Vehicle tracking: Tracking your fleet could save you time, money and headaches
If you thought vehicle tracking was just another example of an
increasingly 'big brother' nation, then think again. The digital
revolution has irrevocably influenced everything we do; vehicle
tracking simply makes use of the technology that is available to us
today in order to improve and further our businesses.
Whether your vehicle fleet consists of 2 or 2,000 vehicles, by
making use of a vehicle tracking system in your business you could
make considerable savings and reap rewards including reduced costs,
increased productivity and happier customers.
What is a vehicle tracking system?
Well, it's more or less what it says on the tin. A vehicle
tracking system comprises a vehicle tracking unit which is
installed into each of your vehicles and generally uses GPS to
determine their exact position. Along with this, computer
software enables you to track the location of your vehicles via a
web-enabled computer in real-time, 24 hours a day.
Depending on the specific vehicle tracking system, you also have
access to a whole menu of other information including vehicle speed
and direction, fuel consumption and stop and idle times.
What are the benefits?
Regardless of the size of your fleet, there are many advantages
to installing a vehicle tracking syst:
- Reduced operational costs: Vehicle tracking allows
you to monitor all vehicle and fuel usage, including fuel and
mileage abuse, speeding, heavy breaking or extreme acceleration. It
can also direct drivers to the most cost efficient routes and
highlight times when vehicles are left running for no reason and
burning unnecessary fuel, such as on a delivery. By managing your
staff and their vehicles more effectively using vehicle tracking,
you could see a marked reduction in operational costs and increased
- Better vehicle management: Because vehicle
tracking allows you to see where each vehicle in your fleet is at
any moment in time, you are able to despatch the closest available
vehicle to a job. This will not only save fuel, once
again reducing your costs, but also allow you to complete more jobs
in less time, allowing increased productivity.
- Happy customers: Vehicle tracking enables you to
be much more accurate on delivery times to customers. This not only
means happier, better informed customers (who wants to wait in
between 9am and 6pm for a delivery?!) but may also give you a
competitive edge, which is not to be sniffed at in these current
economic times. This increased control and better management of
time will inevitably enhance your company's productivity.
- Reduced paperwork: Vehicle tracking can cut out
the need for manual time sheets, overtime sheets and delivery
records and make this kind of administration much more accurate. It
means that admin staff can stop chasing the whereabouts of drivers,
vehicles and paperwork and get on with other important tasks.
- Reduced insurance premiums: Car insurance
companies have also recognised the benefits of vehicle tracking and
by installing a vehicle tracking system you could reduce your
insurance premiums by a significant amount. Also, if one of your
vehicles is ever stolen, vehicle tracking will increase your
likelihood of recovering it.
Taking into account all of the gains of vehicle tracking in
terms of increased productivity, reduced operational costs and more
satisfied customers, vehicle tracking should in fact be considered
as 'big benefits' rather than 'big brother'.
This post was written by Ed Langley on behalf of RAM
Tracking. Find out more about vehicle tracking on the RAM Tracking
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