GRIP Tips for Idle Management Success: Keeping vehicle operators safe, comfortable and response-ready

How an idle management system affects vehicle operators is a big part of idle reduction success – the less impact it has on their day-to-day routines, the better.

Operators must be able to concentrate 100% on the job at hand – without fiddling with controls or worrying their vehicle will not respond immediately in exactly the way they require. Safety is paramount – airbags and sirens must work at all times – and comfort is key.

GRIP inventor Brian Bassindale had all these things in mind when he set out to design a next-generation GRIP system. He knew his customers wanted a system that was fully automatic, requiring no operator attention or interaction, while also being fully customizable to address highly variable fleet and operator preferences and requirements.

The GRIP 3.0 ensures a response-ready vehicle at all times: A patented vehicle control system keeps the vehicle’s computer systems live, seamlessly operating auxiliary devices to ensure safety systems, such as airbags, are always fully active and the desired interior climate is maintained. The GRIP is the only comprehensive idle-management system that keeps the vehicle secure, primed and ready to go.

Here are our top 12 FAQs about how operators interact with the GRIP Idle Management System.

Does the operator have to turn the GRIP system on?

No, the GRIP system is engaged automatically as soon as the vehicle engine is turned on via the ignition. The GRIP only shuts the engine down for idle reduction when the vehicle is in Park or Neutral.

Will the vehicle shut down for idle while it is stopped in traffic, at a traffic light or stop sign?

No, the only time the GRIP system will shut the vehicle down for idle is if the transmission is in park or neutral.

How long can the vehicle idle before the GRIP system shuts the engine down?

The GRIP can be set to shut the engine down after idling for anywhere between 10 seconds and 60 minutes. Operators also have the option to shut down the engine manually before the GRIP kicks in (holding the engine icon button on the device for 3 seconds) to engage GRIP features.

Why not just use the key to shut off the vehicle to reduce idling?

When the GRIP shuts down the engine, it continues to monitor the vehicle to keep all safety systems and devices (lights, two-way radio, computer stations) running as required and to maintain temperature and battery voltage, etc. The vehicle remains response-ready for a faster start.

When the GRIP system shuts the engine down, how does the operator start it again?

The vehicle ignition remains in the “run” position when the GRIP shuts the engine down due to idling. To restart the engine, the operator simply cycles the key forward to the “start” position. It is not necessary to turn the key off and back on again.

Is there an override for the system?

No. If the system begins to shut the vehicle down and the operator does not wish to have the engine shut down, he or she can press the accelerator to temporarily delay the shut-down process. Depending on how the GRIP settings are configured, this function may only be available for a limited number of times. The system keeps a log of every time the GRIP is overridden in this way. Note that the GRIP system only shuts the vehicle engine down if it is in Park or Neutral and is idling.

If the GRIP starts the vehicle (e.g., for climate control or battery charging) and the operator needs to drive it, can the operator just put the vehicle in drive or does something else need to be done?

Any time the vehicle is running, the operator can simply put the vehicle in drive and go.

If the engine is off, do the air bags still work?

Yes. The airbags on the vehicle are on any time that the vehicle computers are live. The GRIP Idle Management System always keeps the vehicle computers live while it is in operation.

How do you prevent vehicle theft if the GRIP has the vehicle running and the operator exits the vehicle?

The operator can put the GRIP in anti-theft mode at the push of a button, take the keys out and leave the vehicle knowing it is completely secure and the GRIP is keeping it ready to go with lights, sirens and other devices activated as necessary without drawing down battery power. If someone attempts to jump in and drive away, the GRIP stalls the engine and locks the steering column. The anti-theft feature is only deactivated when the operator returns the key to the ignition

Will the vehicle start for low battery when in anti-theft mode?

Yes, the vehicle will start in anti-theft mode for low battery and it will start for climate control (temperature maintenance) as well.

Will on-board computer stations, lights, two-way radio and other devices still operate when the GRIP shuts down the vehicle?

Yes, the GRIP keeps all this equipment fully functioning with the vehicle is shut down in monitoring mode. It monitors the batteries to ensure they are at a level strong enough to run all electronics and start the vehicle when it is needed to preserve battery power.

What other features does the GRIP have to make the operator’s life easier?

The GRIP system keeps the vehicle response-ready, primed to go at all times. The many features that support this include the seat-belt start option, which turns the engine on as soon as the seat belt is secured, and the door-start option, which turns the engine on as soon as the driver’s door opens.

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