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When is GPS Tracking Right for You?

  • August 28, 2015
  • Carol J.
  • Reading Time: 2 minutes
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GPS tracking has come a long way from the early days of simple vehicle location. In addition to insights about when your vehicles start for the day, where they travel, how often they stop (and for how long), you can get real-time alerts and reports about driver behavior. You’ll know right away when drivers operate vehicles unsafely, use them for personal travel, or accumulate excessive overtime. A modern GPS solution can keep you on top of vehicle maintenance and repairs, helping you keep your assets working for you longer.

But when is it time to consider a GPS solution? If you have insufficient visibility into your fleet operations, you already know the answer to this question. Here are a few additional guidelines to help you determine the impact that a GPS tracking solution can have on your business.

Productivity

Reducing driving and idle time is part of the key to productivity and efficiency. With a comprehensive fleet management solution, you’ll know how long your drivers are stopped at each location, and you can replay their routes to make sure they are getting to each call without wasted time or distance. GPS tracking can reduce the cost of each truck roll by $150 to $600.

Fuel and Maintenance Costs

If you’re spending money to maintain and power your fleet, it makes sense to optimize these expenses. The key to saving money in this area is information. Where is your fuel going? If it’s going anywhere off-route, you need to know right away. You can save up to $90 per vehicle per month in fuel costs alone, by ensuring your vehicles are operated properly and efficiently.

You can save even more money by keeping your vehicles in good condition. Knowing exactly when your vehicles need preventive maintenance is crucial if you want to avoid costly repairs down the road.

Personnel Costs

An up-to-date fleet management system includes more than just vehicle tracking. With fleet management software such as FleetOutlook™, you can integrate solutions to help automate payroll, schedule and map routes and keep logs. This not only saves on headcount, but also means that you don’t have to rely on your drivers to keep perfect logs of driving hours and service calls. You’ll also avoid hidden overtime costs. With effective fleet management, you can save up to 10 hours per month per driver, and lower overtime costs by 50%.

Customer Service

If a customer has ever called you to ask how soon your driver will get there, you know how important real-time data is to maintain the reputation of your company. With a GPS tracking solution, you’ll be able to set customer expectations accurately and reliably. Furthermore, route optimization and in-vehicle navigation can improve on-time performance as much as an hour per day for each driver.

For More Information

For more information about evaluating and implementing the benefits of fleet tracking and management solutions for your business, take a look at our Buyer’s Guide.