The A-Z business fleet guide – T is for Tracking

As part of our Fleet For Growing Businesses hub analysed the key business fleet terms, and suitably tracking your company cars pays dividend.

A smooth-running and efficient business is one of the best ways to drive profitability, and this filters right the way down to how your company fleet is kept operating smoothly with tracking.

Encompassing factors such as job scheduling, driver behaviour, navigation, mileage, accountability and personal use of vehicles, the ability to track your fleet has become far easier because of technology.

Fleet managers or business owners can use tracking technology, such as GPS, to get alerts on when something is amiss.

Some staff may feel like tracking represents a slight abuse of trust, but communicating that the company is looking to drive efficiencies, help them do their jobs better and avoid any unnecessary down time should help deal with this.

To make the best use of tracking technology, daily, weekly or monthly reports should be generated. This will provide stakeholders with an accurate and real-time view of how the fleet is operating and allow each to provide suggestions on how improvements could be made.

Tracking is also important if vehicles are parked or stored in areas at risk from theft or damage. Alerts can then be sent if the movement of a vehicle is not line with pre-determined plans or journey maps.

If you’ve found this article useful then make sure you visit our complete A-Z of business fleet terms, which provides a complete glossary so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

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Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven is the editor of Real Business. He is also the editor of Business Advice, a title focused solely on a section of the business community currently underserved – micro companies. Alongside this, he is part of the team that hosts the Growing Business Awards, First Women Awards and Future 50 initiative.

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