Fleet tracking is an effective way of managing a group of vehicles that are used in a working capacity. It can help you access key data insights to help manage, monitor and uncover costly expenses while identifying opportunities for improvement, productivity and efficiency. This will, in turn, maximise profits. Some of the ways this can be done will be looked at in more detail below.

Improve Driver Behaviour

It is important to understand how your vehicles are being driven for a number of reasons. Drivers that brake harshly or floor the accelerator when moving away will use more fuel as well as potentially increase the risk of being in an accident. Your vehicle will also be seen by hundreds of people every day, including potential customers, so the way they are driven can affect your brand and reputation. Driver reports from fleet trackers allow you to identify a driver’s unsafe driving practices and then these specific habits can form an individualised training for safer driving. This will enable drivers to become aware of their current unsafe habits and future progress can also be tracked.

Preventative Vehicle Maintenance

Software can be utilised to alert you early when a problem is identified. Vehicle inspections will take less time, which will allow fleet operated businesses to operate more efficiently by keeping more of their vehicles on the road to carry on with their job. You can also stay on top of your fleet vehicle maintenance by scheduling and monitoring oil changes, inspections, registrations and other routine checks in advance. You can receive alerts through email or text message reminding drivers and fleet managers when vehicles are due for service.

Optimise Fleet Productivity

To meet business goals, measuring and optimising fleet performance using real-time and historical data trends will allow you to make quantifiable business decisions that help cut operating expenses and improve productivity. Focusing on safety will also help in terms of productivity; if a fleet experiences problems with driver crashes, this will significantly hinder the fleet’s productivity. Huge amounts of time can be wasted if an accident occurs, with damage to the company vehicle, injuries, possible lawsuits, employee terminations and the need to hire and train new employees all having an impact on time and money.

Improve Fuel Efficiency

Improving fuel efficiency is vital to reducing costs in any fleet. This can be achieved in a number of ways such as mileage trackers, fuel trackers and speed trackers. Keeping a mileage log through a mileage tracker equipped with GPS mileage tracking will allow you to monitor mileage and in turn, monitor fuel usage. Fuel trackers will record the fuel cost data and the amount of fuel consumed but also provide information on vehicle idling time and driver information which can again be used to reduce fuel costs. Speed trackers are beneficial in identifying the driving behaviours of your workers and passing this on to fleet managers so they can manage driving performance. Speed trackers can track drivers to make sure they are taking the best possible routes at optimal speeds. This will also ensure that drivers are following legal driving laws, protecting the health and safety of the workforce.

Route Planning

Route planners will allow you to plan the most economic and time-efficient routing, taking into account traffic, delivery times and data recording. Fleets such as coach companies, sales workforces and courier/delivery services will benefit from this highly. This is because more orders can be fulfilled with less cost, arrival times can be managed with accuracy, as well as having the option to predict time windows and effectively manage the vehicle load.
 
Whilst there are many reasons why fleet tracking can help cut costs and increase efficiency, these are the main ones to consider when choosing fleet tracking.

 

Published by Ruby Daub