As a fleet manager, one of your responsibilities is the proper use of vehicle tracking in real-time. Using GPS Tracking not only optimises fuel costs, aids route planning and facilitates the recovery of stolen vehicles. GPS fleet tracking has a variety of benefits ranging from better safety to decreased fuel consumption.
How Does Vehicle Tracking Work in Real-Time?
Fleet management systems collect data from the vehicles in three different ways, by using GPS Tracking (Global positioning system), by Diagnostic Plugins, and with driver input data.
The information that is gathered from vehicles gets transmitted through satellites toward receivers and computers and determines the latitude and longitude of the given company vehicle. The data is constantly being sent over toward the GPS tracking hardware installed on the vehicle and receive information on data points such as real-time location, geofencing status, idle time, and engine usage.
GPS Tracking devices, when used in combination with proper fleet management software gives a ton of useful information data entries aside from location. Such can be used to lower fuel cost and optimise the bottom-line costs of the entire fleet. Vehicle tracking systems give information such as idling time, driver behaviour, engine performance, unnecessary routing and others that reduce fuel usage.
What Are The Benefits of GPS Tracking for Fleet Management?
GPS Tracking systems offer a variety of business benefits. They greatly facilitate dispatchers, lower maintenance costs, improve delivery times and optimise your entire fleet of vehicles in the following ways:
1. Give Insights into driver behavior. GPS Tracking systems can be used to apply maintenance checks on a certain mileage of each vehicle which would often lower costs. Moreover harmful practices like aggressive driving or hard braking can increase fuel costs and GPS technology comes useful in that regard.
2. Improve the entire fleet’s productivity. GPS Trackers greatly optimise driver output as they strive to eliminate idle time through real-time data gathering. The time that business vehicles spend between jobs is also optimised, which increases business profitability.
3. Greatly increase safety. GPS vehicle tracking devices can play a major role in recovering a stolen vehicle and even more, can be used to prove theft to insurance companies and claim compensation. Moreover, security systems lower insurance cost overall. Aside from that, unsafe driving patterns such as hard braking, strong deceleration, or aggressive driving would be eliminated by the GPS tracking software which often gives suggestions to drivers.
4. Flexible mobile fleet management. Nowadays, innovative tracking solutions aim to achieve high customer satisfaction and allow users to track their fleets from anywhere just through their mobile phones. Even more, unauthorized movement or geofencing can be programmed to send you an alert through SMS, notification or email.
5. Reduced Administrative work and a higher level of compliance. Fleet management systems that include GPS tracking can serve as a platform for all your data which can greatly reduce administrative work and therefore wages. With an option to put a speed limit, acceleration and other mechanical stoppers, you can ensure that your entire fleet stays in compliance with the Australian Law at all times.
Of course, depending on the state you operate in, it is implied by the Law that you disclose to the driver of the given business vehicle that they are being monitored by such a device if it is placed covertly.