Tracking your fleet with a GPS vehicle tracking system can help you save on fuel costs both directly and indirectly. Using GPS tracking lets you plan routes more efficiently and ensure that drivers stick to the predetermined routes. This is especially useful for long distance drivers and HGVs, where fuel costs add up due to the length of undertaken journeys.
In addition, tracking your fleet gives you insights into the driving behaviour of your drivers, with the option of providing trainings or other correctional measures for drivers who don’t drive in a fuel efficient manner. Many tracking systems will output your fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and many will integrate seamlessly with fuel management services such as those provided by fuel card suppliers.
Vehicle tracking systems enable you to plan routes efficiently, both for short and long distances. HGVs can benefit from careful route planning, ensuring that their route does not contain toll roads or small streets that are unsuitable for large vehicles.
The geofencing feature integrated into many vehicle tracking systems will let you set alerts for the event of a vehicle leaving its designated route or area.
Telematics systems are advanced vehicle tracking systems that operate as a kind of black box in a vehicle, transmitting data about the driving behaviour of the driver. This lets the fleet manager see and analyse less than efficient driver behaviour such as driving too fast, fast acceleration and hard breaking.
Improving driver behaviour can not only reduce fuel costs, but also the strain on the vehicles themselves.
There are several aspects of compliance when it comes to vehicle tracking. Many fleet owners are unsure about the legalities of tracking vehicles and employees may feel concerns for their privacy when vehicle tracking systems are introduced. Vehicle tracking for a business fleet is perfectly legal, and sometimes even mandated by law, as with HGVs, which need to have a tachograph installed.
It is still important to comply with privacy and data laws. Being transparent with employees and helping them understand the benefits of vehicle tracking can help ease possible tensions in the business.
Fleet management Software
The fleet management software associated with your GPS tracking devices will give you access to all the data relayed by the trackers. This lets you see where vehicle are in real time, understand traffic conditions and receive updates and alerts about any issues.
In the long term, you will also be able to analyse the relayed data and identify trends within your fleet. This kind of data can help you cut delivery times, plan more fuel efficient routes and save your business money.
Accurate Vehicle And Asset Tracking
Accurately tracking your fleet with GPS means you will always know where your vehicles are. This can help solve disputes about working hours and fuel claims.
It is also possible to track mobile assets such as construction equipment or lorry trailers when they are not attached to a cab. Battery powered GPS trackers are available for this kind of tracking.
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