If you run a transport business of any kind and have a fleet of vehicles, there are many advantages of including GPS tracking systems. Most people are always wondering whether it is cost effective to install such tracking systems; while it may not provide overnight solutions to your fleet related costs, GPS vehicle tracking will eventually give you a good return on investment. GPS tracking devices have the ability to capture data and this will help you to do an analysis that can help you make particular decisions regarding your business.
Planning: The data that is captured by your vehicle tracking system is valuable because it can help you in terms of planning; they are better than the typical ways of staying in touch with your drivers such as daily manual time attendance records or cell phones. Even though cellular phones can help in vehicle managing you transport business, their viability depends on the strength of the signal but sometimes they can get lost or stolen in addition to being quite expensive. With GPS tracking you will know the exact location of all your drivers at all times meaning that you can make important decisions in terms of direction, location and work in terms of routing and general dispatch.
Driver behavior and fuel efficiency: GPS tracking systems can also be effective in terms of helping you to save money in fuel consumption. While this is considered a secondary benefit of the vehicle tracking system, the most important benefit in this regard is your drivers’ behavior on the road; this is especially in terms of speeding, braking and acceleration. The habit of driving and acceleration using erratic speeds is known to consume much more fuel especially when it is combined with any small inefficiency in the engine. Drivers who drive beyond the company’s approved speed limit are likely to incur huge fuel bills which can easily be avoided. When drivers are aware that their behavior is being monitored, they are likely to drive more carefully and avoid going beyond the speed limit.
Asset management: With a vehicle tracking system you are able to easily monitor all of your customer’s important deliveries in addition to having a clear record of the delivery’s movement so that you can quickly provide backup in case there is a problem. This is a powerful bonus when it comes to issues to do with insurance and other matters to do with finances; this informs the ability of vehicle tracking devices to improve all aspects of customer service. In the transport business it is the degree of customer satisfaction that keeps companies in business.