Monitoring the way your drivers are using fuel is an important part of managing a fleet. A data collecting tool such as the recently introduced CarCheckup can help you better understand your drivers’ habits.
The CarCheckup Device is contained in a plastic case that fits in the palm of your hand. It can be plugged into the OBD II port (usually located just beneath the dashboard) of any vehicle produced since 1996. The device monitors basic information such as miles per hour, rpm, distance traveled, top speed, how much time the car spent at various speeds and how often there was hard acceleration or extreme braking; it can also monitor for trouble codes to alert you to repair needs and monitor more advanced data such as intake manifold pressure, throttle position and ignition timing advance.
Once the data has been collected, a fleet operator can simply remove the device, pop out a USB port, and read a report of that data on any home or office computer.
The CarCheckup Device costs $149.97, which includes a one-year subscription to the product’s website and charts and graphs for one vehicle. Other vehicles can be added to the service for $25 per vehicle per year.
For more information on CarCheckup, visit http://www.carcheckup.com.
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