General Interest

We’ve all seen it – a car in traffic speeding past, zooming in and out of lanes of traffic passing whoever they can and tailgating drivers who aren’t keeping up to whatever speed limit they seem to be following in their own little world. While some might say this person has road rage, these are in fact behaviours that qualify as aggressive driving. Although not considered road rage, aggressive driving including the behaviours mentioned above can often lead to road rage which is defined as an instance of violence and criminal behavior that stems from a traffic altercation where the sole purpose is to harm other drivers. So what causes people to drive aggressively? And how can we help put an end to the dangerous behaviours that are the cause of countless accidents resulting in injuries and deaths each year?

Research studies have found a number of reasons that could influence a driver to exhibit aggressive behaviours when behind the wheel. One of the most socially intriguing factors they found was the idea of anonymity. In a study completed by the NHSTA and American Psychology Association (APA), found that people were more likely to perform acts of aggression in an environment that masked the identity of the perpetrator, such as driving at night or with tinted windows. Other factors which researchers believe influence aggressive driving behaviours include learning such behaviours from parents, peers, and different forms of media like television and movies. Another study done over the course of 6 years by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered a link between increasing commute times and an increase in incidents of road rage. So how can Geotab telematics help correct aggressive driving in your fleet?

There are a number of telematics-related tools that can support fleet managers in curbing aggressive driving among their staff. These tools include:

– Using Driver Scorecards, which aggregates behavioural data among all your drivers and ranks drivers by how safe they drive by calculating the number of risky maneuvers they make on the roads.

– Gamification, which uses driver scorecards information and incentivizes drivers through safe driver recognition award programs.

– Driver Feedback, which uses driver behaviour data in real-time from devices like Geotab GO TALK to provide in-vehicle audible warnings and feedback to drivers about their behaviour.

– Training and Safety Education, which allows managers to use individual driver behaviour data to personalize driver training and education so each driver can work on specific habits they need to improve on.

It’s also important for fleet managers to recognize and be considerate of employee stress levels, such as time constraints on routes that can cause a driver to speed in fear of being late. A good practice to bring into your fleet’s routine is informing and reminding drivers of relaxation and coping techniques for any drivers who may be more prone to drive aggressively as a result of feeling stressed or angry.

Aggressive driving and road rage are not only negative qualities you don’t want associated with your business, but also are incredibly dangerous to your drivers and others on the roadways. By using the technologies offered by Geotab, and some fairly basic training, you can eliminate aggressive driving from your fleet. To get started using Geotab telematics with your fleet, contact us today.

Full enforcement of the ELD mandate in the U.S. has been in effect since April 1st, 2018, so if you or members of your fleet drive through the United States and haven’t been stopped yet, you should prepare for your first stop with the following information to ensure your drivers are aware of what is expected during the inspection to get them back on the road swiftly.

When a commercial vehicle driver is stopped for a roadside inspection they are required to present their record of duty status for the 7 days prior to the inspection. Geotab Cloud ELD (Geotab Drive) offers three methods to present driving logs to Department of Transportation enforcement officers. These methods are through web services (preferred method of FMCSA), by email, or through the display option presenting the logs off a tablet or phone.

Although your drivers should be trained on how to use the Geotab ELD device prior to hitting the roads, it is also important to know it is mandatory at all times to have instructions on how to use Geotab Drive in the cab for the driver and officer to reference. If in doubt on what the process is, or what is needed during a roadside inspection, drivers can also reference the new workflow called Inspection Mode as part of the Geotab 1802 software/firmware. Inspection Mode will also display a new warning to officers when they attempt to leave Inspection Mode telling them to return the device to the driver. This warning is to help prevent officers from looking at other places within the app that they shouldn’t be on.

Inspection Mode Screenshot

Display Warning when leaving Inspection Mode

Heatmap showing successful Geotab ELD data transfers in the first 90 days of 2018

For additional information on roadside inspections you can watch the video webinars below with Officer Kimberly Hill, Motor Carrier Inspector, Indiana State Police

ELD and Roadside Inspections Part 1 [Video]

ELD and Roadside Inspections Part 2 [Video]

Significant technological advancements have been made in many industries over the last few years, and the construction industry is no exception. Between the modernized processes and equipment becoming more and more technologically advanced, it is no wonder construction companies big and small are looking for the best ways to protect their equipment and keep their projects moving forward and on schedule. For many, the answer can be found in GPS tracking for their vehicles and equipment, allowing for near real-time insight into equipment location, state of operation, and engine diagnostics.

The four main reasons the construction industry should consider GPS tracking for their vehicles and equipment:

– Productivity

– Efficient Use of Equipment

– Proper Maintenance

– Theft

Any setback in a construction project can add up in lost profit very quickly, which is why company owners and project managers do all they can to keep the job site running as efficiently as possible to keep the project on schedule. GPS tracking can help with efficiency and productivity by providing important data showing when vehicles or equipment are being used, how they’re being operated, if there are any mechanical issues which suggest maintenance is required to prevent a breakdown which is a hugely costly setback for any project. Data availability depends on the type of equipment, however, some data which has been collected from some heavy construction equipment previously includes: total amount of fuel used, total amount of fuel used while idling, trip fuel used, engine coolant temperature, engine hours and fault codes. The benefit of having these pieces of data at your fingertips is obvious and a large reason why GPS tracking in the construction industry is on the rise.

Arguably the most important reason for choosing to implement GPS tracking in a construction vehicle and equipment fleet is theft. Security on construction sites is a major concern as equipment is left on the job site day after day, often not guarded overnight, usually in fairly or extremely remote locations, making the various machinery and equipment easy targets for thieves. The problem of theft from construction sites has gotten so bad that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say in the province of Ontario alone $15 million to $20 million of construction equipment is lost each year. The problem gets worse in the United States with the Insurance Crime Bureau and National Equipment Register reporting $300 million to $1 billion in construction and heavy equipment being stolen each year.

The safety and security of workers and equipment on construction sites is no laughing matter, and with the cost of setbacks very clear, any in the industry who have not yet implemented GPS tracking into their vehicles and equipment are risking a lot. If you’re interested in learning more about how GPS to GO can help your construction company with GPS tracking, contact us today!

We at GPS to Go are confident in saying it would be a challenge to find a fleet manager who doesn’t want to know where their vehicles are to ensure the business is being run as efficiently as possible. For instance, if a fleet vehicle breaks down on a roadside, a fleet manager will absolutely want to know the exact location of their vehicle to get a service vehicle there as soon as possible to limit the impact on business. What if we told you that rather than just being able to quickly locate a broken down vehicle’s location, you could actually predict and often prevent mechanical issues which could leave a vehicle out of service? That is the power of engine diagnostics and a large factor in why so many companies choose the Geotab telematics solution. So what can engine diagnostics tell you about your fleet vehicles?

While a non-diagnostic GPS tracking device will tell you the basic GPS location, speed and acceleration of a vehicle and allow for geofence monitoring, an on-board diagnostic (OBD) connected telematics device such as the one offered by Geotab, will give a much wider range of data from the vehicle and engine including the following (if supported by vehicle):

– Actual odometer reading from the engine
– Actual engine hours reading from the engine
– Whether the check engine light is on
– Fault code data for engine faults
– RPM
– Fuel level
– Total fuel used and total fuel used when idling
– Seat belt use
– Coolant temperature
– Ignition detect
– True idling

Having access to this valuable information about your vehicles not only gives peace of mind, but it also allows you to reduce fleet fuel costs by tracking fuel use and finding efficiencies to reduce idling time and unnecessary driving, and gives you the information needed to often detect and respond to any vehicle or driver issues early, before they lead to costly downtime or potential safety issues.

If you’d like to discuss how GPS to Go and the telematics solution from Geotab can help your fleet, contact us today or complete our quote request form and get started with our trial offer!

 

 

Great news for National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) members! Geotab has been awarded a four-year contract by the NJPA for the procurement of Fleet Management and Related Technology Solutions. The contract establishes Geotab as an awarded vendor and offers streamlined purchasing for the over 50,000 NJPA members across the United States with competitive volume pricing. On the topic of the NJPA contract, Geotab’s Strategic Market Development Manager, Jean Pilon-Bignell, said “through this NJPA awarded contract, all local and state government fleets gain access to premium quality secure telematics solutions without having to engage in a lengthy and costly bidding process.”

Geotab’s platform security is designed for end-to-end protection of data, and sets Geotab apart as a leading global provider of innovative telematics technology. Through the over 2 billion points of data collected each day, Geotab provides critical intelligence to enable new and innovative smart-city and state applications to help government agencies improve regional operations surrounding transportation efficiency, citizen safety and environmental sustainability.

If you qualify to purchase the Geotab telematics solution through the NJPA contract, we encourage you to contact us to get started experiencing the benefits Geotab can offer you.