03 January 2018
Five reasons to invest in GPS tracking of your fleet
Running a logistics operation is no simple task, especially
if you’re in charge of a large fleet. One way many fleet managers are making
their jobs easier, though, is by investing in GPS tracking.
Having greater visibility of staff and vehicle locations can make a real
difference to productivity and costs.
Below, we’ve compiled some of the biggest reasons to invest
in GPS tracking for your fleet.
Transportation firms usually pay big money to insure their
vehicles and drivers, especially when HGVs are being used. However, many
providers offer discounts for customers who install tracking equipment. This is
because it can be used not only to track movements, but also driving style and
safety. So, your investment could pay for itself before too long, simply by
cutting your monthly insurance premiums.
Knowing the exact location of each vehicle in your fleet can
be a huge security benefit, not only for the vehicles themselves but for the
assets within them. If one is stolen, either while being used or during
downtime, you can pass data on to the police to help with recovery efforts.
Advertising that each vehicle is being tracked may also deter would-be thieves.
Monitoring driver activity
Seeing how drivers use their vehicles day-to-day will help
you find new streamlining opportunities. Data showing the speeds they travel
at, the locations they visit most often, vehicle downtime and which routes are
most effective can be used to make tweaks. It may be that certain drivers are
regularly speeding or are braking too harshly, but by identifying and
addressing these issues, you stand to save on maintenance costs over time.
You have options here too – either monitor in real-time, at
the end of each day, or generate periodic reports to work with.
Improved maintenance management
Overviews of daily activity can help fleet managers better
manage vehicle maintenance. You could, for example, set up mileage alerts so
you know exactly when each vehicle is due for its next service. Or, if a
vehicle breaks down while on a job, you can pass on its exact location to the
repair team. The result is a healthier fleet, safer drivers and reduced
Provide a better service for your customers
GPS tracking will allow you to give your customers accurate
delivery times, rather than simply specifying which day their order is likely
to show up. And, with automatically optimised routes, these delivery times
should be sooner rather than later. Recipients are left happier and more likely
to use your business again – everybody wins!
These are just a few of the biggest reasons to invest
in fleet tracking – there are plenty more to consider, including reduced
paperwork, greater timekeeping and improved safety. And, with our help,
implementing GPS across your fleet needn’t be difficult.