GPS trackers: Benefits for safe handling
Chemicals being transported across the nation presents a set of extraordinary shipping requirements due to the latent danger and potential impact on the safety of everyone involved. That’s why specific training is needed for fleet drivers that transport these hazardous chemicals. Without these special people your business wouldn’t exist so it’s important to keep them safe. GPS trackers can aid in protecting your company’s assets, most importantly the human assets. In part one of this series, we talked about 2 ways to use this technology to improve safety for your chemical transportation company and drivers.
Here are 2 more ways GPS trackers come through for chemical transportation companies:
1.) Safe routing: There may only be certain roads where your fleet vehicles, with chemicals in the back, are allowed to travel. With that being said, GPS trackers can help you by allowing your dispatching team, managers, or drivers plan out the safest and most compliant routes in minutes. This makes it easy to stay in compliance wherever your trucks travel.
2.) Avoid breakdowns: It would be devastating for a chemical truck to be broken down in the middle of nowhere, especially if the hazardous materials inside are temperature-sensitive. In the event that cell phone service wasn’t able to be used the panic alert feature could come in handy here. This is a feature built in to your GPS trackers and can be used by any driver.
In your business it’s more than just dropping off a box or two at someone’s doorstep. Hardly an industry exists that relies more on expertise than someone handling chemicals and keeping your drivers safe is important. As we explained in part one, it’s your responsibility as a fleet owner or manager to know your drivers are safe and handling their workload as smoothly as possible. Thankfully, there are GPS trackers to make jobs like these just a little bit easier.
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GPS tracking: Storage for customer data
After years of being in business it’s quite possible to have your customer files taking up the majority of one wall. Perhaps, you even have files taking up several wall spaces. Some fleet businesses have migrated to digital files such as spreadsheets or to using storage in the “cloud”, but even those require a little more work to maintain than the easy to use method we’re going to share, today. If you’re already using GPS tracking software to make your fleet run more smoothly, then it’s time we enlighten you to the fact that the devices you cherish for overseeing daily happenings in the field can also be used to keep track of your customer’s data.
You can digitally enter in loads of customer information and save a lot of rainforests. The information drivers might also need to obtain while on the road might include things such as names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and notes about the last service or products they’ve received. Now, if drivers need to gain quick access to customer information, they don’t need to lug around a clipboard of papers with customer data scribbled on it.
The GPS tracking system allows all users to be connected to the same information. This way anyone at the office or in the field has the ability to add or change data and others will see the modifications. This may be useful in situations when the driver encounters a time delay and needs to get in touch with a customer to inform them of the new estimated time of arrival. For many reasons, GPS tracking is the smart, safe, and simple way to maintain all customer data. That’s right, it’s time to ditch those dusty, old (and possibly smelly) files.
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GPS trackers: Improved fleets
The main list of duties detailed in a fleet manager’s job is keeping up with their moving fleet. Implementing this, somewhat daunting, task well means having optimum monitoring ability. GPS trackers are a fantastic way to pull this off, improve your fleet, and keep you sane. Tracking solutions with unique telematics provides customized reporting, alerts, and live viewing to managers so that they can quickly and easily get instant feedback. If you’re a manager that questions if monitoring their drivers’ behaviors is necessary, stay tuned to find out why it is important.
How your drivers handle your company vehicles does make a difference in your bottom line. If your drivers are continuously driving harshly wouldn’t you want to know about it? With GPS trackers you’d know things like whether they are speeding, braking harshly, crazily changing lanes, revving the engine to accelerate too quickly, or idling excessively. All of these actions cause wear and tear on your vehicles, beyond the norm.
With customized reports, you can bring up historical data on all of the driver behaviors mentioned above. Looking back over the last 90 days of stored information, will give managers all the proof they need to show that the fleet is in order. In addition, alerts can be set to monitor and help regulate driver actions by sending management texts or emails each time drivers break the rules. Furthermore, live maps are useful for keeping an eye on activities happening in the present moment. With two-way communication, drivers can also receive instant communication to correct problems rather than waiting for reports or alerts, if desired.
Safe and reliable drivers are a must for a fleet company. You could start seeing a difference in your drivers’ behaviors and improve business practices by default. The implementation of GPS trackers is a simple step to take towards making your life easier.
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GPS tracking: Detailed solutions
While some fleets are looking to purchase more vehicles as the year progresses, other fleets have considered sharing vehicles for multiple reasons. Both environmental and financial responsibilities are leading to this trend, but some problems present themselves when vehicles are being shared amongst several fleet drivers. No one wants to be accused of not keeping up with proper vehicle maintenance or abusing the company vehicle when it was actually another guilty party. Never fear! GPS tracking allows management to monitor their shared fleet vehicles to give everyone peace of mind.
The most daunting task for management will be keeping track of whom will operate the vehicle at which times. Of course, you could provide a clipboard with a “sign-in/ sign-out” sheet or manually assign vehicle usage based on employee shifts. What’s easier than that is using GPS tracking. With device management capabilities, it is simple to click into the Driver Editor feature and assign a driver to a device. This is helpful, because you can create several drivers in the system and keep track of which driver is with the vehicle in question at which times of the day.
Even better than just knowing which driver is with a shared vehicle, is knowing the performance of that driver at any time. GPS tracking makes it simple! By viewing alerts and/or reports management can retrieve a plethora of information from the driver’s speed statistics, braking habits, the fuel percentage being used and more.
The GPS tracking system will also keep track of how many hours a particular driver has been on the road, so if you’re a business that needs to monitor hours on the road to comply with labor laws, then you’ll know when to switch out drivers. GPS tracking is a great way to make sure you are getting all the data you need to make sure your drivers are being safe and that all of your drivers are equally being held accountable.
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GPS tracker: The Halloween safety device
On Halloween some parents drive slowly alongside the curb line from house to house as their children load up bags with goodies. Some parents walk with their children, but remain at the end of the driveway while their children head up to the front door. Some parents don’t go with their children at all. That moment your child leaves your side you just never know what could happen. There can be quite large crowds in some trick-or-treat areas and it is possible for small children to disappear in the crowds. They’ll keep walking along hurriedly in excitement and in an instant a waiting parent becomes a panicked parent. While we are all about GPS tracker devices for fleet vehicles, we also marvel at any use for GPS tracker technology in special circumstances. That’s precisely why we’re talking about how GPS tracker software allows parents to monitor their kids for a safer Halloween.
How many times have you lost your child in what seemed to be plain sight? Right out in the open? Nothing can describe that feeling of sheer terror that a parent feels when they frantically search for their lost child. Many GPS tracker devices are small enough to clip right onto an article of clothing or in a backpack, but they may not have the most advances technology. Some of US Fleet Tracking’s devices are actually small enough to fit in a backpack and they do have advanced capabilities.
Capabilities of a decent GPS tracker include real-time updates and a live map. With the right device you will know your child’s speed, direction and you can set up a designated are your child is to stay in called a geofence. With the live map you will see the exact location on your child. The geofence alert will send you a message right to your cell phone if your child ever exits the boundary you have set. With GPS tracker software you won’t have to concoct 100 different scenarios at once about what happened to your child. The GPS tracker will tell you everything you need to know to find your child quickly.
Above all, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween!
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GPS Tracking: Your digital Rolodex
After a crazy start to the adventure known as beginning your own fleet business you suddenly find yourself swamped with loads of customer information such as name, email, address, phone number, product or service details and fulfillment status. All of this information for one customer can be difficult to keep up with let alone hundreds of customers. Of course, if you can’t even keep track of customer data properly, then your business is stunted from growing. As a fleet business owner you and your drivers need an inventive way to keep track of it all that doesn’t require lugging around a binder of paperwork. Enter GPS tracking.
You might have heard of all the wonderful ways that GPS tracking has helped fleet business from decreasing laboring costs, minimizing vehicle repairs and even providing a more efficient payroll system, however; GPS tracking also has the ability to help you manage your customer data. Some busy days may require a technician driver to line up their work day with several stops. It can get to be cumbersome to carry around equipment while also having to keep track of a record sheet with customer data on it. It might be pretty hectic having to recall what the next customer on the list needs to have completed. GPS tracking, on the other hand, integrates with multiple industry software that allows the connection so that everyone in or outside the office can manage the customers account information.
Keep track of customer data and have a safe, easy way to export information when needed. The entries stored in the GPS tracking software can also be easily changed if needed. If you’re already implementing GPS tracking for the benefits of saving money and increasing productivity among employees, then you just found another awesomely wonderful way to make your business life much easier. If you’re a fleet business owner and you haven’t started using GPS tracking for any of the above mentioned reasons, what are you waiting for? Ditch the old Rolodex and start using GPS tracking as a digital Rolodex.
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GPS trackers: Saving money on your insurance
With any fleet business the main focus is keeping the bottom line from sinking. In order to accomplish your business goals you have to keep profits high and cut back on expenses. While some expenses are unnecessary, others are involuntary, but that doesn’t mean they have to be ridiculously high. Auto insurance for fleet vehicles is a must-have, but with GPS trackers fleet managers can obtain affordable insurance rates. Here are the top two ways insurance rates can differ based on the utilization of GPS trackers.
1.) Recover stolen assets: GPS trackers provide users with the ability to set geofences or boundaries where vehicles are allowed or not allowed to travel. This will send automatic alerts to management via text if vehicles or other company assets should be taken from their location. With live map tracking, it will make it easier to recover stolen assets by immediately being able to inform police of the asset’s location. Having a safety precaution in place will decrease the need to file insurance claims and that makes you a lower risk client for insurance agents.
2.) Improve driving stats: GPS trackers keep data such as braking, speeding and other driving habits. Being able to pinpoint the details of driving behaviors allows for accurate reports to be generated by the GPS trackers. This information will provide insurance agents with proof they need to determine your drivers are safe. Improving driver behavior ties into lower insurance rates.
With a live access GPS tracker map you can pinpoint where fleets are at and receive alerts about unauthorized vehicle movement. Also, by auditing drivers on a daily basis, you can maintain evidence that your drivers really are the safest drivers out on the road. GPS trackers are a one-way ticket to obtaining auto insurance discounts. Saving money on insurance is easier while protecting your assets and your drivers.
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