Driving Your Fleet in The Future

Any business with more than one vehicle on the road needs fleet management. That accountability grows with the number and type of vehicle. Without a top flight GPS fleet tracking system, that fleet can break your plans for the future.

Why bother?

As explained in Business News Daily, “GPS fleet-tracking software works in tandem with a piece of GPS hardware installed in the vehicle.” That system bounces signals off satellites to follow and report on vehicles and their drivers in real time.

That data provides reports at will to assess and act on the information relayed to serve customers, maintain vehicles, and monitor driver and vehicle safety.

What’s on the road?

Business fleets include various vehicles. Florists, plumbers, and electricians have panel vans delivering house-to-house. Public transportation fields buses moving around town and vans serving seniors on local medical visits.

Fleets have small trucks to provide roadside assistance or large rigs for interstate travel. Business fleets also include planes, trains, and boats. And, for many businesses, fleets are made up of company cars making sales in the field, providing cab service, or providing customer service.

Cities of all sizes run fleets of police cars, fire engines, and EMS vehicles. Their costs pass on to taxpayers, and their dependability determines their value. They need to be ready and there on time.

In short, every vehicle on the road operates at the business’s expense. Those costs need management many reasons, all of which have cost attached.

What’s the cost to you?

Customers depend on timely arrival, and your business’s reliable performance retains their loyalty. For example, reporting on how a quality GPS fleet management system serves patients waiting for Emergency Medical Service, Hannah Stefferson writes, “Real-time location detection and the ability to immediately map the best and fastest travel route aids in delivering desperately needed medical care. Turn by turn navigation that includes detour alert information helps to further improve ambulance response time.”

Fuel costs can get out of hand. You can usually rely on drivers to buy their gas and turn in their receipts. However, they have no way of integrating their costs. That is, without system, you have no way of comparing and contrasting fuel usage per route, per driver, or per vehicle.

Maintenance needs control. Because vehicles are assets, they need monitoring and record-keeping. Business owners and fleet managers need control systems to manage preventive and unexpected maintenance. As Hannah Stefferson writing for GpsTrackit, says, “GPS fleet management systems with telematics can immediately identify key issues and provide detailed reports.” You want to know what vehicles cost what in terms of service.
Risk Management is reason enough to manage your fleet well. For example, GPS fleet management will monitor driver speed, off road travel, and even driving habits. Reducing such risks is the right thing to do for everyone on the road.

The smart management and savings realized are benefits you can extend to growth, customers and employees.

What’s good for you?
Automotive Fleet describes cloud-based fleet tracking as “24/7 visibility into fleet assets with access to near real-time vehicle data such as mileage, speed, fuel consumption, idle time, and diagnostic trouble codes to improve operations and significantly reduce costs. The system also offers expansive integration capabilities, enabling fleet managers to automate tasks and reduce workload.”

You install a small unit that transmits all you need to know about your fleet of vehicles at work and much that you would not know until it’s too late.

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