How much journey planning your business requires will depend heavily on the type of business you operate. What do you use your vehicles for?
If your company cars are solely for you employees to get to and from the office every day, it’s unlikely that they will require much journey planning. If, on the other hand, you run a delivery service where each driver is likely to make several drop-offs throughout the day, journey planning is vital to make sure you’re taking the most efficient routes.
In-car GPS software has existed for some time, allowing drivers to enter point A and point B, and be told the more direct route. The driver can also see in real-time on the dashboard where they are and where they’re headed. Many of these gadgets offer extra features, such as beeping to alert the driver to upcoming speed cameras.
It is also possible to get routing and scheduling software, that allows the driver to enter multiple points and receive the optimal route in a matter of moments.
This can save on fuel and driver downtime, as the drivers are not realising they’ve missed a stop and having to turn back on themselves, which is all ultimately good news for your bottom line.
As with other tracking technology, this sort of reporting can be useful to help keep track of where your fleet is and to respond to customer enquiries. For example, if a customer wants to know how much longer until a driver reaches them, you have the information to hand.
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