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Tacoma Governors

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by jkpearcevsi, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:26 AM
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    Folks;

    Whilemost people try to get more speed out of their vehicles. I'm looking at controling it so that you cannot go over 60 mph. We have a fleet of tacoma trucks and I want to do two things. The first is to ensure that our drivers do not drive at unsafe speeds. The second is to hopefully save on gas usage since I belive the lower the speed the better the gas mileage (to some degree).

    Is there a way to do it?? Either trhough existing engine configurations or some after market product? And will this cause any waranty issues?

    Thanks you for your time.
     
  2. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:29 AM
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  3. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:33 AM
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    You should probably talk to a fleet manager at a rental car place or something. Cause I'll bet there is an aftermarket product to do that.

    You could also put in a GPS monitoring system and let the employees make their own decisions and just monitor what they do??
     
  4. Feb 27, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    +1 to the GPS monitor comment. In some instances, a driver doing 60 will have to speed up to evade an accident or a dangerous instance - Like merging onto a highway for instance. You dont want to take this capability away from a vehicle.

    You can put GPS trackers on cars which come loaded with software that tells you how fast they are going, average speed, location, etc. There's an incentive for buying bulk as you'll need multiple trackers and only one software interface for you.

    Just tell your drivers they are being watched and they arent to drive over 60 or you'll get text messages and emails.
     
  5. Feb 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    Then how do the UPS / FedEx people handle the governor situtaion on their vehicles? THeir units have governors on them. What I want to get away from is being reactionary when it comes to driving at unsafe speeds. We have AVMS units already in our trucks and they do report when someone is driving over 70, but again that is not being proactive. We need to elimate the potential all together.
     
  6. Feb 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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  7. Feb 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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    My background is in occupational safety and health and while I understand the importance of engineering out hazards, as others pointed out depending of where the trucks are used, ie interstate highways, 60 mph may not be the safest speed, although driving above the posted speed limit is rarely ever safe and does reduce your reaction time. Does your company require drivers to complete a defensive driving course or use any behaviour based safety programs? The National Safety Council has some good materials out there to look into. You are doing the right thing by focusing your efforts on your drivers. Motor vehicle accidents remain the most occurring cause of occupational related fatalities.
     
  8. Feb 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    Another thought, drivers often feel there is an incentive to speed, ie they think they'll get where the need faster. Are your drivers making deliveries or being evaluated on how long it takes them to get from one call to the next? Do they get paid by the number of stops they make? These situations could negatively influence your drivers to speed more often and potentially engage in aggressive driving. Again an overall focus on behaviour goes a long way.
     
  9. Mar 2, 2011 at 1:13 PM
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  10. Mar 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM
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    i'm pretty sure on the delivery trucks, the governor is built in as both UPS and FedEX use purpose built trucks that were probably built with the company's specific needs and wants in mind. not sure how the do it on the other vehicles tho.
     
  11. Mar 2, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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    or you could put giganitic tires on them and they will have a very, very hard time making it to 60..lol
     
  12. Mar 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    Safty issue, My buddy drives a tandem with a gov and cant stand it with merging and other trucks. At least give them 70. But I really cant talk I drive a vic or a shitty impala with the bells and whistles on. Some Depts. have a email sent to a supervisor every time they break 80. Soooo now you have everyone doing 78-82, 78-82, 78-82 all day long.
     
  13. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    Fleet vehicles often are preset to a set speed , 67 mph for example in Oregon/Portland, since the speed limit is 65. That applies to a lot of our vans or CDL type trucks. regular pickups arent governed any differently though.
     
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