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7 Ways GPS Tracking Makes You a Better Fleet Manager

By Jessica Stoddard Back to Home on Sept 12, 2016
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. When you know how your drivers behave on the road, you can make informed decisions that will help make you a more efficient and effective fleet manager. But how do you monitor driver behavior when your employees work in the field all day?

GPS tracking devices act as your eyes while your drivers are on the job. By giving you insights into driver behavior, GPS tracking devices make it easy for you to improve fleet management by increasing driver safety and delivering better service to your customers. Here's how GPS tracking helps you be a better fleet manager:

1. Prioritizing driver safety

A study conducted by ACA Research in 2012 indicates that employee safety is one of the most pressing concerns for fleet managers. The best GPS tracking devices include features that help fleet managers maintain and improve driver safety, such as:

  • Alerts: Receive real-time alerts or alert summaries for unsafe driving behaviors, such as excessive speeding, rapid acceleration, and harsh braking.
  • Driver safety report cards: Review daily safety grades for individual drivers or your entire fleet, as well as safety trends over time, and identify areas where your fleet can reduce and eliminate unsafe behaviors.
Safety report

Learn more about how GPS tracking can help improve driver safety.

2. Enhancing customer satisfaction

GPS tracking devices can help your fleet reach more customers every day by enabling fleet managers to identify opportunities to improve dispatch and routing. And in addition to getting your drivers to their next job site faster, features like live traffic updates and real-time location tracking help you manage customer expectations by providing accurate ETAs.

3. Keeping fleet vehicles in top condition

Forget manually tracking vehicle maintenance – GPS tracking devices can be used to automate routine maintenance schedules. Simply input your maintenance schedule and your GPS device will send you email or text message alerts whenever maintenance is due.

Schedule maintenance

Learn more about how GPS tracking can automate vehicle maintenance.

4. Reducing fuel use and operating costs

A 10 mph increase in speed from 65 to 75 mph can increase a single vehicle's fuel use by up to 20%, and an hour spent idling can burn up to a full gallon of gas.

Reduce fuel

In addition to recording routes and stop information, GPS tracking devices also collect data on wasteful driving behaviors such as idling, speeding, and unauthorized use. These insights help fleet managers increase their fleet's sustainability and reduce operating costs by making it easy to identify opportunities to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%.

5. Protecting drivers from false claims

GPS tracking can help you protect your drivers against fraudulent claims. For example, if a customer claims your technician arrived late or billed incorrectly, you can confirm your driver's arrival and departure times with their GPS tracking data and use this information to confidently dispute any customer complaints.

6. Staying connected to your drivers

Fleet managers need to be as mobile as their drivers. The most capable GPS tracking systems enable you to manage your fleet anywhere at any time using a dedicated mobile app.

7. Stop wasting time on paperwork

With the ability to generate driver behavior and vehicle usage reports in seconds, view vehicle locations and stop reports at a glance, and receive alerts for unsafe and wasteful behaviors in real-time, you can spend less time monitoring your fleet's actions and spend more time actually managing your drivers.

Start tracking your drivers today

Keeping your drivers safe while ensuring your team delivers the best possible service is a difficult task for even the most experienced fleet manager. With the detailed data provided by a GPS tracking device, fleet managers can deepen their understanding of their team's driving habits and make informed decisions to help reduce costs and improve fleet performance.