Vehicle tracking systems, allow the tracking of vehicles using GPS and mobile technologies to report back to a web based platform. This enables users to view live tracking information, review routes and speeds, driver and vehicle performance, fuel management and route optimisation and preventing theft.
More importantly the system provides all this data via reports to enable analysis of activity to make more informed decisions on fleet operations.
Technology is great but business decisions are most often based on the benefits that any investment will bring. So questions such as, what will vehicle tracking integrated into a fleet bring? What are the advantages and why should a vehicle tracking system be used? are considered.
Vehicle tracking system can bring the advantage of better financial management. This is thanks to the information on fuel consumption and better fuel management, eliminating unwanted behaviour from drivers such as speeding and better management of idle and maintenance time.
Cost saving and cost cutting can be further facilitated by discounts offered from insurance companies. These companies tend to give discounts for companies, who use vehicle tracking system in their fleet management as it provides more information on fleet and improves safety of employees and the fleet.
Thanks to vehicle tracking systems it is possible to reduce traffic accidents, as well as avoid any problems on the way, traffic jams and construction on the roads.
All the information gained from vehicle tracking system can lead into better management of all business processes. That also includes better service for the customers, as it is possible to see the route, stops, idle time and possible arrival time.
Vehicle tracking system can bring the advantage of better employee management thanks to information on fuel management and monitoring of driver’s behaviour. Thanks to these features, it is possible to see better and worse performing employees. Besides this, it is also possible to use all the information gained for better training of drivers.
Administration is facilitated thanks to vehicle tracking systems. Time saved on administration can be used for processes that need more attention and therefore it could lead to a more efficient business.
Improved administration can add to better time management. However, time management can be improved also thanks to better employee management, fuel management, monitoring of driver’s behaviour, routes tracking, but also thanks to reports and its consequent analysis.
Among very common features of vehicle tracking systems is theft prevention. This feature send alerts and notifications whenever a suspicious behaviour occurs and allows a quick reaction to this behaviour. This feature can also avoid excessive costs of acquiring new vehicle.
Good lifecycle management is crucial to efficient fleet management. With tracking systems, it is possible to improve lifecycle management - with information such as technical information on the vehicle (engine, tyres and more), with known driver behaviour and information on idle time, maintenance time and service needed.
Thanks to all the information gained from vehicle tracking systems, vehicles will be used more efficiently - from identification of high mileage vehicles to avoid excess mileage costs to more efficient use of fuel, better driver behaviours, better routes taken, the possibility to avoid traffic and construction, but also employee fraud avoidance can lead to better vehicle utilization.