Over the years, fleet tracking technology has evolved from dots on a map that show a vehicle’s location. They now have features that help transportation companies improve their fleet’s efficiency, raise customer satisfaction levels, keep their drivers safe, and react quickly to critical situations. Here are five notable perks that businesses can enjoy from these systems:
• Reduce Risk of Theft
Companies can lose a lot of money from vehicle or cargo theft, and an effective fleet tracking system can act as a deterrent. Alarm systems can be set to trigger if a vehicle making a trip deviates from its usual travel path, or if it is being driven outside operating hours.
Fleet managers can also retroactively check a vehicle’s trip route to find out if a vehicle made an unplanned stop at any point in their journey. This information can serve as the basis of an investigation if goods are missing.
• Keeps Drivers Safe
Drivers are valuable assets to fleet management companies so they have to be protected. GPS fleet monitoring software lets managers scrutinize travel routes and take note of areas where drivers had to use excess speed, or found it difficult to maneuver. This information could be used to teach drivers how to better navigate roads.
Proactively taking steps to keep drivers safe on the road keeps the vehicles, goods and pedestrians safe. These actions save a business money as missing goods and injured pedestrians could attract lawsuits and compensation demands.
• Raises Customer Satisfaction Levels
Effective vehicle tracking systems can estimate times of arrival. The more accurate this ETA is, the less likely customers will call to ask for the status of their delivery. Customers might also be able to see the exact map location of their ordered goods, which would further reduce their need to reach out to the company to demand this information.
• Determine More Effective Driving Routes
A modern fleet tracking system has access to a vehicle’s historical route data. This can be combined with real-time data from maps to determine the optimal route for the vehicle to pass through during each trip. This helps drivers save time and be more effective when driving. If there is sudden change in traffic conditions during a trip, a new route can also be shown to the driver to follow.
• Increased Fleet Productivity
As the vehicles have their routes optimized and are able to save time, they would be able to make more trips, reduce fuel consumption and ensure driver accountability.
Using an effective fleet tracking system allows managers to detect areas that need improvement during trips so they can make necessary changes. Additionally, vehicle tracking systems help keep drivers, goods and pedestrians safe to avoid injury, lawsuits or need for insurance claims. If used currently, these systems will help save money, mostly by reducing fuel consumption… They also cater to customers, as the features keep them updated on the real-time status or location of their delivery.