By Robert J. Hall
No matter the size of your business, you will benefit from GPS tracking solutions if you own a company vehicle. Even if you have only one company car, you’ll still experience a few advantages. The tools that you gain from GPS tracking offer you a cost-efficient way to reduce overhead expenses. From proper fuel management to improved customer service, the benefits obtained will help you to boost your brand credibility as well as put a few extra dollars in your business bank account.
Gas is High
Even though we’ve become quite accustomed to high fuel prices, this doesn’t mean we should succumb to them. You should be doing all that you can to save a few dollars on gas here and there, and a great way to do this is with GPS tracking solutions. In fact, such solutions will provide you with a way to gain insight on the most fuel-efficient routes to take. When you add up the savings at the end of the year, there’s a good chance you’ll notice several thousand dollars have been saved.
Comparing Historical Data
Have you ever noticed that some of your drivers take different routes to get to the same destinations? If you haven’t, then you’re probably not taking advantage of GPS tracking solutions. And while some of your drivers might think they have their routes planned out to a T, in reality, all of your drivers may not be taking the most efficient route every time. With GPS tracking solutions, you can monitor the routes of your employees; therefore, identifying the best routes to take. When you do identify the best route, you can then instruct all of your workers to take it, which will reduce fuel costs as well as the amount of time you have to pay your drivers for being out on the road.
Pleasing Your Customers
The most important goal to achieve is making a good profit, and to do this, you need to keep your customers happy. To accomplish this part of the goal, your employees have to arrive within their scheduled window and/or make on-time deliveries, every time. With GPS tracking solutions, you can track your drivers in real time. If a traffic jam were to arise, you can make necessary adjustments to their routes, meaning you are more likely to get your technicians out or your deliveries to your customers as scheduled.
Employing the Best Workers
Part of reducing overhead expenses means employing the best workers, and to do this, you need to analyze the driving behaviors of the employees that are driving company vehicles. GPS tracking solutions allow for this — from documenting their idle time to comparing how long it takes them to reach their destinations, tracking enables you to go beyond what you think you know and view the actual data.
Reducing the Risk of Theft
Whether you want to admit it or not, every business endures the risk of being stolen from. It could be an employee or a criminal on the street committing the theft, but GPS tracking solutions will help you monitor the whereabouts of your company vehicles at all times, meaning you gain a birds-eye view of whether or not your cars, trucks or vans are where they are supposed to be. In the event that something goes wrong with one of your deliveries or service calls, you can use your GPS tracking in a court of law to prove your innocence and gain the insurance compensation due to you.
Robert J. Hall is the president of Track Your Truck, a leader in GPS tracking for small fleets of service vehicles and trucks.