Redstone Rail installs telematics with live audible feedback

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Redstone Rail has improved driver behaviour across its fleet since installing a Lightfoot telematics system with real-time feedback.

The devices have led to a 5.3% improvement in fuel economy within two weeks of installation.

Drivers receive live visual and audible feedback, in order to help them maintain a smoother, safer and more efficient driving style.

The specialist provider of blue- and white-collar engineering resources, Redstone Rail, said it is committed to improving working conditions so its drivers operate a safe and secure fleet, contributing to the wellbeing of its staff.

Dave Carter, operations director at Redstone Rail, said: “Running a large fleet of vehicles and keeping track of drivers is the simple element. It’s tracking driver behaviour where Lightfoot has had a real positive impact. After meeting Lightfoot, it was clear the system would benefit our drivers on so many levels and contribute hugely to our desire to ensure everyone gets home safely every day, while seeing the additional benefits of improved driving.”

Initially, the fleet ran the Lightfoot trial in ‘Blind’ mode to establish a definitive baseline for its efficiency. Once a clear picture of the drivers’ performance was established, Lightfoot turned the pocket-sized in-cab devices ‘live’.

Monitoring the impact of the live feedback on Redstone’s drivers revealed an immediate change for the better. Over acceleration reduced by 57%, harsh corning decreased by 36%, while harsh braking halved. Adopting this smoother, less aggressive driving style has not only cut emissions by in excess of 5% but it has also led to projected savings worth thousands of pounds per year.

Kira Askham, Redstone Rail’s fleet manager, added: “Without doubt, the rewards that our drivers can win through Lightfoot’s host of competitions, including cash prizes through The Drivers’ Lottery as well as consumer technology prizes and goodies, has made smooth driving desirable and fun.

“Boosted by the leagues which show how our drivers perform, we’re seeing positive competition with colleagues vying to be better than their peers. Now over 90% of our drivers regularly achieve the ‘elite driver’ status, which is good for the business, the environment, the wellbeing of our drivers and of course, safety on the roads.”

Lightfoot also provides drivers with an accompanying app, giving drivers full insight into their driving performance and score.

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