Asset controlYour vehicles are your assets, and it just makes good business sense to know where your assets are. If your vehicle is stolen, a tracker means you can find it much more quickly – as well as any stock that might have been on board. You can use the tracking technology to see what routes your drivers are taking and ensure they are taking optimal routes.
Better-behaved employeesYour employees are probably going to be on their best behaviour when they are being watched by an authority figure. That means, if they know their boss can see when they are dilly-dallying, taking needlessly complex routes or time wasting, they’re less likely to do so. In addition, if an employee knows you are monitoring their driving performance, they are much more likely to drive safely and within the speed limit. Safer employees mean safer assets – reducing the risk of a crash means a reduced risk of damage to your vehicle. “We have GPS trackers on all our vans,” said Bob Muxworthy, health and safety manager at technical services maintenance firm MRM Solutions. “The trackers provide a way to find out in real time where each vehicle is, and allows for driver behaviour to be monitored. It can also be useful for checking what employees are doing – if a vehicle is stationary for a long time without good reason, say parked at the driver’s home during the day, then the information can be used in support of disciplinary evidence, for example.”
Covering your back with real-time techSome fleet vehicles now have CCTV or dash cams in place to help resolve disputes in the event of an accident. Helping prove who was at fault should help ensure you’re never paying out for an accident that wasn’t your drivers’ fault. It’s worth noting that some insurers may offer discounts for fleet vehicles, so in the long-term, the tech could pay for itself in more ways than one.
Happier customersHow much your customers are likely to benefit from your fleet tracking depends a lot on what service you offer. If you run a cab company, tracking might help you decide which drivers are in the area and which one to dispatch to a job. Alternatively, if you have a delivery service, you might be able to relay information to a customer about when their packages are due to arrive. This sort of reliability can really help build customer loyalty. While all of these advantages taken on their own might not seem that big, altogether they add up to provide a better bottom line. After all, lower costs, operational savings and happier customers can only be good for business.
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