GPS fleet tracking systems are rapidly becoming a basic tool of fleet managers. It is not surprising when you consider that effective use of GPS fleet tracking saves money, reduces pollution, improves driver/employee productivity, promotes safer driving habits, and makes more efficient use of the life of a vehicle. Some companies have reported saving as much as $ 25,000 in fuel costs alone.
GPS fleet tracking is not just for large companies with big fleets. B&B Professional Plumbing of Clearwater, Florida equipped their ten trucks for $ 4,000 for hardware and a $ 15 per vehicle maintenance fee. With GPS fleet tracking they reduced their response time to customer calls by 10% and moved from having each truck service 4 customers a day to each truck servicing 6 customers each day. They saved $ 1,300 per month in fuel costs through more efficient routing, and paid for the first year costs for the system in under 4 months.
1. Improve navigation. Your GPS fleet tracking system will be fully integrated with Google maps. This enables drivers to identify the fastest, most direct or most fuel-efficient route to a destination (whether it is within the city or across the country). The navigation function also provides live time reports on traffic conditions along the way, even providing detours around traffic jams. If the weather is bad, you can choose terrain views to see what is ahead. Navigation functionality in your GPS fleet tracking system also allows fleet managers to know precisely where every vehicle is at any time. This makes it easy to identify the closest vehicle to an emergency situation and quickly re-route a vehicle.
2. Monitor and improve driving habits. Because your GPS fleet tracking system compiles data on driver behavior, you can identify drivers who are habitual speeders or who consistently brake hard or who accelerate too fast from a stop. You will have regular reports of every trip taken by every vehicle. You can program the GPS fleet tracking system to alert the driver when the speed limit is exceeded by more than 5 mph and to alert the fleet manager when the speed limit is exceeded by more than 10 mph. You can track exact routes and know which drivers are taking detours or are sitting somewhere with the engine idling for extended periods of time. By monitoring and reviewing this data with your drivers you can improve driving habits and safety.
3. Anti-theft and accident report function. Not only will a GPS fleet tracking system help you locate a stolen vehicle instantly and share information with the police, you can also disable the vehicle. In the event of an accident, you will be alerted instantly so you can determine the extent of the damages and injuries and send help to your driver. The GPS fleet tracking program will also create an incident report that will document the speed and direction of your vehicle when the accident occurred. The vehicle locator, anti-theft functions and accident report will qualify each vehicle for a discount on insurance of as much as 33%.
4. Vehicle maintenance tools are also included in many GPS fleet tracking systems. Many interface with the vehicle’s factory-installed computer. Together they monitor all parts of the engine, the frame, even the tires. If a problem is beginning, you will receive a report so you can make repairs when it is convenient instead of when the vehicle breaks down on the road. Proper maintenance improves gas mileage and reduces carbon emissions, as well as reducing maintenance costs.
Use of these four major capabilities of a GPS fleet tracking system will help your company save money in the following ways:
— Reduce fuel costs through efficient driving routes, fuel-efficient driving habits, and a well-maintained vehicle
— Reduce engine maintenance and operating costs
— Save up to 1/3 of the current cost of insurance for each vehicle
— Use the data to create incentive programs that reward safer and more fuel-efficient driving habits, which also save fuel and maintenance costs
— Spend less time driving and more time working, which will increase efficiency, productivity, customer satisfaction, and reduce overtime costs
— Reduce paperwork for drivers, fleet manager and payroll
— Put an end to after-hours use of vehicles, drivers taking the longest route to waste time, unnecessary trips, etc.
— Achieve greater reliability on arrival times, repair times, travel times; respond faster to customer emergencies; improve customer service and customer satisfaction
You can expect to recover installation and first year costs for a GPS fleet tracking system in less than six months. For the next six months you can just show an increasing return on the investment in your GPS fleet management system. Find out for yourself why GPS fleet tracking helps your bottom line.