The main focus of every transportation business lies in delivering goods or services in an on-time, cost-effective manner. Route planning needs to be done efficiently so that the vehicle reaches its destination without any hassles, diversions or waste of time. A fleet management system is specifically designed for fleet managers in order to help them manage their transportation business, keep a track of their vehicles in real-time, and ensure fastest delivery to customers in order to achieve maximum satisfaction. A fleet management system is a simple concept that combines individual, highly functional, web-based components with a GPS tracking system, a two-way wireless communication device, and fleet management web-based software. All of these components work in tandem to produce a real-time view of the fleet for the fleet manager to watch over and keep the track of all company vehicles from the convenience of his office.
The fleet management system helps the business to continuously move forward at all the times. Shortly after making the initial hardware and installation investment, the business rapidly sees a significant increase in profits over as the fleet management system provides the following operational advantages:
Supports green initiatives by lowering the carbon footprint – The case of global warming is gripping each and every business and encourages the lowering of a company’s environmental impact and carbon footprint. Businesses are compelled to practice greener and cleaner business processes. For an eco-friendly transportation business, fleet managers must ensure better fuel efficiency of the vehicles through regular maintenance and more efficient transportation routes. Fleet management software reports the fuel efficiency of vehicles along with comprehensive route information. The GPS tracking devices are installed into fleet vehicles to monitor driving events and ensure that drivers are complying with and operating under strict safety standards.
Reduces transportation costs – There is much more to transportation operational costs than simple fuel consumption. The less fuel that is consumed translates into savings in fuel and, hence, money saved. The comprehensive, real-time reporting facilitated by the fleet management software includes vehicle mileage, vehicle maintenance status, route efficiency, traffic, road and climate conditions, driver’s driving habits and performance, and much more. Armed with this information, the fleet manager can easily and quickly make crucial decisions that impact customer satisfaction – all within economic cost-cutting methodologies. For instance, in cases where the manager sees traffic delays or discovers unsafe road conditions, he can quickly decide to redirect drivers to lessen the customer impact. In knowing that he under constant vigil, drivers also start to adopt more responsible driving habits.
Improves vehicle efficiency – The fleet management system enables fleet managers to consistently keep track of their vehicles and drivers. Routes are prioritized – not on the sole basis of distance – but with respect to many different criteria pertaining to transportation and driving. The fleet management software, paired with the capabilities of the GPS tracking device, streamlines vehicle information for managers to be able to see that vehicles are well-maintained. A comprehensive fleet management system not only records the geographic position of the fleet vehicle, but also reports speed, direction, fuel usage, and much more. All of these measures are important in improving the vehicle’s efficiency and increasing the lifetime of the vehicle. Even in cases of theft, the fleet management software reports vital information used by fleet owners and law enforcement to pinpoint the exact time and place of theft, and the precise current location.