Managing a large fleet of vehicles and a crew of drivers can be a daunting task especially if you are depending on the traditional way of doing things; however, it doesn’t have to resemble rocket science if you have access to the kind of information that can help you to make the right decision so you fleet can perform better.
Driver location: As a fleet owner or manager, you should be able to know where a particular driver and their vehicle are 24/7 or else you will be in a lot of trouble. You should invest in a GPS tracking system that allows you to have instant knowledge of the location of all your drivers, the direction they are driving and at what speed, how long they stopped at a particular location so that you have peace of mind. When there is an emergency situation and back-up is required, when the fleet tracking system shows you the location of all other drivers will help you to easily dispatch the nearest driver so as to avoid delaying your customers.
Driver behavior: When you know where all your drivers are is only one piece of a complicated puzzle; you also want to know what your drivers are actually doing behind the wheel so that you can get the whole picture and especially when they have been involved in another accident. You will remember that your drivers are part of the company and you will trust them to help in presenting a positive image for the company. A vehicle tracking system will help you know if the drivers are slamming on the brakes, taking corners at high speed or stomping on the gas pedals. Knowing and curbing these and other bad driver habits is one of the ways to reduce the number of accidents as well as eliminating unnecessary speeding tickets and cut down on a vehicle’s wear and tear.
Driver destinations: As a fleet manager you also need to have an idea on where your drivers go throughout the day; you want to know places where individual drivers frequent so that you can set up boundaries that will keep the drivers safe and enhance productivity. This will also help you as manager to gain a better understanding how the drivers use their time as well as how many scheduled and unscheduled stops they make during the day.it is an open secret that drivers will stick to their schedules, provide excellent customer care and enhance a company’s profit-making when they know that there is a GPS tracking system watching over their vehicle 24/7.
Missed maintenance appointments: With fleet tracking you cannot miss important scheduled maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotation or any general vehicle service appointment because it will not be dependent on your memory.