The importance of internal diagnostics: being able to view driver behaviours to support drivers better
Retrieving usage information about your vehicles (light utility vehicles, machinery, etc.) enables you to spot potentially risky use and to identify areas for improvement for smoother driving. Using an eco-driving device such as the telematics module integrated into our Ocean solution means that various useful items of data can be fed back:
- consumption data: distances travelled, journey details, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions;
- data on behaviour: acceleration, braking, sharp turns;
- mechanical data: engine state, tyre wear and pressure, etc.
Analysing these consolidated data highlights risk factors for each driver and helps you to identify where to take action to develop eco-driving.
Vehicle maintenance: prevention is better than cure
Proper preparation and regular maintenance of your vehicles is an essential component of eco-driving. Managing the maintenance of your vehicle fleet can improve the safety of your drivers and cut maintenance and repair costs. This is the third largest item of expenditure in a fleet management budget and one of the most opaque costs in TCO.
Whether it is performed by your company or outsourced, vehicle maintenance can be anticipated and planned with the service providers involved. Establishing a maintenance and servicing schedule enables you to be proactive about prevention, and identify and repair problems before they get worse.
Providing your employees with well-maintained vehicles is the first step towards raising their awareness of looking after the vehicles themselves.
Including eco-driving in the Car Policy
The Car Policy is an effective tool for giving drivers key information and documents concerning their company vehicles.
It is used as a reference point for everything related to the vehicles’ operation: driver obligations, usage and maintenance rules, procedures in the event of damage or accidents. It acts as a documentation centre that is directly accessible by drivers on their mobile devices, and the perfect communications channel for informing them of eco-driving best practices.
For example, the Car Policy included in the Ocean solution has various different modules (Documentation, Vehicle Record, Contacts, FAQ) so that employees on the road or drivers of machinery can access the code of conduct and the company’s environmental policy.
Training and continuous information for drivers
Courses and training on eco-driving are a must, to be continued over time
As explained above, offering employees courses or training in eco-driving has proved to be highly effective. Eco-driving does not come naturally, and the only way to learn how to do it is to devote specific time to it.
Training is generally based on theory (challenges of eco-driving, solutions and best practices) and practical application in a driving situation.
To build on this learning, it is important to keep training.
Personalised awareness training at the wheel
Connected eco-driving devices can enhance the benefits of training. The partnership established between ECF and Ocean enables the monitoring of initial training directly on the ground.
- display of the data associated with driver behaviour on the road (e.g. sharp turns or sudden braking) enables drivers to identify areas for improvement (in urban areas, out of town, etc.).
- They can check in real time that they are applying the best practices explained during the training.
The information provided by your connected equipment can also support discussions on the driving performance of your employees during appraisals and enable eco-driving to be included in their professional targets.
Motivating drivers through collective action
Initiatives that raise awareness within a company can also motivate employees on eco-driving, for example:
- external events: occupational road safety days, sustainable development week, Earth Day, etc.;
- regular events for employees: internal seminars, induction days for new employees, company newsletters, etc.
Eco-driving challenges can also be a logical follow-up to training. Inter-company competitions, such as the C-CUBE challenge for the Climate, aim to foster a collective dynamic among drivers of company vehicles. Telematics can be used to support these competitions.