The term Hypermiling is the art of driving economically and exceeding vehicle manufacturers stated efficiency by modifying driving habits and techniques. This can be a great way to save on fuel costs, there are lots of tips and tricks to hyper mile from coasting to dragging behind other vehicles, which most we would brand us unsafe, these are our top tips to on how to safely hypermile.
- To maximise your fuel efficiency, we would recommend trying to change up a gear before you reach 2,000 in a diesel car, and 2,500 revs in a petrol car. Changing gears like this can help you achieve fuel savings and the most efficient speed you can travel in a car in terms of achieving the best fuel economy is 55-65mph.anything above this though, and the fuel efficiency suffers greatly. For example, driving at 85mph uses 40% more fuel than at 70mph
- Try to anticipate the road ahead as much as you can, (we don’t mean like a Jedi knight) but by driving as smoothly as possible and avoiding harsh breaking or accelerating rapidly, you will save fuel and reduce maintenance costs.
- Car heaters don’t in general, use up much fuel, as it’s a common misconception that they use lots of fuel. At speeds less than 40mph, opening the window slightly won’t really affect fuel use either but having it open after this does reduce you vehicles streamlining. The worst culprit is air conditioners; this not only saps power from the engine but also uses up a considerable amount of fuel in all weathers.
- A modern car won’t reach is most economical state until approximately its travelled 5 miles, this means that having short journey are more taxing than long journeys in general but also having the engine “warm up” before starting a journey is effectively just wasting fuel as is revving the engine in an idling state.
- Remove roof racks and boxes when not in use as they cause considerable drag, by making your vehicle less aerodynamic.
- Strip any excessive weight from your car, even fuel, yes even fuel! The more weight that a car has the harder the engine has to work to move it, this is why in many performance car races they fill it to the needed level not to the top as they can drive faster and use less fuel as they weigh less.
- Don’t slip into neutral when travelling in the belief you are saving fuel. First of all it’s safer to keep a car in gear whilst moving in case you need to accelerate out of danger and if you choose the correct gear for your speed instead of slipping into neutral as most modern fuel-injected cars consume proportionately more fuel when in neutral as they perceive the car to be idling.
- Plan ahead to avoid travelling during the most congested periods of traffic. Stop-start driving is among the most fuel intensive forms of car travel. If you are motionless for any longer than 10 seconds, it is more fuel efficient to switch the engine off than to idle, this is where stop start engines are becoming increasingly effective.
- Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption, so check their pressure regularly, but don’t over inflate as this increase the risk of blowouts.
Ok this is probably the most important you’ll read about GPS tracking
Now that you’ve decided to introduce GPS tracking, it’s probably important to get your team on board too! One of the perks of working in a company like ours and yours is having access to a company vehicle, a perk most of the working country doesn’t get.
By using the Plant-i GPS tracking platform, we can assist in making sure you are getting the most out of the companies vehicles whether it being a ford transit or an Aston Martin DB9
Our software helps highlight the good and bad habits of your drivers helping you keep more of that hard earned capital in the business, the best drivers will adapt to the system with open arms which can help sway “the others” into performing better once they have a tangible target to strive towards it.
The cost of safety
The GPS tracking system form Plant-i not only lets you keep an eye on a vehicles maintenance and keep track of your drivers behaviour but in a worst case scenario an alert you if there has been a collision you have an accurate account of what happened before, so you can show see who was really to blame, but also if a vehicle is stolen, our recovery rate is one of the highest in the UK at 99% and with recoveries been organized at a phenomenal speed it can result in lower/no costs on damages and insurance as a reward for providing proactive safety and security measures.
GPS Tracking as a customer service tool is indispensable, with accurate GPS data customers no longer have the chance to put forward false complaints of missed deliveries or overcharges, you can back your employees, boosting the workforce morale but also attend to customer needs quicker. Happy all round then.
GPS tracking can provide a plethora of benefits that help you increase revenue. These include reduced fuel costs, better operational productivity and possible lower insurance costs.
All these saving combined can help you re-distribute this capital investing more in newer technologies and processes thus furthering your savings.
What about in your next sales pitch you include that you use telematics giving you better control over situations, you can bet your competitors will be so should you.
Speed limits in the UK vary according to the type of vehicle and type of road driven.
This is why Plant-i have introduced a vehicle configuration tool which auto adjusts your report data based on the speed limits for that particular vehicle type.
Driving just a few miles over the posted limit does make a difference, and could mean the difference between life and death. At 35 mph you are twice as likely to kill a pedestrian as you are at 30 mph (RoSPA – Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents).
You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum – it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.
A speed limit of 30 miles per hour (mph) or 48 kilometres per hour (km/h) usually applies, unless you see signs showing otherwise.
National speed limits
|Type of vehicle||Built-up areasmph(km/h)||Single carriagewaysmph (km/h)||Dual carriagewaysmph (km/h)||Motorwaysmph(km/h)|
|Cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles||30 (48)||60 (96)||70 (112)||70 (112)|
|Cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles when towing caravans or trailers||30 (48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||60 (96)|
|Motorhomes or motor caravans (not more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight)||30 (48)||60 (96)||70 (112)||70 (112)|
|Motorhomes or motor caravans (more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight)||30 (48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||70 (112)|
|Buses, coaches and minibuses (not more than 12 metres overall length)||30 (48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||70 (112)|
|Buses, coaches and minibuses (more than 12 metres overall length)||30 (48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||60 (96)|
|Goods vehicles (not more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)||30 (48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||70 (112)
60 (96) if articulated or towing a trailer
|Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) in England and Wales||30 (48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||60 (96)|
|Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) in Scotland||30 (48)||40 (64)||50 (80)||60 (96)|
Data taken from the DVLA Website – https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits
Remember, if there is street lighting then you are likely to be in a 30 mph limit. Where there is street lighting but the limit is higher than 30 mph there will be repeater signs giving the limit for that stretch of road.
Plant i have now added Executive reports to highlight speed offences over road, so if your staff are driving past a school at 45mph you will know. We have also added time in speed bands and driver scoring that takes into account Harsh breaking, Harsh acceleration, Over revving and speeding in different speed limit zones.
Want to know more about how we can not only make the road a safer place, but how we can increase the MPG of your fleet.
Whilst many companies are feeling the pinch when it comes to their Fleet Insurance, Insurers are now turning to the experience of Telematic Solutions Providers to help them help their customers
Plant-i has deployed many Insurance focussed solutions over recent months aimed at the early detection of incidents using a process known as FNOL Alerting (First Notification of Loss) and Driver Scoring to ensure that vehicles are driven to a high standard whilst out on the roads. Sam Browne Plant-i’s MD says “ The improved standards of driving we see from Insurance monitored fleets not only reduces premiums it saves money on fuel, maintenance and prolongs the viable life of any vehicle” Whilst the Insurance companies interests are unobtrusive within the process, leading Insurance bodies are hailing the technology as a major breakthrough with claims down by over 20% and the value of claims down by 30%.
For more information on how you can reduce premiums look under our product page under “risk management” or get in touch
Research shows that Fuel consumption can be reduce by over 20 percent using Telematics
We have introduced CPC / SAFED Driver Training as an option with our award winning HGV Check+ Telematics Solution.
Sam Browne said “By using fully qualified HGV Driving Instructors alongside Plant-i’s HGVCheck+ Telematics CANbus Solution, we are able to clearly demonstrate just how much less fuel a vehicle will use when driven efficiently, thus creating a measured benchmark for the driver to achieve on a permanent basis”
Recent projects in Wales have shown astonishing improvements in fuel economy, with some drivers reducing fuel usage by over 20 percent, saving the fleet money.
Plant-i HGV Instructor Jim said “One of the key issues is that many drivers do not know how to drive their vehicle the way it is intended to be driven, vehicles today are not the same as they were 15-20 years ago and need to be driven according to type and role. The issues are highlighted by HGVCheck+ telematics but often the resources to correct the problems are not available in house”
When technology and management are combined correctly you really can measure, manage and maintain optimum efficiency and therefore reduce fuel usage and increase profitability.
The Brains and Cogs behind GPS
The Global Positioning System (GPS) consists of 27 satellites that transmit signals to GPS receiver’s world wide
By accurately measuring the time in which a signal is relayed from a receiver to a satellite, the distance from a satellite and the GPS device.
By doing this with this with 3 or 4 satellites, in different orbits the location, direction; speed of the GPS device can be identified.
This Location Data is useful when a fleet operator has all their vehicles displayed live on a screen or the data is sent in the form of reports.
ACTIVE VS PASSIVE TRACKING
Active: the data from the GPS receiver is transmitted over seconds to a user at regular intervals. This gives you real-time location information.
Passive: all the GPS tracking data is stored and must be downloaded to get the data off of the device.
Real time tracking is by far the most popular choice as it allows the user to see where their assets are in real time giving them many more benefits in the field so they can make informed decisions.
To show or not to show?
Some trackers are able to be discreetly installed in a vehicle so the only the installer and operator know that the vehicle has been installed with a tracking device the plus side to this is that the operator has a better picture of how his/her drivers operate on a day to day basis and its harder for thieves to detect.
Another option is to display the tracking device in the open for all to see, this lets the drivers know that they are being kept in check and can act as a deterrent for potential thieves.
Either way we can offer some tips on how to accept tracking with your team.
Where GPS can be used in Fleet tracking
Construction/Landscaping, Plumbers/Electricians, Wholesaler/Supplier/Distributors, Emergency Services, Transportation, Roofing/Garage Installation, Taxi Cabs, Ambulances, Buses, Boats, Trains, Lawn Mowers, Heavy Equipment, Mobile Medical Units, Street sweepers, HGV, Plant Machinery, Trailers, Vans, Cars, Semis, Forklifts, Cranes, Tractors, Harvesters, Lorries, Campervans, Motor bikes, Quad bikes the list goes on.
They All can experience the same benefits:
Overtime Reduction, Improved Customer Service, Timesheet Verification, Increased Productivity, Fuel Reduction, Vehicle Mileage Reduction and increased security.
with literally hundreds on configurations and tracking possibilities its sometimes best to have an informal conversation with us, so that we can let you know what may be useful for you and so that you are not buying a solution that’s not catered to your industry like any off the shelf tracking providers.
Our tracking platform provides the data securely over the Internet. As long as you know the login and password, you can access your system from computer or Smartphone. This is accessible day and night and no matter where you are located in the world.
What is GPS fleet tracking?
GPS fleet tracking is a way to monitor and track vehicles; normally a GPS device is installed in each vehicle to track the vehicles exact location in real time.
The devices can also monitor other information relating to the vehicle including speed, engine start up and shut down, impact detection and mileage completed.
The information from each and every vehicle is then transmitted to a remote user.
Depending on the GPS tracking platform used, remote users can view maps with vehicle locations, access specific reports on vehicles or set security parameters.
Fleet operators can use GPS fleet tracking to improve overall performance of a fleet by monitoring unwanted driver behavior, reducing fuel consumption, preventing thefts and provide other improvements.
Many operators can save by using the system effectively and out way the initial cost very quickly
GPS tracking is gaining traction in many industry from protecting 1/2 million pound plant machinery to lowering insurance premiums, we understand this at Plant-i and have developed many unique and bespoke solutions in order to cater for clients from temperature reports to knowing when a vehicle has a flat battery, giving you the operator the ability to make informed management level decisions to drive productivity.
Reducing breakdowns with GPS Tracking
Hang on one sec you might be thinking, how can GPS tracker prevent my vehicle from breaking down?
At Plant-i we know (from experience) break downs cost, but it costs much more than just a repair bill. You have to take into account lost vehicle time, lost driver hours, upset customers, overtime pay needed to compensate for the broken down vehicle, plus extras.
How to reduce the risk
one proven way to reduce the risk of a vehicle breaking down is to make sure that a vehicle is serviced and maintained, but we know this is no easy feat with some fleets being 300+ strong it’s likely services will get missed as it can be a operation nightmare to organize and keep on top of.
However what if you could have your GPS tracking device remind you of when a vehicle needs a service?
The Plant-i telematics can send alerts when a vehicle is due for a service based on calender time, engine hour’s on-time, or mileage depending on what is best suited for that vehicle ensuring that services are kept in order, improving the reliability of the fleet.
In the event a breakdown, live GPS tracking can help decrease the time spent recovering the vehicle, by knowing exactly where the vehicle is, this information can be shared with the relevant party and if using the app a colleague can even get sat nav directions to the broken down vehicle.
So with all this included in the Plant-i telematics system can effectively maintain your fleets vehicles, making it more reliable, improving productively and even improving the resale value of a vehicle whilst avoiding hefty repair bills.
One new feature we can also include is with the scrapping of the paper tax disc we can now set reminder for each vehicle, notifying you when the tax is due to be renewed.
So what is telematics?
“The branch of information technology which deals with the long-distance transmission of computerized information as defined by Google”
Telematics combines the use of information and communication to give users accurate usable data that is that can be used in many different scenarios. The data is often transmitted using GSM, GPRS and 3G data, the same technology that is used in mobile phones.
How do telematics and GPS work together?
Under the term “telematics” includes the integration of GPS technology and computers and mobile devices.
Telematics has realistically become the known word for the integration of GPS and information in the vehicle industry across all sectors
The perks of vehicle telematics
Using telematics gives the user an extensive array of useful data; including vehicle location, the driver’s behavior, and current speed even show all your fleet on one map in real time. You’ll know when a vehicle is this information gives you a perfect overview of what your fleet is doing in real time allowing you to make crucial decisions when they arise.
Some of the perks a user may benefit for also include.
Fleet and asset security, Better time management of staff, Reduce and control fuel costs, improved workforce productivity, reduced paperwork, customer service improvements, monitoring of CO2 emissions.
Plant-i provides the information securely over the Internet. As long as you know the login and password, you can access your system whether you are at the office of in the middle of a construction site on your Smartphone.
Why choose fleet tracking?
Do you remember when you were learning to drive, and how correctly you did every maneuver to ensure you passed your test and if you didn’t you were told off?
What if there was a way for you to be the driver instructor in every single vehicle in your business.
well using a GPS tracking device is just like that, it lets your drivers that you are in the car with them at all times but also with the added security that once they have finished driving you are keeping a watchful eye on the vehicle while its unattended.
Plant-i have developed a solution to prevent excessive speeding in vans are cars tracked with our Hardware.
With guidance from the customer we can configure a top speed that they allow their drivers to reach before alerting them with an in cab alarm.
Paired with our intelligent driver scoring system this allows fleet managers to clamp down on erratic driving.
Not only does this dramatically increase MPG it saves on wear and tear of the vehicles and more importantly highlights drivers who are at higher risk of being involved in a collision.
Plant i have a range of fleet and risk management features that can bring huge benefits to any fleet.
Don’t take our word for it, get in touch and we’ll put you in touch with a customer in your industry.
All tracker software written in house and can be customized to suit your needs.
Get it touch and find out how we can stop drivers speeding in your vehicles.
Our new Driver Feedback module is a visual aid which gives drivers an instant notification of any erratic driving.
By alerting the driver of any harsh acceleration, braking and over speeding we would expect to reduce accidents by over 60%.
Not only will we make the road a safer place but we would anticipate a massive reduction in fuel costs.
Get in touch to see if our driver feedback module or any other of our products can help your fleet.
With Christmas just around the corner we’d like to make people aware of the increase in vehicle theft over the Christmas Shutdown.
Over the past 10 years we have seen a pattern in Vehicle/Plant thefts, The majority of the theft happens of the Christmas Period when vehicles are left unattended
We’d like to remind you to use your Geo Fence function to ensure your assets are on absolute lockdown, If you have our plant secure product with remote Immobilization it might be a good time to start enabling the “i-Stop” Function.
If you’re unsure how to enable these functions, get in touch with our support team and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process.
Don’t let someone put a downer on your Christmas Holidays.