Every business owner who has had to deal with a fleet of more than two vehicles understands what a difficult task managing such a fleet is. There are simply too many ins and outs and so many things that can go wrong. The worst thing is that they all do go wrong sooner or later, causing headache and innumerable unexpected expenses that the company’s purse has to cover.
The easiest and most straight-forward solution to the vast majority of these problems is a GPS tracking system that will provide you with an overview of your fleet, who is doing what, what vehicle is where and how efficient everyone is.
When we say there are plenty of reasons why your business fleet needs a GPS tracking system, we are not kidding around.
Monitoring Driving Habits
The most important (and often most dangerous) variable in your fleet are the people who drive your vehicles. This is not a knock on drivers in general, but the fact remains that every fleet will most likely feature one or two bad apples and you need to make sure they are not being a bad influence on the other drivers.
A modern vehicle GPS tracker will provide you with vehicle diagnostics that will let you know how aggressive your drivers are, how fuel efficient they are, how hard they are working the engine and the brakes and much, much more.
As a result, you will know who is being a smart, careful driver and who is taking your vehicles for a crazy spin.
One of the biggest tasks for every business owner who manages a business fleet is reducing the costs of running this fleet. The costs will entail fuel, maintenance costs and downtime which is, more or less, pure waste of money.
With a GPS tracking system, you will find out about how fuel efficient your drivers are and whether their driving habits can be improved so as to get more mileage. In addition to this, a GPS tracking system will calculate how many miles each of the vehicles has covered and which vehicle is due for a regular checkup. This will reduce the number of breakdowns and save you money.
Even more importantly, with an elaborate GPS tracking system, you will be able to plan your routes much better so as to avoid any significant downtime during which your vehicles are doing nothing.
Remember, when your vehicles are parked in a lot somewhere, you are losing money.
Pretty much everywhere in the developed world, business vehicles are closely monitored by the authorities and the police regularly checks up on commercial vehicles to ensure the drivers are getting their rest and that the vehicles are not speeding or carrying more load than they are allowed.
The costs for the company that is in indirectly in breach of any of the laws are exorbitant.
Ensuring that everyone is following the law used to be a tedious task that involved a lot of bossing around. With a GPS tracking system, this is streamlined to a great extent and it allows you to produce numbers for your drivers to see for themselves.
Moreover, you can now find out in real time who is cutting the corners, especially when it comes to speeding. You can even get real-time notifications if one of the drivers is going over the limit and you can warn them in time.
You will be saving thousands on legal fees, tickets and other legal expenses.
Without a GPS tracking system, planning and implementing changes to your routes used to be a “gut decision” and you often operated on limited intel. You had a feeling that a certain route adjustment would make a difference but you had to try it out for a number of days before you could definitely find out if it worked.
With a modern GPS solution, analyzing, adjusting and perfecting routes for your business fleet has become easier than ever before. With the abundance of data that you get from your vehicles, the necessary improvements become almost painfully obvious and you can easily tinker with the routes until you get the best times and the most efficiency from your fleet.
The effects of these adjustments on your bottom line will be spectacular.
These are just the most obvious reasons as to why your business fleet needs a GPS tracking system. Once you start digging even deeper, you discover that a modern corporate fleet cannot survive and be cost-effective without such a solution.