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Do you need an ELD?

By Janine Brownridge on Oct 3, 2017 in ELD

Set to begin on December 18 and to be officially complied with by April 1, 2018, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is the main topic of discussion within the trucking industry. It also sparks a ton of questions: How much will ELDs cost? How will ELDs benefit my business? The one question that everyone needs to answer first is simply this: Do I need an ELD? Take the quiz below to find out for sure! Linxup has the perfect solution for your ELD needs.

ELDs are not Likely to be Delayed. It's Better to be Safe than Sorry.

By Janine Brownridge on Aug 7, 2017 in ELD
eld

The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is quite the tennis match to watch. Since the idea of ELDs have come into the picture in the early 2000s, it's been an uphill battle of when to implement them into the trucking industry. All of the back and forth between pushing forward with the mandate and delaying it can make everyone's heads turn. However, the chances of the mandate being delayed are predicted to be unlikely, making that shift to ELDs still important to consider sooner rather than later.

How to Create a Fleet Safety Policy

By Dean Cusumano on Jun 27, 2017 in Driver Safety, Linxup GPS
safety policy

No matter how large or small your fleet is, every fleet-based business needs a comprehensive driver safety policy.

Fleet safety policies are formalized rules and guidelines that establish the policies and procedures required to maintain a safe workplace. They achieve this by:

1. Providing rules for safe conduct and vehicle operations.
2. Outlining disciplinary procedures for unsafe driving and moving violations, as well as reward programs for safe drivers.
3. Defining protocol for accidents or collisions.
4. Giving drivers the confidence of knowing that their employer is committed to their safety and the safety of all motorists.

How to Smoothly Transition from Logbooks to ELDs

By Janine Brownridge on June 12, 2017 in ELD, Linxup GPS
eld

On December 16, 1773, a dispute over governement authority lead to the Boston Tea Party. This December, truckers throughout the United States are likely to be equally up in arms about another government ruling that many are leery about. December 2017 is the impending date when electronic logging devices will be adopted by all fleet companies and logging books will be a thing of the past.

5 Ways to Manage the Fleet Driver Shortage

By Dean Cusumano on May 30, 2017 in Productivity
fleet truck

Truck driver shortages have been reported since the 1980s, but as a result of industry growth and an aging workforce, driver deficits have become increasingly widespread and problematic for trucking fleets in recent years. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), in 2015 the shortage left the trucking industry in need of nearly 48,000 qualified drivers.

Keep Your Drivers Safe with 6 Simple Tools

By Paul Liggett on May 15, 2017 in Driver Safety
safety sign

Whether your fleet consists of five or 50 vehicles, keeping your drivers safe while they're on the road is one of the biggest challenges faced by fleet managers in any industry. Formalized fleet safety policies can help create a culture of safety by outlining rules for safe driver conduct, but as soon as your drivers leave the lot, you lose the ability to directly observe their behavior.

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

By Jay Black on May 1, 2017 in Vehicle Maintenance
tire

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the road. They're your first line of defense against inclement weather, and they can significantly impact driver safety, vehicle handling, and fuel economy. Routine inspections can help you identify small problems like uneven tread wear before they become major issues, which will save your business money in the long term by increasing the lifespan of your tires and reducing the likelihood of other, more expensive repairs.

11 Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather

By Paul Liggett on Apr 17, 2017 in Driver Safety
driver safety

From blizzards to thick fog to thunderstorms, hazardous weather happens in every season, and it can pose a serious risk to all drivers. When the weather turns nasty, the safest choice is often to stay off the road altogether, but hanging up your keys isn't always an option for fleet drivers. Adverse weather can lead to reduced visibility and decreased steering ability and traction, as well as increase the amount of time and space it takes to come to a complete stop.

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

By Jay Black on April 3, 2017 in Vehicle Maintenance
vehicle maintenance

Winter is hard on your business's vehicles. Between road salt, blizzards, and frigid temperatures, harsh winter weather can take a toll on everything from your vehicle's body to its internal components and even the interior cabin. Mid-season maintenance can help your vehicles withstand winter, but when the snow melts, a spring check-up is the best thing you can do to keep your business running smoothly until the mercury drops again.

How To Limit Pothole Damage & Keep Your Vehicles On the Road

By Paul Liggett on March 20, 2017 in Vehicle Maintenance
pothole damage

Drivers, rejoice! Spring is nearly here. But when the snow (finally) stops falling and the temperature begins to rise, there's a new hazard to keep your eyes open for: potholes. Potholes form when moisture collects in the small holes and cracks in the road surface. When this moisture freezes in cold temperatures, it expands; when it thaws, it contracts. This process of expansion and contraction weakens the road surface and leads to breakage that, when combined with the weight of passing cars, can lead to potholes.

Detailed Alert Reports Now Available on your Linxup Mobile App

By Jay Black on March 6, 2017 in Linxup News
linxup app

Managing your fleet from the palm of your hand is even easier with the latest update to Linxup's dedicated mobile app for iOS and Android.

What is a Fleet Safety Policy & Why Does Your Business Need One?

By Paul Liggett on February 20, 2017 in Driver Safety
safety policy

Seat belts save nearly 12,000 lives and prevent 325,000 serious injuries every year. Fleet managers will agree that driver safety is paramount, but how do you maintain a safe workplace when your employees work in the field? Fleet managers can't keep their eyes on their employees at all times, so they often rely on GPS tracking devices to see how drivers are acting on the road

7 Mid-winter Tune-up Tips to Keep your Vehicles Running Smoothly All Season Long

By Jay Black on February 6, 2017 in Productivity
tune up

The days might be getting longer, but we're still firmly entrenched in the icy, snowy, slushy depths of winter. Fleet drivers don't have the luxury of staying off the road when the snow is falling. Driving in inclement weather can be stressful for drivers, but it can also be hard on your vehicles.

How to Address Unsafe Driving Habits in 5 Simple Steps

By Jessica Stoddard on January 23, 2017 in Driver Safety
drive safely

Addressing unsafe driving habits can be an awkward experience for both business managers and drivers, but disciplining (or rewarding!) your drivers is an essential component of any effective fleet safety program. It can be tempting to avoid confrontation by turning a blind eye to common, unsafe driving behaviors like speeding and harsh braking, but these habits can lead to collisions and other moving violations.

8 Reasons Your Business Should Have GPS Vehicle Tracking (Blogtrepreneur)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 18, 2017 in Linxup News
vehicle tracking

Keeping costs low and earnings high is essential when you operate a small business. But when you or your drivers work in the field, it can be difficult to identify opportunities to cut your expenses or boost your revenue. Busy business owners need a simple, cost-effective tool that will help them improve their operations, regardless of the size of their fleet.

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How GPS Tracking Helps Manufacturers Boost ROI (The Manufacturer)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 16, 2017 in Linxup News
construction truck

Cutting-edge manufacturing technologies may promise significant gains, but they can be complicated and difficult to implement. Easy-to-use tools like Linxup GPS tracking devices are a cost-effective way for manufacturers to gain insights into employee behavior, how their equipment is being used, and the efficiency of their supply chain.

5 Fleet Management Mistakes that are Costing You Big Money

By Jessica Stoddard on January 9, 2017 in Reducing Costs
reducing costs

According to the Department of Energy, you can assume that each 5 MPH you drive over 60 MPH is the equivalent of an additional $0.21 per gallon of gas (source). When you manage a small or medium-sized business, you're responsible for making critical decisions, such as how to address speeding, that could have a significant impact on your business's bottom line every day. Fleet-based businesses are faced with the additional challenge of managing employees who operate vehicles and work in the field.

9 Ways GPS Tracking Devices Can Improve Your Business Performance (TechWalls)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 6, 2017 in Linxup News, Productivity
linxup device

Today's GPS tracking devices can do more than simply get us from Point A to Point B. They can also collect detailed insights into your fleet's driving habits, making it easier for fleet and business managers to identify opportunities to improve their operations.

One Simple Secret for Reducing Your Fuel Usage

By Jessica Stoddard on December 19, 2016 in Reducing Costs
reduce fuel

Fuel costs are a significant expense for every fleet-based business. Reducing fuel usage is the most effective way to decrease your business's fuel costs, but between fluctuating gas prices and understanding how your drivers operate their vehicles while they're in the field, identifying opportunities to reduce your fleet's overall fuel usage can be challenging.

7 Steps to Prepare Your Fleet for the FMCSA's ELD Final Rule

By Jessica Stoddard on December 5, 2016 in ELD
prepare fleet

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device (ELD) rule, commonly known as the “ELD mandate”. The key to helping your fleet adopt the new mandate is to begin the process early. This will give you time to work out the kinks of your ELD system and ensure that your drivers fully understand why the new rule exists, including how it can help them cut down on paperwork and time spent manually logging hours of service.

6 Ways GPS Tracking Can Help Reduce Costs and Increase Revenue (Small Biz Viewpoints)

By Jessica Stoddard on November 23, 2016 in Linxup GPS
ipad

Many new business management tools and apps claim to provide significant ROI but are unable to deliver on their promise. When you make the decision to invest in new technology for your business, you need to be sure that you're investing in a tool that will actually help reduce operating costs and increase revenue.

How to Identify Unsafe Drivers and Stop Preventable Accidents

By Jessica Stoddard on November 21, 2016 in Driver Safety
truck accident

Maintaining a safe workplace is always a challenge, but when your employees operate a company vehicle and work in the field, that challenge can feel insurmountable. In a conventional office, overseeing employees, encouraging safe behavior, and remedying common dangers such as exposed cords or wet floors is comparatively straightforward.

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Interview: Linxup CTO Naeem Bari Discusses GPS Tracking Devices with Eli the Computer Guy

By Jessica Stoddard on November 9, 2016 in Linxup News
eli computer guy

Linxup's CTO, Naeem Bari, joined Eli the Computer Guy earlier this month to talk about how Linxup GPS tracking devices can help improve fleet productivity, improve driver behavior, and reduce fuel usage.

Is Your Fleet Ready for the Upcoming 2G Network Shutdown?

By Jessica Stoddard on November 7, 2016 in Linxup News
linxup news

Gone are the days of car phones and answering machines. Mobile phone coverage has greatly improved over the last decade – so much so that service providers have started powering down networks that were once considered state-of-the-art. AT&T's decision to shut down their 2G wireless network by the end of 2016 reflects a growing trend in the mobile phone industry towards adopting increasingly powerful networks that are capable of handling more data at faster speeds.

7 Fleet Management Terms You Need to Know

By Jessica Stoddard on October 24, 2016 in Productivity
construction worker

Every industry has its own unique terminology, and the fleet industry is no exception. It's important that fleet managers (and drivers!) keep up to date on industry jargon to stay at the top of their field. To help bulk up your vocabulary, we've compiled a list of fleet management terms you need to know.

Linxup GPS Trackers are a Low-Cost Solution to New FMCSA Rules (HardBoiled by Newegg)

By Jessica Stoddard on October 17, 2016 in Linxup GPS
newegg

The fleet management industry is poised for dramatic change thanks to new rules authorised by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) for commercial vehicles. By the end of 2017, all commercial fleets will be required to have Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) installed in order to comply with requirements for automated hours of service (HOS) reporting.

How to Protect your Fleet Vehicles from Unnecessary Breakdowns

By Jessica Stoddard on October 11, 2016 in Productivity
maintenance

Nothing brings a work day to a screeching halt like a blown tire or dead battery. Unnecessary breakdowns can have a significant impact on your fleet's overall productivity, especially if a vehicle must be taken out of service to undergo major repairs. The key to preventing unnecessary breakdowns and maintaining your fleet's productivity is to establish a routine preventive maintenance schedule – and stick to it!

5 Myths about GPS Fleet Tracking Debunked (The Small Business Expert Blog)

By Jessica Stoddard on September 29, 2016 in Linxup News
highway

GPS tracking may seem complicated and difficult to adopt, but thanks to advances in mobile coverage and GPS technology, it's never been easier for fleet managers in any industry to begin tracking their fleets.

8 Risks of Not Tracking Your Drivers

By Jessica Stoddard on September 26, 2016 in Driver Safety
driver safety

Sending drivers into the field carries an element of risk that all fleet managers face every day. Instituting a fleet-wide safety policy is one way to reduce your liability and encourage safe and efficient driving habits, but the most effective strategy for mitigating your fleet's risk is to understand how your drivers behave in the field.

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Linxup is Now Available on Newegg.com

By Jessica Stoddard on September 19, 2016 in Linxup News
newegg

Linxup is excited to expand its online sales to online tech retailer Newegg.com. Newegg.com has grown steadily since its launch in 2001, and is broadening its product categories beyond computers and electronics to include automotive products such as Linxup GPS tracking devices.

7 Ways GPS Tracking Makes You a Better Fleet Manager

By Jessica Stoddard on September 12, 2016 in Linxup GPS
fleet manager

Effectively managing your fleet-based business is about more than keeping costs low and earnings high – it's also about motivating your workforce, ensuring driver safety, and providing excellent service. Understanding driver behavior is the key to expertly managing your fleet, regardless of size or industry.

8 Ways GPS Tracking Can Benefit Locksmiths

By Ralph Goodman on August 29, 2016 in Linxup in Action
linxup in action

Running a mobile locksmith business takes a lot of work. Besides the requirements of industry-specific knowledge and a knack for unique problem solving, operating a mobile fleet demands a high level of business planning. One of the easiest ways to get around the hassle of learning through trial and error is to use professional tools such as GPS tracking equipment.

Why It Pays to Monitor Fleets with GPS Tracking Devices (The Small Business Expert Blog)

By Jessica Stoddard on August 16, 2016 in Reducing Costs
highway

Every fleet manager faces the daily challenge of monitoring their drivers while they're on the road. Understanding how your employees behave in the field is the key to keeping your expenses low and your revenue high. If you rely on driver reports and anecdotal evidence instead of hard, irrefutable data, reducing your operating costs and increasing your revenue can feel like an impossible task.

Part 7: How Does GPS Tracking Work?

By Jessica Stoddard on August 15, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
ultimate guide

It wasn't long ago that we relied on creative navigational solutions like cane maps and astrolabes to get us from point A to point B. Today's GPS systems are capable of much more than simply providing directions – they're also a powerful tool for businesses hoping to reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve customer service.

How to Get Your Employees on Board with GPS Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on August 1, 2016 in Productivity
employees

Earning support from your drivers is an important step towards successfully implementing a GPS fleet tracking system, but it's also one of the most challenging obstacles for fleet managers to overcome. The advantages of tracking vehicle usage and driver behavior with a GPS device may be clear to fleet managers, but to drivers, having their movements and activities monitored can suggest a lack of trust and may even feel like an unnecessary invasion of privacy.

Part 6: 8 Powerful Features that Only Come with a GPS Tracking Device

By Jessica Stoddard on July 18, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business,
ultimate guide

GPS tracking devices help fleet managers in any industry decrease costs and increase revenue by reducing fuel use, improving driver performance and streamlining fleet management. Are you wondering how can one tool offer so many powerful benefits?

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Linxup Makes it Easy for IKECA Members to Manage Their Business

By Jessica Stoddard on July 5, 2016 in Linxup News
chef cooking

Commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning is a demanding business. IKECA members need a tool that can help them manage their entire crew from anywhere at any time, including monitoring equipment usage and managing night and weekend work schedules. Fleet management and asset tracking devices like Linxup GPS trackers are powerful tools for helping IKECA members meet these demands and exceed client expectations.

Texas Employers are Turning the Signal Green on Traffic Safety

By Lisa Robinson on June 27, 2016 in Driver Safety, Linxup in Action
texas

At Our Driving Concern, we work with employers to promote safe driving behaviors among their employees, both on and off the job. Simply put, our work is good for people and good for business. We steer employers on a course that enables them to combat the costly toll of crashes.

Part 5: 3 Ways GPS Tracking Simplifies Fleet Management

By Jessica Stoddard on June 20, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
ultimate guide

Managers at fleet-based businesses are responsible for overseeing a variety of moving parts, including drivers, vehicles, and heavy equipment. From keeping costs low to tracking assets, GPS tracking devices can improve fleet management and benefit your business in a number of ways.

Alerts Enhancements Are Coming to Your Linxup Smartphone App

By Jessica Stoddard on June 6, 2016 in Linxup News
smartphone

When you spend as much time in the field as your employees, maintaining driver safety and improving service quality can feel like an impossible task. The Linxup mobile app gives fleet managers the flexibility they need to keep their drivers safe and productive while they're in the field, and it's about to get even more powerful.

Part 4: Reduce Theft and Monitor Asset Usage with GPS Asset Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on May 23, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
ultimate guide

Your drivers work hard, and so does your heavy equipment. Many fleets rely on heavy equipment and other assets to deliver exemplary service to their customers, but if your assets break down or get stolen, repairing or replacing your equipment can be both costly and time consuming.

Part 3: 3 More Ways GPS Tracking Benefits Your Business

By Jessica Stoddard on May 9, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
ultimate guide

In Part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business, we explored the ways your business can benefit financially from tracking fleet vehicles and monitoring driver behavior using GPS devices. But the advantages of GPS tracking aren't limited to simply reducing operating costs and increasing revenue.

How To Prevent Fleet Vehicle & Asset Theft

By Jessica Stoddard on April 25, 2016 in Productivity
car theft

When a Honda Pilot was left idling outside a New York City bank, a North Carolina man on what was described as a “one man crime spree” seized the opportunity to escape in the vehicle. Unfortunately for him, the Pilot's owner had a Linxup tracking device installed in the car. Although her phone was also taken with the vehicle, police were able to download the free Linxup mobile app to an officer's phone, log in to the woman's account, and track the vehicle over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Part 2: How GPS Tracking Reduces Costs and Increases Revenue

By Jessica Stoddard on April 11, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
ultimate guide

It's important for small and medium-sized businesses to keep costs low and revenue high, but when margins are tight, investing in new tools and software that promise to do just that can seem unnecessary and even wasteful. When you take the plunge and adopt a new tool, make sure it's one with a proven track record.

Part 1: Which Industries can Benefit from GPS Tracking?

By Jessica Stoddard on March 28, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
ultimate guide

It's hard to imagine a time before GPS, but it wasn't too long ago when people navigated using nothing but the stars or tools like astrolabes or compasses. People even relied on clever tools like cane maps and miniature scrolls hidden inside watches. But thanks to advances in satellite technology and mobile phone networks, we no longer have to depend on tiny maps hidden away in our apparel.

Alerts Enhancements Coming Soon: Receive Alerts Customized to your Fleet

By Jessica Stoddard on March 14, 2016 in Linxup News
alerts

Real-time alerts from your GPS tracking system can help you stop problems as they happen. Receiving immediate notifications for certain behaviors is useful in some situations, for example when a vehicle or piece of equipment is leaving an area without authorization, but depending on the size and structure of your fleet, receiving an alert every time a particular event occurs can be impractical and maybe even a little annoying.

How to Negotiate a Discount on your Fleet Insurance

By Jessica Stoddard on February 29, 2016 in Reducing Costs
negotiation

Does anyone actually look forward to speaking with their insurance agent? Most of the time, we only talk to our agents to make a claim or negotiate a new premium – neither of which are particularly pleasant. But if you think you deserve a break on your premiums, don't be afraid to speak up, even if your policy isn't up for renewal. Asking for a discount is easy when you know your drivers are safe and your vehicles are secure.

Save Money on Your Vehicle Insurance with GPS Fleet Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on February 1, 2016 in Reducing Costs
vehicle insurance

As of 2012, there were more than 5.4 million fleet cars in service in the United States, and the number of fleet trucks, vans, and SUVs was estimated to exceed 11.7 million. That's a lot of fleet vehicles – and a lot of insurance to protect them. Vehicle insurance is a major source of spending for fleet-based businesses, but it doesn't need to be.

How to Cash in on GPS Vehicle Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on January 18, 2016 in Reducing Costs
cash signs

Investing in new tools and technology can be a daunting prospect for fleet managers. Many tools and apps make lofty claims but fall short on delivering the desired results, leaving fleet managers wondering whether they should gamble on something new or stick to the status quo. How can you be sure you'll see a return on your investment?

5 Ways Your Smartphone Can Improve Fleet Management

By Jessica Stoddard on January 4, 2016 in Driver Safety
smartphone

Having trouble managing your fleet when you're on the go? There's an app for that. With important information like speed, schedules, and safety scores conveniently available on demand in the palm of your hand, a mobile GPS tracking app gives you the power to better manage your time, individual drivers, and your entire fleet. What else can a mobile GPS tracking app help you do? Let's find out.

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Driver Safety

How to Create a Fleet Safety Policy

By Dean Cusumano on Jun 27, 2017 in Driver Safety, Linxup GPS
safety policy

No matter how large or small your fleet is, every fleet-based business needs a comprehensive driver safety policy.

Fleet safety policies are formalized rules and guidelines that establish the policies and procedures required to maintain a safe workplace. They achieve this by:

1. Providing rules for safe conduct and vehicle operations.
2. Outlining disciplinary procedures for unsafe driving and moving violations, as well as reward programs for safe drivers.
3. Defining protocol for accidents or collisions.
4. Giving drivers the confidence of knowing that their employer is committed to their safety and the safety of all motorists.

Keep Your Drivers Safe with 6 Simple Tools

By Paul Liggett on May 15, 2017 in Driver Safety
driver safety

Whether your fleet consists of five or 50 vehicles, keeping your drivers safe while they're on the road is one of the biggest challenges faced by fleet managers in any industry. Formalized fleet safety policies can help create a culture of safety by outlining rules for safe driver conduct, but as soon as your drivers leave the lot, you lose the ability to directly observe their behavior and ensure their safety behind the wheel.

11 Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather

By Paul Liggett on Apr 17, 2017 in Driver Safety
inclement weather

From blizzards to thick fog to thunderstorms, hazardous weather happens in every season, and it can pose a serious risk to all drivers. When the weather turns nasty, the safest choice is often to stay off the road altogether, but hanging up your keys isn't always an option for fleet drivers. Adverse weather can lead to reduced visibility and decreased steering ability and traction, as well as increase the amount of time and space it takes to come to a complete stop.

What is a Fleet Safety Policy & Why Does Your Business Need One?

By Paul Liggett on February 20, 2017 in Driver Safety
safety policy

Seat belts save nearly 12,000 lives and prevent 325,000 serious injuries every year. Fleet managers will agree that driver safety is paramount, but how do you maintain a safe workplace when your employees work in the field? Fleet managers can't keep their eyes on their employees at all times, so they often rely on GPS tracking devices to see how drivers are acting on the road

How to Address Unsafe Driving Habits in 5 Simple Steps

By Jessica Stoddard on January 23, 2017 in Driver Safety
unsafe driving

Addressing unsafe driving habits can be an awkward experience for both business managers and drivers, but disciplining (or rewarding!) your drivers is an essential component of any effective fleet safety program. It can be tempting to avoid confrontation by turning a blind eye to common, unsafe driving behaviors like speeding and harsh braking, but these habits can lead to collisions and other moving violations.

How to Identify Unsafe Drivers and Stop Preventable Accidents

By Jessica Stoddard on November 21, 2016 in Driver Safety
driver safety

Maintaining a safe workplace is always a challenge, but when your employees operate a company vehicle and work in the field, that challenge can feel insurmountable. In a conventional office, overseeing employees, encouraging safe behavior, and remedying common dangers such as exposed cords or wet floors is comparatively straightforward.

8 Risks of Not Tracking Your Drivers

By Jessica Stoddard on September 26, 2016 in Driver Safety
driver safety

Sending drivers into the field carries an element of risk that all fleet managers face every day. Instituting a fleet-wide safety policy is one way to reduce your liability and encourage safe and efficient driving habits, but the most effective strategy for mitigating your fleet's risk is to understand how your drivers behave in the field.

Texas Employers are Turning the Signal Green on Traffic Safety

By Lisa Robinson on June 27, 2016 in Driver Safety, Linxup in Action
texas

At Our Driving Concern, we work with employers to promote safe driving behaviors among their employees, both on and off the job. Simply put, our work is good for people and good for business. We steer employers on a course that enables them to combat the costly toll of crashes.

5 Ways Your Smartphone Can Improve Fleet Management

By Jessica Stoddard on January 4, 2016 in Driver Safety
smartphone

Having trouble managing your fleet when you're on the go? There's an app for that. With important information like speed, schedules, and safety scores conveniently available on demand in the palm of your hand, a mobile GPS tracking app gives you the power to better manage your time, individual drivers, and your entire fleet. What else can a mobile GPS tracking app help you do? Let's find out.

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ELD

ELDs are not Likely to be Delayed. It's Better to be Safe than Sorry.

By Janine Brownridge on Aug 7, 2017 in ELD
eld

The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is quite the tennis match to watch. Since the idea of ELDs have come into the picture in the early 2000s, it's been an uphill battle of when to implement them into the trucking industry. All of the back and forth between pushing forward with the mandate and delaying it can make everyone's heads turn. However, the chances of the mandate being delayed are predicted to be unlikely, making that shift to ELDs still important to consider sooner rather than later.

How to Smoothly Transition from Logbooks to ELDs

By Janine Brownridge on June 12, 2017 in ELD, Linxup GPS
highway

On December 16, 1773, a dispute over governement authority lead to the Boston Tea Party. This December, truckers throughout the United States are likely to be equally up in arms about another government ruling that many are leery about. December 2017 is the impending date when electronic logging devices will be adopted by all fleet companies and logging books will be a thing of the past.

7 Steps to Prepare Your Fleet for the FMCSA's ELD Final Rule

By Jessica Stoddard on December 5, 2016 in ELD
prepare fleet

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device (ELD) rule, commonly known as the “ELD mandate”. The key to helping your fleet adopt the new mandate is to begin the process early. This will give you time to work out the kinks of your ELD system and ensure that your drivers fully understand why the new rule exists, including how it can help them cut down on paperwork and time spent manually logging hours of service.

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How to Create a Fleet Safety Policy

By Dean Cusumano on Jun 27, 2017 in Driver Safety, Linxup GPS
safety policy

No matter how large or small your fleet is, every fleet-based business needs a comprehensive driver safety policy.

Fleet safety policies are formalized rules and guidelines that establish the policies and procedures required to maintain a safe workplace. They achieve this by:

1. Providing rules for safe conduct and vehicle operations.
2. Outlining disciplinary procedures for unsafe driving and moving violations, as well as reward programs for safe drivers.
3. Defining protocol for accidents or collisions.
4. Giving drivers the confidence of knowing that their employer is committed to their safety and the safety of all motorists.

How to Smoothly Transition from Logbooks to ELDs

By Janine Brownridge on June 12, 2017 in ELD, Linxup GPS
highway

On December 16, 1773, a dispute over governement authority lead to the Boston Tea Party. This December, truckers throughout the United States are likely to be equally up in arms about another government ruling that many are leery about. December 2017 is the impending date when electronic logging devices will be adopted by all fleet companies and logging books will be a thing of the past.

6 Ways GPS Tracking Can Help Reduce Costs and Increase Revenue (Small Biz Viewpoints)

By Jessica Stoddard on November 23, 2016 in Linxup GPS
linxup gps

Many new business management tools and apps claim to provide significant ROI but are unable to deliver on their promise. When you make the decision to invest in new technology for your business, you need to be sure that you're investing in a tool that will actually help reduce operating costs and increase revenue.

Linxup GPS Trackers are a Low-Cost Solution to New FMCSA Rules (HardBoiled by Newegg)

By Jessica Stoddard on October 17, 2016 in Linxup GPS
linxup gps

The fleet management industry is poised for dramatic change thanks to new rules authorised by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) for commercial vehicles. By the end of 2017, all commercial fleets will be required to have Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) installed in order to comply with requirements for automated hours of service (HOS) reporting.

7 Ways GPS Tracking Makes You a Better Fleet Manager

By Jessica Stoddard on September 12, 2016 in Linxup GPS
linxup gps

Effectively managing your fleet-based business is about more than keeping costs low and earnings high – it's also about motivating your workforce, ensuring driver safety, and providing excellent service. Understanding driver behavior is the key to expertly managing your fleet, regardless of size or industry.

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Linxup in Action

8 Ways GPS Tracking Can Benefit Locksmiths

By Ralph Goodman on August 29, 2016 in Linxup in Action
linxup in action

Running a mobile locksmith business takes a lot of work. Besides the requirements of industry-specific knowledge and a knack for unique problem solving, operating a mobile fleet demands a high level of business planning. One of the easiest ways to get around the hassle of learning through trial and error is to use professional tools such as GPS tracking equipment.

Texas Employers are Turning the Signal Green on Traffic Safety

By Lisa Robinson on June 27, 2016 in Driver Safety, Linxup in Action
linxup in action

At Our Driving Concern, we work with employers to promote safe driving behaviors among their employees, both on and off the job. Simply put, our work is good for people and good for business. We steer employers on a course that enables them to combat the costly toll of crashes.

Linxup Blog

Linxup News

Detailed Alert Reports Now Available on your Linxup Mobile App

By Jay Black on March 6, 2017 in Linxup News
linxup news

Managing your fleet from the palm of your hand is even easier with the latest update to Linxup's dedicated mobile app for iOS and Android.

8 Reasons Your Business Should Have GPS Vehicle Tracking (Blogtrepreneur)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 18, 2017 in Linxup News
linxup news

Keeping costs low and earnings high is essential when you operate a small business. But when you or your drivers work in the field, it can be difficult to identify opportunities to cut your expenses or boost your revenue. Busy business owners need a simple, cost-effective tool that will help them improve their operations, regardless of the size of their fleet.

How GPS Tracking Helps Manufacturers Boost ROI (The Manufacturer)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 16, 2017 in Linxup News
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Cutting-edge manufacturing technologies may promise significant gains, but they can be complicated and difficult to implement. Easy-to-use tools like Linxup GPS tracking devices are a cost-effective way for manufacturers to gain insights into employee behavior, how their equipment is being used, and the efficiency of their supply chain.

9 Ways GPS Tracking Devices Can Improve Your Business Performance (TechWalls)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 6, 2017 in Linxup News, Productivity
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Today's GPS tracking devices can do more than simply get us from Point A to Point B. They can also collect detailed insights into your fleet's driving habits, making it easier for fleet and business managers to identify opportunities to improve their operations.

Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

By Jessica Stoddard on November 9, 2016 in Linxup News
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Linxup's CTO, Naeem Bari, joined Eli the Computer Guy earlier this month to talk about how Linxup GPS tracking devices can help improve fleet productivity, improve driver behavior, and reduce fuel usage.

Is Your Fleet Ready for the Upcoming 2G Network Shutdown?

By Jessica Stoddard on November 7, 2016 in Linxup News
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Gone are the days of car phones and answering machines. Mobile phone coverage has greatly improved over the last decade – so much so that service providers have started powering down networks that were once considered state-of-the-art. AT&T's decision to shut down their 2G wireless network by the end of 2016 reflects a growing trend in the mobile phone industry towards adopting increasingly powerful networks that are capable of handling more data at faster speeds.

5 Myths about GPS Fleet Tracking Debunked (The Small Business Expert Blog)

By Jessica Stoddard on September 29, 2016 in Linxup News
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GPS tracking may seem complicated and difficult to adopt, but thanks to advances in mobile coverage and GPS technology, it's never been easier for fleet managers in any industry to begin tracking their fleets.

Linxup is Now Available on Newegg.com

By Jessica Stoddard on September 19, 2016 in Linxup News
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Linxup is excited to expand its online sales to online tech retailer Newegg.com. Newegg.com has grown steadily since its launch in 2001, and is broadening its product categories beyond computers and electronics to include automotive products such as Linxup GPS tracking devices.

Linxup Makes it Easy for IKECA Members to Manage Their Business

By Jessica Stoddard on July 5, 2016 in Linxup News
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Commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning is a demanding business. IKECA members need a tool that can help them manage their entire crew from anywhere at any time, including monitoring equipment usage and managing night and weekend work schedules. Fleet management and asset tracking devices like Linxup GPS trackers are powerful tools for helping IKECA members meet these demands and exceed client expectations.

Alerts Enhancements Are Coming to Your Linxup Smartphone App

By Jessica Stoddard on June 6, 2016 in Linxup News
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When you spend as much time in the field as your employees, maintaining driver safety and improving service quality can feel like an impossible task. The Linxup mobile app gives fleet managers the flexibility they need to keep their drivers safe and productive while they're in the field, and it's about to get even more powerful.

Alerts Enhancements Coming Soon: Receive Alerts Customized to your Fleet

By Jessica Stoddard on March 14, 2016 in Linxup News
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Real-time alerts from your GPS tracking system can help you stop problems as they happen. Receiving immediate notifications for certain behaviors is useful in some situations, for example when a vehicle or piece of equipment is leaving an area without authorization, but depending on the size and structure of your fleet, receiving an alert every time a particular event occurs can be impractical and maybe even a little annoying.

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Productivity

5 Ways to Manage the Fleet Driver Shortage

By Dean Cusumano on May 30, 2017 in Productivity
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Truck driver shortages have been reported since the 1980s, but as a result of industry growth and an aging workforce, driver deficits have become increasingly widespread and problematic for trucking fleets in recent years. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), in 2015 the shortage left the trucking industry in need of nearly 48,000 qualified drivers.

7 Mid-winter Tune-up Tips to Keep your Vehicles Running Smoothly All Season Long

By Jay Black on February 6, 2017 in Productivity
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The days might be getting longer, but we're still firmly entrenched in the icy, snowy, slushy depths of winter. Fleet drivers don't have the luxury of staying off the road when the snow is falling. Driving in inclement weather can be stressful for drivers, but it can also be hard on your vehicles.

9 Ways GPS Tracking Devices Can Improve Your Business Performance (TechWalls)

By Jessica Stoddard on January 6, 2017 in Linxup News, Productivity
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Today's GPS tracking devices can do more than simply get us from Point A to Point B. They can also collect detailed insights into your fleet's driving habits, making it easier for fleet and business managers to identify opportunities to improve their operations.

7 Fleet Management Terms You Need to Know

By Jessica Stoddard on October 24, 2016 in Productivity
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Every industry has its own unique terminology, and the fleet industry is no exception. It's important that fleet managers (and drivers!) keep up to date on industry jargon to stay at the top of their field. To help bulk up your vocabulary, we've compiled a list of fleet management terms you need to know.

How to Protect your Fleet Vehicles from Unnecessary Breakdowns

By Jessica Stoddard on October 11, 2016 in Productivity
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Nothing brings a work day to a screeching halt like a blown tire or dead battery. Unnecessary breakdowns can have a significant impact on your fleet's overall productivity, especially if a vehicle must be taken out of service to undergo major repairs. The key to preventing unnecessary breakdowns and maintaining your fleet's productivity is to establish a routine preventive maintenance schedule – and stick to it!

How to Get Your Employees on Board with GPS Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on August 1, 2016 in Productivity
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Earning support from your drivers is an important step towards successfully implementing a GPS fleet tracking system, but it's also one of the most challenging obstacles for fleet managers to overcome. The advantages of tracking vehicle usage and driver behavior with a GPS device may be clear to fleet managers, but to drivers, having their movements and activities monitored can suggest a lack of trust and may even feel like an unnecessary invasion of privacy.

How To Prevent Fleet Vehicle & Asset Theft

By Jessica Stoddard on April 25, 2016 in Productivity
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When a Honda Pilot was left idling outside a New York City bank, a North Carolina man on what was described as a “one man crime spree” seized the opportunity to escape in the vehicle. Unfortunately for him, the Pilot's owner had a Linxup tracking device installed in the car. Although her phone was also taken with the vehicle, police were able to download the free Linxup mobile app to an officer's phone, log in to the woman's account, and track the vehicle over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Reducing Costs

5 Fleet Management Mistakes that are Costing You Big Money

By Jessica Stoddard on January 9, 2017 in Reducing Costs
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According to the Department of Energy, you can assume that each 5 MPH you drive over 60 MPH is the equivalent of an additional $0.21 per gallon of gas (source). When you manage a small or medium-sized business, you're responsible for making critical decisions, such as how to address speeding, that could have a significant impact on your business's bottom line every day. Fleet-based businesses are faced with the additional challenge of managing employees who operate vehicles and work in the field.

One Simple Secret for Reducing Your Fuel Usage

By Jessica Stoddard on December 19, 2016 in Reducing Costs
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Fuel costs are a significant expense for every fleet-based business. Reducing fuel usage is the most effective way to decrease your business's fuel costs, but between fluctuating gas prices and understanding how your drivers operate their vehicles while they're in the field, identifying opportunities to reduce your fleet's overall fuel usage can be challenging.

Why It Pays to Monitor Fleets with GPS Tracking Devices (The Small Business Expert Blog)

By Jessica Stoddard on August 16, 2016 in Reducing Costs
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Every fleet manager faces the daily challenge of monitoring their drivers while they're on the road. Understanding how your employees behave in the field is the key to keeping your expenses low and your revenue high. If you rely on driver reports and anecdotal evidence instead of hard, irrefutable data, reducing your operating costs and increasing your revenue can feel like an impossible task.

How to Negotiate a Discount on your Fleet Insurance

By Jessica Stoddard on February 29, 2016 in Reducing Costs
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Does anyone actually look forward to speaking with their insurance agent? Most of the time, we only talk to our agents to make a claim or negotiate a new premium – neither of which are particularly pleasant. But if you think you deserve a break on your premiums, don't be afraid to speak up, even if your policy isn't up for renewal. Asking for a discount is easy when you know your drivers are safe and your vehicles are secure.

Save Money on Your Vehicle Insurance with GPS Fleet Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on February 1, 2016 in Reducing Costs
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As of 2012, there were more than 5.4 million fleet cars in service in the United States, and the number of fleet trucks, vans, and SUVs was estimated to exceed 11.7 million. That's a lot of fleet vehicles – and a lot of insurance to protect them. Vehicle insurance is a major source of spending for fleet-based businesses, but it doesn't need to be.

How to Cash in on GPS Vehicle Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on January 18, 2016 in Reducing Costs
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Investing in new tools and technology can be a daunting prospect for fleet managers. Many tools and apps make lofty claims but fall short on delivering the desired results, leaving fleet managers wondering whether they should gamble on something new or stick to the status quo. How can you be sure you'll see a return on your investment?

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Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business

Part 7: How Does GPS Tracking Work?

By Jessica Stoddard on August 15, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
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It wasn't long ago that we relied on creative navigational solutions like cane maps and astrolabes to get us from point A to point B. Today's GPS systems are capable of much more than simply providing directions – they're also a powerful tool for businesses hoping to reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve customer service.

Part 6: 8 Powerful Features that Only Come with a GPS Tracking Device

By Jessica Stoddard on July 18, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business,
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GPS tracking devices help fleet managers in any industry decrease costs and increase revenue by reducing fuel use, improving driver performance and streamlining fleet management. Are you wondering how can one tool offer so many powerful benefits?

Part 5: 3 Ways GPS Tracking Simplifies Fleet Management

By Jessica Stoddard on June 20, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
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Managers at fleet-based businesses are responsible for overseeing a variety of moving parts, including drivers, vehicles, and heavy equipment. From keeping costs low to tracking assets, GPS tracking devices can improve fleet management and benefit your business in a number of ways.

Part 4: Reduce Theft and Monitor Asset Usage with GPS Asset Tracking

By Jessica Stoddard on May 23, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
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Your drivers work hard, and so does your heavy equipment. Many fleets rely on heavy equipment and other assets to deliver exemplary service to their customers, but if your assets break down or get stolen, repairing or replacing your equipment can be both costly and time consuming.

Part 3: 3 More Ways GPS Tracking Benefits Your Business

By Jessica Stoddard on May 9, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
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In Part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business, we explored the ways your business can benefit financially from tracking fleet vehicles and monitoring driver behavior using GPS devices. But the advantages of GPS tracking aren't limited to simply reducing operating costs and increasing revenue.

Part 2: How GPS Tracking Reduces Costs and Increases Revenue

By Jessica Stoddard on April 11, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
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It's important for small and medium-sized businesses to keep costs low and revenue high, but when margins are tight, investing in new tools and software that promise to do just that can seem unnecessary and even wasteful. When you take the plunge and adopt a new tool, make sure it's one with a proven track record.

Part 1: Which Industries can Benefit from GPS Tracking?

By Jessica Stoddard on March 28, 2016 in Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business
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It's hard to imagine a time before GPS, but it wasn't too long ago when people navigated using nothing but the stars or tools like astrolabes or compasses. People even relied on clever tools like cane maps and miniature scrolls hidden inside watches. But thanks to advances in satellite technology and mobile phone networks, we no longer have to depend on tiny maps hidden away in our apparel.

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Vehicle Maintenance

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

By Jay Black on May 1, 2017 in Vehicle Maintenance
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Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the road. They're your first line of defense against inclement weather, and they can significantly impact driver safety, vehicle handling, and fuel economy. Routine inspections can help you identify small problems like uneven tread wear before they become major issues, which will save your business money in the long term by increasing the lifespan of your tires and reducing the likelihood of other, more expensive repairs.

Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

By Jay Black on April 3, 2017 in Vehicle Maintenance
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Winter is hard on your business's vehicles. Between road salt, blizzards, and frigid temperatures, harsh winter weather can take a toll on everything from your vehicle's body to its internal components and even the interior cabin. Mid-season maintenance can help your vehicles withstand winter, but when the snow melts, a spring check-up is the best thing you can do to keep your business running smoothly until the mercury drops again.

How To Limit Pothole Damage & Keep Your Vehicles On the Road

By Paul Liggett on March 20, 2017 in Vehicle Maintenance
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Drivers, rejoice! Spring is nearly here. But when the snow (finally) stops falling and the temperature begins to rise, there's a new hazard to keep your eyes open for: potholes. Potholes form when moisture collects in the small holes and cracks in the road surface. When this moisture freezes in cold temperatures, it expands; when it thaws, it contracts. This process of expansion and contraction weakens the road surface and leads to breakage that, when combined with the weight of passing cars, can lead to potholes.