6 ways to increase fleet productivity with GPS Tracking

gps tracking increase productivityImplementing a GPS fleet tracking system in your company is one of the easiest way to dramatically increase fleet productivity through the many features available in our Ecofleet software, in a recent Bobit Business Media survey, 59% of fleets said productivity was a major benefit of implementing a GPS tracking system, which fell just ahead of decreased fuel consumption and improved routing.

By implementing the Ready Track GPS fleet tracking system, every benefit from can result in increased productivity, just like in this survey where overall, 92% of respondents, which included over 1,000 commercial and government fleet responses from fleets of all sizes, said GPS tracking had a positive impact on their fleet and business.

Fleets also saw an average of nearly a 12% decrease in labour costs, but to put that into a dollar amount, if the driver is paid the average HR truck driver hourly rate of $30, is a cost saving of over $500 per month just in labour costs. Additionally, fleets in the survey had an average 10% decrease in fuel consumption and some companies even seeing up to a 40% decrease. As for accident costs, fleets cited an average of a 21.1% decrease.

Increase productivity and complete more jobs per day, per vehicle by following these tips with our gps fleet management software.

 

1. Stay on top of maintenance

Staying on top of maintenance is easy with the Ready Track Ecofleet fleet tracking software. Even though your vehicles may be on a strict schedule for oil changes, that relies on your drivers reporting the odometer of the vehicle or just going off a calendar based maintenance schedule, which may not take into account how many actual engine hours your vehicles run. Those hours often get overlooked since it isn’t counted on your odometer. Our platform can provide engine hour data to give you real-time metrics about when you should schedule your preventive maintenance, rather than you or your drivers guessing. Keeping on top of maintenance can reduce breakdowns, reduce the time the vehicle is out of commission, and can give you a better idea of when to replace vehicles.

2. Monitor Start, finish and break times

One of the biggest expense to a company is labour cost, in companies where all the staff are in the office, it is easy to see when employees start and finish their shift, how long they take on their breaks, etc. But with businesses that have employees on the road, staff are invisible, this is where GPS fleet tracking enters as one of the most helpful tools to monitor and manage staff.

An example of how much a business can save on labour cost, is to think of this scenario; Employees arrive on the job site 15 minutes late, have a 1 hour lunch break, and call it a day 15 minutes before their shift ends. A total of 1 hour of lost time, using automated work time reports, this can be monitored, lost time can be avoided and more jobs added to that lost time resulting in a more productive work day for each employee and/or vehicle.

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3. Optimise routes

Finding and planning the most cost-efficient routes to complete more jobs in less time is a constant struggle with dispatch staff, usually you would see a large map of the city on the way where they would plot out the jobs for the day in order to set the daily deliveries in the best possible order to save time and money for the business.

Ready Track Ecofleet route optimiser is the perfect tool to automate that whole task and take it into the digital world. From deciding which territories your drivers will cover and how you will make the best use of your vehicles, right through to making sure future deliveries are already scheduled to meet whatever the day brings.

The range of route planning tools within the Ready Track Ecofleet GPS tracking platform not only allows you to build smarter routes and have our smart software automatically optimize the order of them; it shows you the before and after difference in kilometers and time saved. Visualize your vehicles jobs and drag and drop jobs as you need. All these changes within the software is directly and remotely updated to your drivers mobile phones or dash mounted tablets.

4. Reduce Idling

For every two minutes a car is idling, it uses about the same amount of fuel it takes to go about one kilometre. People usually idle their cars more in the winter than in the summer. But even in winter, you don’t need to let your car sit and idle for five minutes to “warm it up” when 30 seconds will do just fine.

Fuel costs are another major portion of a company’s expenses, and our customers have seen upwards of 25% savings in fuel costs in their fleet by reducing idling, which costs approximately $5 per hour in fuel and wear & tear, using our deliver planner which can reorder the run-sheet for a vehicle into an order that is the most fuel efficient, and many other factors such as monitoring driver behaviour.

Improved fleet management resulting from the use of our system dramatically reduces mileage and fuel consumption. Also, Fewer non-productive kilometres and less idling provides an additional reduction of the costs associated with fuel, oil changes, tyres and repairs, meaning less time off the road and more time working.

5. Monitoring safety

Increasing safety and reducing accidents is the biggest motivation for fleet managers who have installed driver behaviour management technology.

A driver behaviour management system gives fleet managers the ability to monitor driver performance in regard to speeding, acceleration, braking, and other factors that can impact on safety. Each driver will be able to monitor his/her score through our app and compare with other drivers in the fleet.

Drivers can be monitored using an overspeed threshold over the local speed limit and/or a fixed speed limit. We understand each road has different local speed limits so we have developed our tracking software with unbuilt local speed limits, with this data we are able to more accurately monitor the number of times a driver has actually exceeded the speed limit.

Apart from driver behaviour scorecards, SOS/Duress alarms that send SMS messages to the back office in case of emergency and all ways that you can help increase safety amongst your staff on the road.

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6. Use task management and job dispatch

The Task Management and Job Dispatch module that is built within the Ready Track Ecofleet platform can revolutionise the way you do business, drivers and dispatch officers now have a dedicated method of communication, job management and remote dispatching, without the need to call or SMS the driver, the dispatch officer has a central communication portal and the driver has a safe method of communication, utilising the Ecofleet smartphone application.

Drivers will now have access to information such as their route, turn-by-turn directions according to their vehicle, and new job alerts. They will also be able to accept the job right on their device and when arriving at the destination, the application will automatically ask the driver if he has completed the job, also allowing the driver to leave a comment. Dispatchers no longer have to wait for the new day to assign tasks, as a full 30-days of dispatch assignments and information can be pre-loaded into the system for the fleet.

In Conclusion

Easily identify vehicles in your fleet not being operated efficiently, productivity can be increased which in turn can be used to increase sales and improve customer service. This information can also be an important training tool to help employees with their efficiency.

With Ready Track GPS Fleet Tracking, dispatch decisions can be made quickly and accurately ensuring the right person is sent to each job. GPS Tracking enables you to identify the most efficient routes and dispatch your fleet according to location. Imagine getting an emergency service call and being able to see the closest technician, then dispatching him/her to the site.

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