Fleet management is a difficult business to monitor because of the number of vehicles that need to be under constant watch at all times. Even before the technology was implemented that made management easier, fleet based businesses worked reasonably well with the tools available. Then, radios came along and were instrumental in bringing a whole new level of control to routing and communicating while drivers were in transit.
GPS Tracking technology has been around for years and fleet operations are now enjoying the benefits of these systems. But, until recently, they have been cost prohibitive. Now, you can outfit one vehicle for just several hundred dollars. This makes GPS Tracking systems no longer a big-business feature. Now smaller businesses can afford them as well and in the process, give the big guys a run for their money.
The most important benefits of GPS Tracking devices for fleet management are:
Instant Location Monitoring Need to know where your vehicles are located? Need to know right now so that you can re-route a driver to a new location and customer address? You can with GPS Tracking which provides real-time tracking and monitoring.
Direction of Travel Monitoring If you need a visual on where your vehicle is heading, the GPS Tracking device will provide that look for you. Now you can know the direction of travel that is being used on a route to make sure that it is the best one based on traffic patterns, construction activity and even accidents.
Speed and Stops Made Are your drivers maintaining compliance with the laws and rules of the road? You can know in an instant and with reports that can be generated from a GPS Tracking system.
Vehicle Maintenance Monitoring vehicles for maintenance is a simple task of obtaining odometer readings, right? Not necessarily. Do some of your vehicles traverse miles of rough roads and streets or move through hilly avenues and roads? If so, they are more likely to develop break-downs sooner than the other vehicles. Now, you can add a measure of proactive, environment-based maintenance scheduling to your fleet management.
Insurance Savings Insurance companies are eager to save money by being able to recover from vehicle thefts quicker. GPS Tracking devices provides this method. The cost savings alone on insurance for the end user is enough to justify the acquisition of these fleet management devices.
GPS Tracking will provide you with enough added control that those elusive profits that you have been chasing will now be closer to reality. And to think it all starts with a small satellite transceiver that you can hold in your hand.
James Neely, Writer and Entrepreneur