GPS trackers: Safety while on the road
According to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit devoted to using research and data to prevent deaths, fatalities from traffic incidents were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than during the same time period last year. Achieving safety while on the road seems to be even more important as a record 2.2 million people have been recorded as injured while nearly 19,100 people have been reported dead. With traffic accidents on the rise anything fleet drivers can do to protect themselves should be worth considering. Thankfully, GPS trackers are able to provide some protection for fleet drivers and today we’ll talk a bit about how that’s possible.
First of all, GPS trackers can help drivers be less distracted with digital devices while driving as they can either be programmed before the driver leaves the office or dispatching can control all of the route updates for the driver. These verbal updates could include ways to avoid traffic, construction, and other road hazards such as pre-existing accidents.
Aside from the safety of the hands-free options, the GPS trackers in each vehicle will record data like driver speeds and aggressive driving behaviors. This isn’t a way to simply punish drivers for disobeying the traffic laws, but instead to help ensure that drivers are staying safe! In fact, the data about the drivers’ performances can be pulled up on speeding reports and aggressive driving reports to be used for a reward system if management wanted to use it in that way.
The fact is that many drivers believe they only need to slow down when heavy rain or snow is in the works. Truthfully, drivers just need to be aware of surroundings and while they’re all on a deadline to get to the next job-site it would be worth it to slow it down.
Maintaining safety is a top priority with any fleet business and GPS trackers have many ways to provide protection. They can reduce the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving and help drivers avoid accidents, traffic, and construction. If you’re looking for a way to increase safety for your fleets, consider GPS trackers.
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GPS tracker: Reports and historical playback
Being a company involved with energy services, whether it be oil and gas, wind energy, or electrical power requires many well functioning roles to be successful. From the crew members doing to the work to the physical parts being used, everything must be monitored closely and executed according to a well designed plan. Of course, management in the pipeline construction field who choose to utilize GPS tracker units have an advantage. Thanks to the automatic data recording capabilities that GPS tracker devices offer, they’re able to monitor ongoing activities on a daily basis to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.
From the pre-construction phase all the way to the post construction phase of pipeline building, fleets can be monitored either live on the GPS tracker map during the entire process or historical playback can be pulled up. While live map viewing is always available, the historical playback feature is a significant help to management teams that are simply too busy to sit and monitor live activity on a daily basis. With the GPS tracker historical playback feature, a manager can see the locations of where their drivers went every few hours on any given day for up to 90 days back.
Other helpful aspects for pipeline construction crews are the other various GPS tracker reports for regulating safety procedures. Safety should be a top priority in this line of work and reports can help managers bring a new level of awareness to their crew members. For example, the excessive idling, aggressive driving, and speeding reports are three important safety related reports that first come to mind for keeping fleet drivers in check.
If you’re in the pipeline construction business with the goal of promoting the safest work environment while also wanting to keep projects moving along then GPS tracker units are something to consider. As an added bonus to maintaining a steady workflow and emphasizing safety, GPS tracker devices are a great investment as they do offer ROI quickly. To learn more about how you could receive a return on your investment, click here to use our ROI calculator.
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GPS trackers: Decreasing harmful emissions
In part one of this series we talked about how GPS trackers can help you reduce pollution by also helping your fleets to control their speeding. As most everyone is aware of these days, air pollution is by the far one of the most harmful forms of pollution to the world. Aside from speeding being a problem this fall, your fleet drivers might be tempted to leave their trucks idling to “warm up.” Idling is an action that takes a harsh toll on engines, but it is also horrible for the environment. If you’re not worried about speeding, perhaps you’re the type of manager that wants to be cut down on idling and GPS trackers can help you accomplish this objective while also helping you to reduce pollution.
Idling: Just like speeding, idling has negative affects on the atmosphere. Idling causes engines to operate inefficiently spewing out soot from the tailpipes. These vehicle emissions are hazardous and produced more by a degraded engine that got that way from idling. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually been shown through studies that driving vehicles actually warms the engine up faster than letting the engine run. GPS trackers can help by automatically identifying when excessive idling takes place. Just like with the speeding reports, an idling report can be generated from the GPS trackers.
As a fleet manager you may have thought about what you can do to be more “green’ and promote a positive image of your company. The truth is that you don’t have to be a big environmentalist to run a “green” fleet. GPS trackers make it easy for small, medium or large fleet businesses to do their part in helping the environment. Using GPS trackers you can start making simple changes like reducing speed and idling. In this way GPS trackers can help you and your fleets reduce pollution.
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GPS tracker: A better understanding
With GPS trackers, fleet managers from all around have improved monitoring and security for their employees and company equipment. Our GPS trackers provide powerful 3G network connectivity and many automated reporting features that will guarantee you always have information on hand. Not only does having information matter, but having it immediately in emergency situations is also a bonus. In part one of this series, we will break down a few types of GPS tracker reports.
GPS Tracker Driver Behavior Reports: Speeding, Idling and Aggressive Driving
1.) Speeding Reports: This GPS tracker report shows you all the times that any of your vehicles exceeded the maximum speed that you set. By default the report is set to any speed greater than 65 MPH. You can change this to whatever speed you want. All speeding incidents will be listed with date, time, location and speed.
2.) Idling Reports: When your trucks are idling excessively, they are wasting fuel and costing you money. This GPS tracker report gives you a list of all incidents of vehicles idling for longer than the minimum time you specify.
3.) Aggressive Driving Reports: This GPS tracker report allows you to check on any aggressive driving by recording an increase or decrease in speed of 35 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour within a 10 second span. This will allow you to see if a driver is accelerating normally to get on the interstate or is driving dangerously down a city street.
With these GPS tracker reports, you can cut down on speeding which will reduce your risk of having to pay out on speeding tickets. You will also be able to crack down on drivers leaving company vehicles idling which makes them run inefficiently. In addition, you will know when drivers are being aggressive on the road and this type of information helps you to coach drivers about driving properly. Stay tuned for part two of this series where we will talk about GPS trackers and their travel reports.
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