Fleet vehicle tracking is essential for fleet managers looking to grow revenue and demonstrate a commitment to driver safety within their driving community. With a tracking system, businesses can spend valuable time streamlining their fleet management processes efficiently and cost-effectively.

What is fleet vehicle tracking?

Global Positioning System technology (GPS) is prevalent in many aspects of everyday life. From satellite navigation systems to the Find my Phone feature on the latest smartphones, GPS tracking works by sending satellite signals, processed by a receiver, to track the exact location of the GPS device and calculate the time and the speed of motion they are travelling. A GPS device can give the real-time locality of an item and can optimise business operations, making the technology a go-to solution for fleet management.

The ability to analyse driver behaviour can offer numerous benefits to fleet managers. The data from a GPS tool can help minimise fuel consumption, improve route efficiency, and ensure better customer service.

Tracking tools for fleet vehicle management

GPS is an essential tool in fleet telematics, supporting businesses by gathering data from individual vehicles or entire fleet operations. GPS often works hand in hand with cloud-based apps, where fleet managers can track real-time locations on a global scale.

More than that, a fleet vehicle tracking system can provide the following:

  • Efficient map and route planning
  • In-depth data analysis to discover any maintenance and repair schedules
  • Detailed analytics to highlight issues of speeding, idling or poor driving performance
  • Notification alerts for customers and employees

The benefits of fleet vehicle tracking

Cost-effective efficiency

The visibility that GPS systems offer fleet operations allows managers to know the whereabouts of each vehicle and utilise said data to make efficient decisions on how to improve performance.

A fleet tracking system informs businesses on how much they spend on cost per mile, the number of arrival times, distances travelled and any moments where drivers are stationary. Fleet data can also reduce vehicle maintenance costs with help from vehicle analytics, which will identify any need for service or problems that may have arisen.

Monitored driver behaviour

Profitability is a credible benefit of fleet vehicle tracking, but it also allows fleet managers to monitor the safety and compliance of drivers. With help from driving data, managers can use GPS systems to see which drivers are performing better than others, which can decipher who might require additional driver safety training.

Monitoring driver behaviour improves vehicle handling, and tracking a fleet can help to

  • Monitor specific jobs and driver routes
  • Ensure ultimate driver safety (speed, idling)
  • Ensure working hours are adhered to and not under or over working hours
  • Have visibility on location to ensure drivers are where they need to be

While vehicle tracking gives fleet managers clarity, it should be a method to keep driver processes as efficient as possible rather than a case of snooping on employees. In most circumstances, even having a tracking system is enough for drivers to ensure they drive more responsibly on the roads.

Customer satisfaction

Customers are the most crucial focus of any business. Courier services that use GPS tracking allow companies to provide real-time, valuable updates and information for customers expecting deliveries when they are both dispatched and delivered.

Installing a fleet vehicle tracking system will help to reduce downtime when looking after customers. Fleet managers can select the most convenient vehicle closest to the customer location to enable a responsive and logical service, leaving both employees and customers satisfied with the job.

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