Managing a fleet of vehicles is no easy task, certainly when you throw the drivers and customers into the mix as well. With vehicles sent out all around the country, even the continent, it can be difficult to remain in regular contact with your drivers and ensure that they are going to arrive at their destinations on time. That is where a form of technology can come in handy.
The likes of hands free phones have been in circulation for around a decade now, but they still prove to be somewhat dangerous, as the driver still isn’t completely focused on the road ahead as they’re talking to someone hundreds of miles away. So rather than cause issues for their drivers, fleet managers are turning to gadgets known as GPS tracking devices to keep a close eye on where their drivers are.
These devices work in a similar way to satellite navigation, using satellites to pinpoint a location and transmitting that back to the main office so those monitoring the vehicles can record it. This enables them to do a variety of things and make sure that the delivery or collection is going according to plan.
With access to the location of the vehicle, the person back at the depot is able to record the route that the driver has taken, enabling them to work out how long it has taken them to reach their destination and how much fuel they have used. By working out these facts, they can discover exactly how much it has cost to do the trip and work out any future pricing structures for similar trips. Similarly, they can work out if there is a more cost-effective method of reaching the customer and saving money.
There are also security benefits to fitting GPS tracking devices to the vehicles in your fleet as many are stolen or ‘jacked’ while parked up in service stations or in lay-bys overnight. If the vehicle is stolen, then the employee monitoring its location is able to see if their vehicle has taken a notable detour and question it, reporting anything suspicious to the local authorities or, where possible, making contact with the driver.