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How better drivers can boost vehicle MPG

How better drivers can boost vehicle MPG | Articles | Trakm8

The single biggest impact on fuel economy is the driver – far bigger than carrying a heavy payload, having the wrong tyre pressure, or fitting external racking.

“Driver behaviour” is the industry name for the technology that helps fleets to guide employees towards better driving styles. Trakm8 customers report savings of up to 10% on fuel spend after installing our driver behaviour solution. Now smaller businesses can enjoy those same benefits, thanks to Trakm8 Prime.

How it works

Because our self-install vehicle tracker plugs directly into your car or van’s on-board diagnostics port, it can identify events that impact on fuel economy. These include:

  1. Speeding
  2. Idling
  3. Harsh acceleration
  4. Heavy braking
  5. Sharp cornering

For every journey, the vehicle tracking unit logs all of these events, and tallies them up to create a unique score card for the driver. The higher the score, the more fuel-efficient the driver has been.

Using the data

The person responsible for the vehicles – typically the business owner or manager – can view the score cards for all drivers by logging onto our web portal, or using our smart phone app. You can also easily download reports, so you can share the data with your team.

Trakm8 Prime makes it simple to identify which drivers are wasting fuel – and highlights which bad habits in particular are impacting on MPG. You can use this detailed data to address any issues.

Make it fun

Discussing bad driving habits is always going to be a sensitive subject. However, you don’t have to use the data as a punishment tool. Most of our customers find that the best approach is the carrot, rather than the stick. Why not create some healthy competition in your workforce, such as publishing a league table, and rewarding the Driver of the Month with a small prize? By incentivising employees or colleagues to improve their driver scores, you make it fun rather than a telling-off.

It is also worth reminding them that this is also a safety issue – a good driving style helps to minimise the risk of being involved in an accident, and enhances your company’s reputation in the eyes of the public.

Free Trial

Trakm8 Prime is priced from £12.99 or less, per vehicle, per month. Driver behaviour is one of several features, which are all designed to save you time and money.


Want to put our vehicle tracking to the test? Click here to take our no-risk, FREE 30-day trial