5 reasons you need on board computers in your trucks
You know the technology is out there! Why aren’t you using on board computers in your trucks?
Research by American Shipper, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) shows transportation spending increased in 2012 and is continuing to rise.
Despite this, numbers have still not recovered from the fall in 2009. For these reasons, you need to be familiar with new equipment. An important trend to follow is keeping on board computers or smartphone technology in your trucks.
Consider the following five reasons that you need on board computers:
- SAVING TIME SAVES YOU MONEY
If your truck isn’t full and running, you’re not making money. In the past, drivers needed to pull off the road to call dispatchers for information. Satellite-linked communication devices can safely send and receive messages or download accurate directions with current information about potential delays without losing driving time. Additionally, in accordance with the U.S. DOT FMCSA regulation § 395.15, data collected from an on board computer device is acceptable for the mandatory driving logs. Tracking driver overtime can also be done from these on board computers.
- PREVENTS UNNECESSARY WEAR ON THE TRUCKS
On board computers for trucks are capable of sending far more than text messages and directions. The sensors, databuses and other devices in the truck communicate with the computer so the office is constantly kept updated on the vehicle’s destination, speed, engine rpm, and diagnostic trouble codes. They are even able to monitor tire pressure or seatbelt use. Predicting and preventing catastrophic vehicle problems avoids unnecessary expenses for your company.
- SAVE MONEY BY USING LESS FUEL & REDUCING ACCIDENTS
Truck drivers traditionally drove as quickly as possible. Monitoring the trucks’ speed and enforcing mandatory speed limits for drivers can reduce the fuel expenses substantially. In addition to saving money, following local speed laws prevents avoidable accidents. By proactively tracking driving practices, you are more easily able to determine who is driving efficiently and eliminate the unsafe drivers from your fleet.
- HELPS DRIVERS STAY SAFE
Advocates for tougher distracted driving laws will bring up concerns about the safety of OBC. Obviously, safety is the paramount concern for any equipment in the trucks. This means that the drivers need to be instructed in their safe and appropriate use. There are also ways to minimize driver distraction, such as on board computers that are disabled while the truck is in motion, screen blanking features or text to speech options. Ultimately, with these safety features, having on board computers for trucks to monitor speed, reduce distraction and minimize delays will make their driving more safe, not less.
- FINDING AND KEEPING SATISFIED CLIENTS
According to the American Shipper, price is still the top consideration, performing on time is a clear second priority. Currently, only 42% of the top surveyed companies work with manual systems, making on board computers for trucks a higher priority for keeping up with current technological standards.
Drivers may express concerns about their autonomy, but increased safety and convenience should motivate drivers to learn to use new equipment. Paying to install on board computers for trucks can be very expensive. If you are unsure about whether your company is ready to invest in on board computers, contact TMG for an objective review of your options.