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Fleet Challenges Telematics Can Fix

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Fleets are used in diverse industries to fulfil various demands and purposes. This means that each fleet has unique safety and efficiency fleet challenges. However, many of these challenges can be addressed by telematics, yet few fleets have implemented this technology.

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Here are four fleet challenges telematics can fix:

1. Safe Driving– Safe driving is high on the list of fleet challenges. With telematics, managers can not only continuously monitor driving behaviors through automatic alerts but collect data that can be used for future safe driving discussions. Telematics has been proven effective in improving driver safety on the road.

2. Fuel Economy – Driving behaviors, such as speeding and off-route driving, can lead to wasted fuel, creating various fleet challenges. Telematics help reduce or eliminate those behaviors, leading to better fuel economy and lower fuel costs. 

3. Asset Management – Other than the vehicle itself, fleets tend to have expensive equipment on board. Telematics can help track the real-time location of assets. It can also be used to review which assets are underutilized. Accurate asset tracking and management is a critical way that telematics help fleets save money.

4. Vehicle Maintenance – Most fleets perform maintenance when something breaks. Telematics proactivity alerts fleets when there’s an emerging engine issue that needs to be addressed, eliminating possible fleet challenges. Fleets can then schedule repairs during off hours to keep vehicles on the road. 

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According to Automotive Fleet, smaller fleets reported an up to five-times return on investment, from crash reduction and better asset tracking. Larger fleets accrue more benefit from fuel economy improvements and better vehicle maintenance. However, all benefits from safer driving.

Impac offers innovative GPS systems that provide tracking and managing solutions of critical mobile resources, such as vehicles, movable assets and employees in the field. Reliable and easy-to-use, telematics data collected from these systems can increase business efficiencies and cut costs.

To learn more about our systems, contact Impac today. 

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How Fleets Are Reducing Fuel Spend

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With fuel prices on the rise, it is important for fleets to find ways to reduce fuel spend within their business. In the fleet industry, effective vehicle selection, driver behavior and modern technology are major components that can impact fuel spend.

How Fleets Are Reducing Fuel Spend

Vehicle Selection 

Considering the vehicle types that a fleet incorporates into its overall operations has major impacts on fuel spend. For example, a fleet utilizing smaller vehicles may spend less on fuel as a result of mpg differences. Therefore, fuel costs rely heavily upon identifying the vehicles that are best suited for an organization’s needs and those that provide better fuel economy. 

Driver Behavior

Driver behaviors can have a significant impact on a fleet’s fuel spend, including ineffective routing, excessive idling, aggressive driving and fraudulent activity. Due to these things, many fleet managers are reviewing and altering fleet policies. Improving driver safety through company-wide programs may also have a positive effect on reducing fuel costs.

Modern Technology

How Fleets Are Reducing Fuel Spend

Telematics and fleet fuel cards have become the most effective tools to reduce fuel costs within a fleet. Fleet fuel cards provide a more detailed analysis of employee payments, while telematics provides helpful reports of driver behaviors. With a high level of technology available, a fuel management strategy should be put in place to reduce fuel spend.

In addition to these methods of reducing amounts spent on fuel, other techniques include implementing low-resistance tires, active grill shutters, smaller engines. and light weighting of frames and parts. 

Impac offers both telematics/GPS solutions and fleet fuel card programs aimed to reduce a business’ fuel costs. To modernize your fleet, contact Impac today.

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Mitigating Fleet Risk: How to Set Fuel Card Limits

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Setting fuel card limits can increase business productivity and help mitigate fleet risk. The automotive fleet industry benefits from implementing company regulations on driver purchases. Below are steps to choosing and setting up fuel card limits to best fit a company’s needs.

Determine How to Assign the Fuel Cards

A company can either assign the fleet card to an individual driver or to a vehicle. If employees drive different vehicles each day or a company has high turnover rates, it might be best to assign fuel cards to a vehicle. To do this effectively, the company should assign each employee a unique pin number usable on every company card. This identifies what driver fueled the vehicle registered to the card.

If an employee drives the same vehicle daily, it is best to assign the fuel card to the driver. Assigning the fuel card to a driver allows management to easily monitor spending habits of employees.

Setting Up Fuel Card Controls

Making sure a fuel card has limits set in place keeps drivers from making unnecessary purchases and expenditures. A company can enforce limits to restrict suspicious activity but still allow drivers to travel efficiently.

First, ensure the fuel card is only able to purchase fuel. This keeps employees from purchasing convenience store items with company money. 

Other basic fueling controls include gallon or dollar limits per transaction, time of day or day of week, limits number of transactions per day and fuel type. Controls should reflect the needs of a company, giving management to impose stricter or relaxed limits based on employee spending habits.

It is important to note the controls are tied to the driver, regardless of if the card is attached to the driver or vehicle. Management is responsible for enrolling all drivers in the program with correct controls to mitigate risk.  

Get Access to Purchase Information

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Purchase alerts allow a company to stay updated with a driver’s spending. These alerts send notifications if a driver attempts to make an unauthorized purchase. For example, if a driver tries to purchase more gallons than assigned, Impac’s customer service team notifies management with text and email alerts.

Being able to monitor all purchases online is also crucial. This allows a company to check spending in real time, taking action to increase productivity and cut unnecessary costs. 

The Bottom Line

Fuels cards are an easy and effective way to mitigate risks associated with money. At Impac, our comprehensive fuel card program offers customizable limits for fleet companies and notifies managers of unauthorized behavior. Impac’s customer service team helps determine ideal limits of individual companies and customizes restrictions based on need. 

In the next article of our series, “How to Run an Efficient Customer Service Department”, you can discover how to implement strategies within the customer service department to increase efficiency. 

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5 Ways to Minimize Distracted Driving

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately nine people die each day as a result of distracted driving.

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As safety is an ongoing effort within the fleet industry for both large trucks and small, it is important for fleet managers to have their drivers practice safe driving.

Here are five ways to help fleet drivers eliminate unnecessary driver distractions:

1. Don’t Multi-Task. When on the road, many drivers can be tempted to do other things and multi-task. However, drivers should only be focused on the road to avoid an accident.

2. Don’t Eat. Eating or drinking while driving can be a huge distraction. Therefore, drivers should eat before or after their trips on the road. If necessary, they can pull to the side of the road to eat in a safe place.

3. No Phones. If a driver must make a phone call, they should pull over to make the call. Although hand-free talking is available within many vehicles, it can still result in an accident. In addition, drivers should never text. To accomplish this, keep all electronics out of reach.

4. Get Organized. Driving with unnecessary clutter all over a vehicle can result in distracted driving. Drivers should organize all paperwork, baggage and gear prior to heading out on the road.  

5. Adjust Before. To avoid distracted driving, drivers should set GPS systems, climate control, mirrors and seats before getting on the road.

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With safety in mind, Impac offers reliable fleet fuel card programs and innovative GPS tracking and reporting systems. With access to specialized telematics data provided by these technologies, driver behavior can be properly reported, monitored and handled accordingly.

To take a step towards reduced distracted driving within your fleet, contact Impac.

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The Effects of Late Implementation of Fleet Fuel Cards

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It is no secret that fleet fuel cards have transformed the fleet industry in many ways. However, to this day, a number of fleet companies fail to implement the technology that is available on the market–like fleet fuel cards and others. 

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Fleet owners do not realize the negative effects that late implementation of fleet fuel cards can have on their business.

If a company is late to the connected-vehicle game, here are three downfalls of late adoption that may persuade a switch:

#1: Wasted Fuel. Fleet companies constantly strive to lower overall fuel costs within their operation. Whether a manager has tried economically-powered vehicles, optimized routes and a strict drier policy, an electronic record is key to accurately track and determine fuel spending. 

Fleet fuel cards provide detailed reports, analyses and real-time alerts when unauthorized behavior may be a possibility. 

#2: Insurance Claims and Rates. When fleet drivers are involved in an accident due to a behavior such as distracted driving, there may be a long-term cost. 

With fleet fuel cards, fleet managers can carefully monitor driver behavior–including speeding and rapid acceleration. This data provided by the cards can help fleet managers reduce the risk of future accidents. 

#3: Maintenance Lag. Proper maintenance is an important component of achieving productive fleet management. With that being said, poorly maintained fleet trucks can drain fleet budgets.

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Fleet fuel cards can help keep all trucks up-to-date through a strict maintenance schedule and alerting fleet managers when diagnostic trouble arise. These cards can also produce comprehensive analyses to eliminate overuse.

Impac offers a fleet fuel card program that are tailored to the unique accounting needs of each fleet company within the industry.

At Impac, our flexible point of sale prompting, card level exception reporting, purchase control parameters and innovative reporting products allow fleet managers to manage their fuel programs with ease.

Contact us today to get started.

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

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All fleet industry professionals know that telematics defines the future of all forms of transportation, including their fleets.  

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

If a fleet company has not yet implemented telematics into their daily operations and their current fleet management system isn’t positivity transforming business, they may want to reconsider. 

Here are a few signs that it may be time to switch to telematics solutions:

#1 Lack of integration. To optimize an operation’s integration efforts to be both efficient and competitive, there needs to be a cohesive element of all aspects of daily operations. The right telematics system will integrate seamlessly with existing fleet software and other productive solutions–allowing a business to achieve growth and success.

#2 Limited scalability. If a fleet business is not noticing continuous business growth, it may be time to implement a new data system. This solution will help address current business problems while promoting growth within the industry. To remain competitive in today’s market, fleets of every size can benefit from utilizing the features and options that telematics has to offer. 

Telematics Solutions: When is it Time to Make the Switch?

Choosing a new, innovative fleet solution may be the next step towards success as a digitally involved and competitive operation. These solutions can increase efficiency, productivity and market reputation while cutting costs.

Impac offers a comprehensive fleet fuel card program and GPS tracking and reporting system–creating a true turnkey solution for all types of fleets within the industry. 

When you’re ready to make the switch, choose Impac. Contact our professionals today! 

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Safe, Distraction-Free Entertainment for Fleet Drivers on the Road

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For fleet drivers riding solo when traveling, boredom can become a minor setback–eventually leading to drowsiness. 

Because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests fatigue to be the cause of over 20,000 fleet accidents per year, it is important for fleet drivers to find safe and distraction-free methods to stay entertained and focused while on the road.

Apps

Smartphones provide limitless entertainment opportunities for drivers on the road, like Pandora or Spotify to listen to music. In addition, Voice Text Pro can be used to safety drive and text or write novels, and audio book apps can help drivers stay occupied while driving. 

Collecting

Fleet drivers sometimes travel vast distances. When stopping to refuel or grab a bite to eat, pick up a small souvenir from each new location to remember each destination when traveling. 

Exercise

According to the National Institute of Health, more than half of fleet drivers are obese. In order for drivers to maintain a healthy weight, staying active is important. Every time a driver stops for fuel or decides to pull over at a rest stop, hike a simple trail and conduct leg stretches to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Reflection

Many fleet drivers enjoy utilizing the solitude of driving for a time of self-reflection. Not only can drivers have ample time to reflect on their life, but it’s a great method to keep their minds occupied and help pass time. 

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There are many ways for drivers to stay entertained on the road while remaining distraction-free. To help fleet managers ensure their drivers are performing safe, compliant behavior, Impac offers a comprehensive fleet fuel card program and a robust GPS tracking and reporting system–aimed to optimize all fleet operations.

To learn more about how our systems can provide improved safety to your fleet, contact Impac today.

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Are Fleet Fuel Cards Worth It?

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Are fleet fuel cards worth it?

Within the fleet industry, each fleet company is unique in business efficiencies and operations. However, many are alike in the fact that the significant question at-hand is pondered at least a few times throughout the duration of business practices.  

Both fleet fuel cards and bank-issued credit cards offer fleet managers the ability to track and set controls on their fuel expenses. But the similarities cease there.

Although tried and true, bank-issued credit cards do not offer the ability for fleet managers to distinguish an itemized list of purchased products from a location–allowing fleet drivers to abuse or misuse their cards for unauthorized purchases. 

To avoid this, fleet managers could set their purchase controls to “island reader only”, which shuts out stations that do not offer pay-at-the-pump service. However, this results in a set of new problems and excludes drivers from making acceptable purchases. 

On the other hand, fleet fuel cards provide a more in-depth range of transaction data, greater flexibility, and tighter controls than bank-issued credit cards. 

These cards allow fleet managers to customize card controls on dollar-spend at the transaction level, including limits on daily and weekly dollar amount limits, fuel quantity, and time frame of purchase. 

Fleet fuel cards provide instant alerts of suspicious behavior and easy-to-read reports for managers to wish to review their business expenses in full and take immediate action.

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 These cards are fuel specific, while bank-issued credit cards open up the fleet to any merchandise that may be available at a certain retail channel.A

Impac offers the most comprehensive tracking and reporting system in the industry through an innovative fleet fuel card program. Our flexible point of sale prompting, card level exception reporting, purchase control parameters and innovative reporting products allow fleet managers to manage their fuel programs with ease.

If you’re still unsure if fleet fuel cards are worth it for your fleet business, contact Impac today to speak with a professional. A