Proper management of fleet vehicles pivotal to the functioning of our interconnected society. This is especially the case as we continue to demand goods faster and from farther away. Without proper fleet management, our logistics services would fail miserably and even with the latest and greatest technologies and innovations, we would be incapable of connecting and expanding our resource pool.
However, fleet managers allow the complex ecosystem that is fleet operations to not only function but strive. Fleet managers somehow manage fleet vehicles that can be thousands of miles away from each other, in completely different climates, and with completely different objectives. Even more, managers not only manage it, but they optimize it. Using tools such as GPS fleet tracking, managers can improve their operations exponentially.
Let’s take a look at 7 advantages of GPS Fleet Tracking.
1: Driver Safety
First and foremost, GPS fleet tracking helps improve driver safety. At any given time, drivers can face extreme conditions, spontaneous natural disasters, or even face breakdowns in areas more populated by corn then people. In all these situations (and many more) GPS tracking allows managers to precisely locate the vehicle and driver and bring help right away. To build on that, in situations where the driver is stranded in a no-service area, GPS tracking allows managers to notice the idling vehicle and deduce what happened, therefore being able to send help even when the driver cannot ask for it themselves.
Finally, GPS tracking solutions come equipped with more enhanced capabilities that allow for measuring driver behavior. These behaviors include speeding, collision risks, and overall reckless driving. Utilizing these features, fleet managers now have the ability to take direct preventative measures to reduce those behaviors before it causes an accident.
2: Route Efficiency
GPS fleet tracking allows managers to optimize route efficiency. When planning pick-ups, GPS tracking gives the most precise insights as to the best options for which truck should take that job. Having real time locations of all their trucks and where they are headed also allows for easier pivots when plans go awry. Say a truck that was supposed to make a pickup was delayed by weather. Using GPS tracking, picking the next up truck is simplified because the manager has all the fleet vehicle locations right at their desk. Doing so also reduces fuel costs.
3: Fuel Costs
Reducing fuel costs are always a huge target for fleet managers. GPS fleet tracking allows managers to be confident that fuel consumption is optimized. They can always choose best possible vehicle for each trip, select the most efficient route, and likewise monitor their drivers to ensure they stay on that route and do not idle nor drive aggressively. Monitoring the driving behavior is critical to reducing fuel costs.
4: Theft Recovery
Nobody ever wishes for this to happen, but theft is a real issue, even for fleet vehicles. Fortunately, with GPS fleet tracking, the unit is tied to the vehicle and will continue to report the vehicle’s location, allowing companies to retrieve their vehicle. The tracking information proves vital when reporting to the police and expedites recovery of the stolen vehicle.
5: Increase in Driver Productivity
With ELD compliant tracking solutions such as EZ Fleet Tracking’s EZ750, drivers can directly log their hours without having to fill out any paperwork. Likewise, by knowing exactly where every driver is, managers can now take more proactive steps to ensure the drivers are using their time best. This can be through recognizing inefficient/wrong routes, too much vehicle idling, and other driving malpractices.
6: Customer Satisfaction
Customers love knowing everything about their purchase. There is nothing worse than when you order a package with a tracking number and an error comes up when you try to track it. Feeling out of the loop is something customers loathe. With GPS fleet tracking, customers can now have reliable updates on where their item is. This extends even further than normal package tracking—which only updates at each location—but can allow customers to see their item’s progress even while on the road (at the company’s discretion). Everyone knows the agony of looking at the tracking page and it just says “Shipped” for days and days. Now customers will never have to feel that again, and in turn be much more satisfied with the company.
7: Simplified Fleet Management
The best part about GPS Fleet tracking products like the EZ750 is that the data is uploaded to the cloud and therefore can be accessed anywhere. Fleet managers can now gain all these invaluable insights right from their office, no matter where the vehicle is. Because of this, managers can feel connected to their drivers even when far away and can process alerts even when away from their desk. The ability for remote access to this vital information can be lifesaving. Events occur at all hours of the day, so being able to have access to this important GPS tracking data from any device, anywhere, can help managers send help to drivers regardless of whether they are in the office or not.
In conclusion, GPS fleet tracking can help improve fleet operations in so many ways. Products like the EZ750 offer not only GPS fleet tracking, but also a bundle of more important capabilities, including video footage with its paired VS800 Video Solution. This allows the engines to keep turning even when the office lights shut out.