GPS is practically essential for fleet tracking, if you really want to know where your trucks are at any given time. The solutions available today allow business owners to keep track of hundreds of vehicles, as easily as they could keep track of a single one in the past. There are many other benefits as well.
Owners find that they have reduced fuel expenses by reducing the number of lost drivers and by allowing the system to choose the most fuel efficient and time efficient routes. That typically reduces the number of miles driven, as well, which prolongs the life of the vehicle and reduces maintenance costs.
The devices are small enough to be attached to any vehicle. They can be used to track vehicles in "real-time" or the position can be updated on a regular basis. Data from the trip can also be stored until the vehicle arrives in the shop, where the information concerning mileage and fuel used, as well as the trip time can be uploaded.
The cost of GPS fleet tracking systems varies, generally depending on the features that your company needs. The number of vehicles in the fleet is another cost consideration. Since a device must be attached to each vehicle, you simply multiply the number of vehicles in your fleet by the cost per unit to determine that part of the bill. Volume discounts may be available. It never hurts to ask.
Surveys of insurance companies have shown that fleet tracking reduces the number of accidents. Because of that and because of reduced vehicle theft, some insurance companies offer discounts to companies that have GPS monitoring. The discount could offset your total cost.
If you make deliveries to customers, they will appreciate improved service and a more accurate assessment of delivery times. By giving a customer a better idea of when the truck will arrive, you reduce the number of return calls that your drivers need to make, which further reduces your costs.
Your billing accuracy will improve because of the data stored in the devices. Some systems can be used to perform engine diagnostics while the vehicles are running. Even the air pressure in the tires can be checked electronically, sometimes from within the vehicle.
The technology available today allows business owners like you to make more profits. Fleet tracking with GPS monitoring systems is just one of the ways to use today's technology to improve your performance and increase your profits.