In the modern world of business there are two major ethics that must be followed should success be attainable. These ethics are efficiency and profitability. The need for these two beliefs is nowhere truer than in fleet management, in these types of businesses assets are often on the move and placed around the country making managing these assets, and the workers controlling them extremely difficult. Fortunately for fleet managers the task is getting easer; the main reason for this is the implementation of GPS vehicle tracking tools, and with this technology, greater levels of control.
The result of having GPS fleet management tools is that managers are given information on the behaviour of their drivers and the location of their assets at any time during the day or night. This is one of reasons GPS technology is spreading rapidly in the business and private sphere. Many feet management solutions give the manager an up to the minute display of any particular vehicle in the fleet; this vehicle’s speed, direction and in some cases state of repair. However as there are numerous technophobes out there, a large number of businesses have still not realised the benefits of installing GPS fleet management tools. Hopefully the following article will be able dispel some of the more common myths whilst presenting why the installation of this technology can be highly beneficial.
Firstly it is important to realise that with the installation of GPS fleet management systems it is possible to reduce the running costs of a business. This can be done in a number of ways although the most obvious is through the reduction in fuel costs due to the production of more efficient routes and itineraries. Secondarily however with a fleet management system in place the wasteful behaviour of drivers can be reduced, further limiting fuel and maintenance costs.
The more advanced fleet management tools are able to keep a constant reminder of vehicle mileage and condition. This is extremely important as well maintained vehicles are cheaper to run and when it comes the time of resale will be worth more, recouping a greater percentage of the original investment. Additionally, legal issues such as MOTs will not be forgotten meaning fines will be completely negated.
Another reason to invest in a GPS fleet management system is that it will work towards reducing the insurance premiums of a business. This is because insurance companies recognise that workers drive more sensibly when they have the knowledge their driving is being scrutinised and the chances of the vehicle being recovered in the event of a theft are also increased.
In terms of profitably the manager that has implemented a vehicle tracking system has more control over their workers while they are out in the field. For instance, in the past it has been too easy for workers to spend time in the pub during the working day; with the knowledge that their location is available to the manager these occurrences are reduced. In addition, for the completion of overtime requests GPS technology can be extremely helpful, giving the manger detailed reports of the times spent working of all mobile employees.
Hopefully this information has provided fleet managers with an incentive to install vehicle tracking tools. As previously stated efficiency and profitability are highly important to any business and any facilities that can assist in increasing both of these elements is valuable and worth the investment. In the modern world it is important for those in management roles to embrace new technology as a means of improving business functions and operability.