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What Is GPS Fleet Tracking?

And Why Does Your Business Need It?

What Is GPS Fleet Tracking?

FAQ guide: What is GPS fleet tracking and why does your business need it?

GPS fleet tracking systems have become increasingly integral to fleet management in recent years. Since the turn of the millennium, the technology has been widely adopted by firms across a wide range of sectors - from construction to waste management. In this quick FAQ guide, we'll aim to explain just what fleet tracking is and what it can do to improve business efficiency.

What is fleet tracking, and how does it work?

In a nutshell, fleet tracking systems monitor on road vehicles and construction equipment using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Tracking devices are installed that gather location, activity and driving style data, which is made available to fleet operators via a software application. The most common ways for data to be displayed is through a mapping interface, graphical dashboards and on demand reports. Having instant access to this information keeps fleet managers in total control of fleet activity.

What are the main benefits of fleet tracking?

Fleet tracking systems deliver numerous benefits for businesses both large and small. These include lower fuel and maintenance costs, improved regulatory compliance, better and more reliable customer service, as well as enhanced productivity and efficiency. Furthermore, because it monitors driver behaviour it can also be used as part of a wider strategy to develop a culture of safe driving across a business.

Can fleet tracking reduce my fleet insurance premium?

Yes, fleet tracking can play a big part in reducing insurance premiums. Increasingly fleet managers are using driving style data to customise training programs to meet the needs of individual drivers. By correcting poor driver behaviour fleets can reduce on-the-road risk and the number of incidents, which will improve your fleets claims history enabling you to obtain lower premiums.

 

How can fleet tracking help to cut my costs?

Fleet tracking can significantly reduce fuel expenditure a major overhead for any company which operates a fleet of vehicles. But many businesses find that the biggest savings are made through efficiency improvements and expanding operational capacity. Many fleet tracking users are capable to grow their business without additional capital investment.

Is it worth investing in fleet tracking even if I've only got a small fleet?

Yes. Fleet tracking has proven to be a beneficial for large firms and SMEs. As we've already noted, adopting the technology can result in significant decreases in fuel bills as well as potentially cutting insurance premiums too. The size of your fleet doesn't matter - fleet tracking can boost fuel efficiency, improve vehicle maintenance as well enhancing customer service standards.

Isn't fleet tracking complicated to set up?

No. In fact, fleet tracking systems are easy to install and simple to use. That's one of the reasons why the technology has been embraced with such enthusiasm by so many fleet operators. Your chosen telematics provider will help you with installation and will provide you with the help you need to make the most effective use of your fleet tracking system, including ongoing account management service and advice.

How do I go about choosing a fleet tracking provider?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a fleet tracking provider. Firstly, you need to look at its track record. Does it have proven longevity in providing high-performance fleet tracking technology? How comprehensive is the customer service it offers? You need to ensure you choose a provider that you can trust to deliver a reliable service. Does your provider supply up-to-the-minute traffic information, and high-quality mapping? What sort of technical support is likely to be on offer? And does your provider have a proven record of developing new fleet tracking innovations? These are some of the more important questions to bear in mind.

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