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Q. I’ve been using our telematics solution mainly to monitor driver behavior. Is there a way I can also use it to control costs?

A. Absolutely. In fact, telematics first proved its financial value for fleets when it was discovered that fleet managers could monitor vehicle idling—a significant way drivers were wasting fuel and money.

Additionally, telematics can be a crucial component in your preventive maintenance program—particularly in terms of alerting and scheduling needed service. Keeping up on recommended service will help minimize direct maintenance costs, which continue to rise, and, more importantly, help limit unproductive downtime of both the vehicle and the driver.

Since you’re monitoring driver behavior, you’re already using your telematics solution to help curb costs. Aggressive and risky driving behavior can cost the fleet directly in wasted fuel and excessive wear and tear on their vehicles. By working to minimize risk, you’re helping to avoid downtime and potential liability payments due to a collision.

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Answered by : Sherry Calkins

Associate Vice President, Strategic Partners

Sherry Calkins has been involved in the Fleet and Automotive industry for the last 21 years, working both nationally and globally. The first 10 years of her career began as a Fleet Administrator working in both government and corporate fleets, overseeing the entire fleet operations, ranging from acquisition, leasing, remarketing, maintenance facility's, fueling, alternative fuels, safety, and partnering with various vendors. Over the last 11 years, her career has been in SaaS based solutions offering software and data for fleets, OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. Sherry has been involved in various Fleet committees and advisory boards, offering a range of knowledge and insight, training and speaking at national conferences. Her passion for the fleet industry is endless, along with her desire is to bring her energy, knowledge and experience to the industry and continue advancing corporate fleets worldwide. Sherry is currently an AFLA Board member and is the Vice-Chair for Fuels & Technology Committee with NAFA, and serves on the Board of Directors for GAVDA.

Sherry Calkins has been involved in the Fleet and Automotive industry for the last 21 years, working both nationally and globally. The first 10 years of her career began as a Fleet Administrator working in both government and corporate fleets, overseeing the entire fleet operations, ranging from acquisition, leasing, remarketing, maintenance facility's, fueling, alternative fuels, safety, and partnering with various vendors. Over the last 11 years, her career has been in SaaS based solutions offering software and data for fleets, OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. Sherry has been involved in various Fleet committees and advisory boards, offering a range of knowledge and insight, training and speaking at national conferences. Her passion for the fleet industry is endless, along with her desire is to bring her energy, knowledge and experience to the industry and continue advancing corporate fleets worldwide. Sherry is currently an AFLA Board member and is the Vice-Chair for Fuels & Technology Committee with NAFA, and serves on the Board of Directors for GAVDA.

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