’t taking into account surrounding traffic. According to the same study driving 10 miles faster than surrounding traffic increases your chances of:

 

FUEL CONSUMPTION

According to Natural Resources Canada, the benefits of speeding are vastly outweighed by the costs, both to the driver and the fleet. Most vehicles whether they are cars, vans, or trucks, operate most fuel efficiently between 50 and 80 km/h, with a significant increase in costs after that “sweet spot”. To convey how much fuel vehicles waste when traveling over speed limits take this into consideration. At 120km/h a vehicle uses ~20% MORE FUEL than a vehicle traveling at 100km/h. On a 20km trip, this would only shave 2 MINUTES. So what do you think? Is it worth it to speed?


Using Plug N Track’s instant replay feature you can track routes taken, speed travel and confirm departure/arrival times. Record driving habits and correct driver behavior to reduce wasteful driving practices.

 

CONCLUSION

Slowing down your fleet saves time, money and most importantly, lives.

 

Plug N Track GPS can help improve driver safety with live tracking, notifications, reporting and analytics. Want to learn how?  Book a FREE demo today!

 

 

 

 

 

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