Discussing the weighty subject of heavy loads

Whether a plumber, landscape gardener or construction worker, your vans regularly carry half a tonne of heavy equipment. As a van driver, are you aware of how to drive with larger loads?

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ran independent tests to reveal some severe statistics. The brand conducted a series of brake tests at the MIRA Proving Grounds in Nuneaton on its range of vans. They were carrying varying weights from empty to 500kg and would brake at both 30mph and 60mph.

The results revealed that 30mph braking distances increased by an average of 33% when vans had half a tonne of ballast on board – equal to an extra two metres travelled. At 60mph, braking distances increased by an average of 19%, or five metres.

Not knowing your braking distance with a heavy load can be lethal. Braking distances in the Highway Code are based on an advised standard and don’t take into account the burdens that many van drivers carry.

To combat the problem in your fleet, we have Tele-Gence. Unlike other tracking units ours not only delivers on monitoring your drivers’ behaviour, but it also eliminates fraud. You can book a free demo to see how Tele=Gence can work for your fleet.

Tele-Gence delivers intelligent fuel management by integrating fuel card and live tracking data, resulting in valuable savings. Intuitive and alert-driven, it offers in-depth reporting on pump pricing, driver behaviour, fuel fraud, vehicle tracking and more – with no long-term commitment.

How does a small device stop a heavy load?

Tele-Gence device is small and easy to hide. It is tamper-resistant too. The telematics software is industry agnostic allowing us to select the right solutions based on the exact requirements for your business. It also gives you frictionless access from anywhere in the Cloud, and support from a UK-based customer service team.

Tele-Gence’s bespoke service saves money by working hard to bring fuel costs down and push MPG up. It immediately reduces costs and adds value, and can improve your fleet’s MPG by up to 20%.

The intelligent fuel management tracking solution, integrates your fuel card data, by using the creation of multi-shaped geo-fences or zones around fuel stations or work sites, for example, to pinpoint, alert, report and manage your fleet efficiently.

A simple alert and view of where refuelling has taken place against vehicle location help tackle, reduce and eventually eliminate fuel fraud. It also reduces unauthorised vehicle use by tracking the vehicle’s movements in non-working hours. Offered with this solution is the capability of monitoring other valuable assets such as trailers or plant equipment using Tele-Gence’s unique heartbeat feature.

Book a demo to see how it all works

Our Tele-Gence fleet management solution gives you around the clock control of the whereabouts of your fleet. It lets you monitor driver behaviour, it also reduces accidents and increases driver security, while tracking expenses and vehicle maintenance and streamlining management processes.

With Tele-gence vehicle tracking and telematics device, you can advise drivers towards the best and shortest routes, which is provided by the GPS tracking system. Satisfy your customers by informing on delivery status.

Tele-Gence is a solution that is part of our integrated services for Fuel Card Service cardholders. Book a demonstration.

Solutions for all fleet owners

Another solution is our insurance quote service: MyInsurance.Expert. We can source fleet insurance quotes for free, no-obligation. Our experts can negotiate significant discounts and introduce dedicated quotes for all vehicle cover probabilities. These include mixed fleet insurance, HGV specialised insurance, employer’s liability insurance, product and public liability insurance and goods in transit. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA licence number 759713) authorises and regulates this service.

It is part of My Fleet Solutions, a range of fleet services that are free to access. Once the details of your vehicle are in place, you will be able to access them on a dashboard through My Fleet Hub

Each service is designed to work alone and works even better when combined with others. Take a closer look.

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