Fleet accident management using your vehicle tracking/telematics

With the Easter holidays looming ahead of us, many people will be hitting the roads for long-haul holiday travel. But as we gear down for a relaxing break it’s important to remember that, in terms of road safety, there is never a time to let your guard down. A recent article on the Arrive Alive website highlighted how telematics and vehicle tracking tools can help you be a safer driver and prevent accidents, or, in the unfortunate incident that you are in an accident, help you with accident management.

So what exactly is telematics?

Telematics includes GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cellphones, emergency warning systems and automatic driving assistance systems. It involves the information sent and received by telecommunication devices, and the information for controlling vehicles on the move. In terms of fleet accident management, information such as the time and speed are shown in a report on a device, which is a little like the black box of an airplane. This device can also record the engine’s revs per minute (RPM), harsh breaking, distance travelled and even unauthorised stops.

The vehicle tracking unit

The vehicle tracking unit transmits information from the vehicle where it is attached. This includes GPS position, vehicle status, speed etc. It also records on/off status and connection to the GPS antenna so you know when and where the vehicle has stopped. In plain English, it is like the combination of a GPS system in terms of describing location, a cellular phone’s communication capabilities, and a vehicle information system found in a formula one racing car or long distance truck.

Here’s how this translates to road safety

There are many advantages to using telematics, such as a decrease in fuel bills, repair costs, and insurance premiums. You will also be able to make more informed decisions on how best to train drivers. In terms of increasing road safety the benefits are clear – well trained drivers take fewer risks and rest often to reduce fatigue. As a result drivers are less likely to be in an accident, but if they are, telematics are hugely beneficial in fleet accident management because it records details and can unpack evidence around an accident.

Advantages for the passenger vehicle industry

The advantages for insurance purposes are clear - showing information on how the driver behaved and the vehicle performed. This will lead to improved road safety and less accidents on the road.

Telematics can help you reduce drivers’ chances of being involved in an accident or, if someone in your fleet is involved in accident, they will help with fleet accident management, assessing and reporting information effectively. Avis Fleet, through their Fleet Accident Management solution, can handle all the paperwork and help you manage your vehicle claim, sourcing the best repair value for your vehicle and assisting you in getting the vehicle back on the road in the quickest manner possible.

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