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What’s the score with driver scorecards?

What’s the score with driver scorecards?

Whatever the fuel efficiency of the vehicle you drive, your driving can impact the mpg by as much as 30%. I know it, you know it, your boss knows it, and tech firms know it too. Which is why driver score-carding (aka gamification) has been around for some time for UK drivers.

Back in the day (and when I say that I mean the late 2000s) bad driving behaviour such as hard braking and acceleration was harvested through telematics to discover which drivers were burning the most fuel. Those deemed ‘good’ drivers would get a gold star, while ‘bad’ drivers would get a slap on the wrist. Ah yes, we all remember those (excessively awkward) weekly team meetings with such fond memories…

It was part and parcel of many jobs as a driver, but it was a rough and ready measure. It did not take into account all the factors that affect driving, so did not always give an accurate picture.

Today, driver scorecards are more sophisticated. Focusing on the positives, advanced technology recognises that each fleet truck is unique and assesses scores accordingly.

The type of load, the truck itself, and transmission shifting data are used to give more accurate scores, based on actual vs potential mpg for each truck. Driving scoring goes hand in hand with video, which is now being used in conjunction with technology such as AI to automatically detect and analyse positive
driving behaviours. You can learn from their scorecard, using the analysis to help you improve your
driving behaviour.

That’s a useful skill to have in your working life, and can even boost your chances when looking for new jobs as a driver. I sometimes wonder whether drivers in the UK are not being overscored, though.

We’re not children, right? How does this technology score with you?

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