GPS trackers: Help diminish complications
Let’s not beat around the bush, we all know that in today’s digitally advanced world people aren’t great at communicating with one another without some piece of technology. Have you ever heard the phrase “if you can’t beat them, join them”? The good news is that by accepting GPS trackers into your life, you aren’t giving in to something terrible. Your fleet business can actually benefit from falling in line with this popular new trend. In fact, at the core of your fleet business is dispatching and any problems you once had with communication can be a thing of the past thanks to GPS trackers.
GPS trackers help to diminish complications like trying to figure out which driver was meant to go where, because the system will send all the information needed via 10, 5, or 1-second updates. When a customer calls in, dispatchers can view the live map to see which worker would be closest and most convenient to send. Dispatchers can also rapidly program driving routes and place the customer’s appointment onto a digital schedule for the driver to see. If need be, dispatchers can also communicate with drivers while they are out of the road via the two-way communicator.
All of the actions mentioned above only take a few minutes compared to the half hour it might take to organize a job for one driver. The nice part about the routing options is that in case of heavy traffic or road hazards the route can be optimized to avoid such obstacles. With this option, drivers can be navigated around the troublesome spots, allowing for an extra level of safety and ease.
Without these devices, some drivers would be more likely to take wrong turns and compromise an efficient work flow. You don’t have to imagine the countless hours of manually planning routes for drivers. Dispatching has never been easier than with the use of GPS trackers.
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GPS tracker: Charged with the task to bring safety
Utility companies have employees that do a lot of driving. They have to go out and read meters for accurate billing, but along the way there are many dangerous circumstances on the road. Drivers have to be mindful of other drivers and know that behind every corner could be potential for an accident to take place. Managers can only do so much from behind the scenes to prevent their company from taking a financial hit, that is without the use of GPS tracker software to help them.
A lot of utility companies have already embraced the technology of GPS trackers and the reason is simple. With the use of GPS tracker software, managers can pinpoint and correct dangerous driving behaviors that account for many accidents. Management can view reports from GPS tracker data which tells them which drivers are driving recklessly. This gives management the knowledge to begin corrective action. It’s not just for management, but also a tool to help drivers understand their own habits. GPS trackers also have a two-way communicator so that dispatchers or managers can provide support to drivers through a safe, hands-free device. Not having to operate a cell phone while driving will cut down on utility drivers being distracted behind the wheel.
Dangerous driving isn’t just risky, it can also be costly. With increased risk of accidents comes higher insurance premiums, extra expenses on damaged vehicles and company downtime. The benefits of GPS trackers are electrifying! The knowledge and capabilities that GPS trackers provide to utility company drivers can help to decrease collisions as drivers will be more aware and more likely to drive safe. With the ability to know what drivers are up to and how to correct their driving habits, your utility company is sure to be shocked by the return on investment.
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GPS Tracker: Champion against obstacles
Every fleet manager is strapped with the task of making the business successful. Hiccups are inevitable from time to time, but an unorganized fleet business probably sees double the amount of unexpected problems than those that utilize GPS trackers. Every business owner should want to see improvements in their overall performance and with GPS trackers progress can be made. In part one of this series we will discuss two typical fleet problems and how GPS trackers can help.
1.) Increasing Gasoline Prices: According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, it just so happens that gas prices increase during the summer months, starting around Memorial Day. Now that we’re in June, fleet companies are sure to feel the sting of having to pay the higher, summer gas prices. By using GPS trackers, managers can ensure that dispatchers plan and relay shorter routes to drivers, which will decrease mileage driven and therefore; decrease money spent on gas.
2.) Unexpected Vehicle Deterioration: Wear and tear will happen eventually, but having a better handle on routine vehicle maintenance extends the period between repairs and vehicle downtime that can be caused by neglecting maintenance practices. GPS trackers make this task a cinch to handle, because managers can schedule maintenance reminder alerts which are sent via e-mail or text for convenience.
Even if your fleet business has “deep pockets” that doesn’t mean you want to have to shell out capital that could be better spent elsewhere or reinvested in your business. Using the right kind of GPS tracker you can obtain reports of fuel efficiency and percentage of fuel in the tank, plan routes and talk to the driver via the two-way communicator. You can also simplify maintenance routines with the alert set-up. How great is that? GPS trackers are like champions against all business obstacles. Stay tuned for part two of this series where we will give your a few more ways GPS trackers can help your fleet business.
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GPS tracker: Benefits beyond a phone call
While driving down the highway you have probably seen a bumper sticker or two that asks fellow drivers to call the 1-800 number in order to weigh in on how a truck driver is doing. Here’s the problem, not all fleet companies want stickers on their vehicles. An alternative would be GPS trackers. You may be wondering how GPS trackers can replace the program associated with the 1-800 number safety hot-line?
Let us give you a detailed explanation, here. The underlying purpose of having a 1-800 number bumper sticker is that the phone number is actually linked to an attempt at preventing further aggressive driving and future accidents from happening out on the road. That is all the program is good for, but GPS trackers have the capability to allow managers to monitor driving behaviors and so much more!
Dispatchers or managers can view the live tracking map at any time to see where all of their vehicles are located and what they are doing, based on recorded analytic statistics. This way, managers will know, almost instantly, when a driver isn’t behaving and they don’t have to wait for a phone call to come in. Using the two-way communicator feature, the manager can warn the driver. If a driver has veered off course for any reason, the dispatcher can digitally draw a new path on the GPS tracker screen for the driver to follow.
GPS trackers allow for the drivers and managers to have control and responsibility rather than relying on a bumper sticker to “work” for them. The best part about GPS tracking software is that it is, inevitably, going to empower the employees to do things the right way simply because they know they are being monitored. It’s not about the fleet company boss being the “big brother,” it’s about increasing the safety of drivers. What will you choose?
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