Fleet tracking systems have become a necessity in today’s transportation industry. With the advent of Global Positioning System and various means of instant communication, companies are able to follow and communicate with their vehicles at all times as if they were right next to them.
The immediate benefits to these vehicle tracking systems are obvious. Gone are the days of needing drivers to fill out written or even verbal reports on their routes, loads, and time spent in the truck as well as the fuel and other resources they used. Now this vital information is not only recorded on its own and able to be logged for business and financial records, it is also instantly available to be called up and viewed whenever necessary.
The GPS tracking systems have benefits for the drivers are there as well. Today’s dispatchers aren’t just able to follow each vehicle in real time, they’re also able to monitor their surroundings and communicate effectively as to what they may be facing over the course of a trip. This means being able to alert a driver about incoming weather, upcoming traffic or construction and other road conditions that might affect travel.
Drivers also benefit from being able to be alerted of more work easily and quickly. When a load is ready to be received at a given location, that information can be instantly transmitted to a driver close to that area who is able to take the load and transport it to its destination. This leads to more money in the pockets of the operator and better efficiency in operations for the company.
Rising fuel and oil prices have had a tremendous effect on the transportation industry. Costs associated with fueling vehicles have risen to the point of having a significant impact on companies both large and small. Fleet tracking systems help optimize travel times and routes by most effectively guiding and directing trucks around obstacles and through their route. This leads to better gas mileage and lower fuel costs per trip which, when multiplied across entire fleets, can lead to significant savings.
Likewise, being able to effectively direct vehicles to loads that need to be picked up close to their location helps operations run more effectively and efficiently. This lack of extra time, money and effort spent on inefficient means of matching up loads with corresponding trucks has cut down on fuel costs as well as added maintenance costs associated with chronic overuse of vehicles. Fleet tracking systems also have a number of “soft” benefits that aren’t necessarily beneficial to the company or its bottom line, but may add convenience and peace of mind to the driver and even the dispatcher. When combined, all of these real and perceived benefits make any vehicle tracking system a worthwhile purchase.