How GPS Tracking Improves Fleet Fuel Efficiency
by Stacey Papp
There are times in business where being indecisive can actually cost you money. In a world that is continually offering more and newer technologies that allow businesses to do their job better and more efficiently, it is foolish to keep your head stuck in the sand and not consider what these new capabilities have to offer in terms of saving your company money and helping your company grow.
For those in the field-service industry that rely heavily, if not exclusively, upon a fleet of vehicles to serve their customers, there isn’t a more proactive or simpler solution to reducing operating costs, improving fleet fuel efficiency, and increasing customer satisfaction than the implementation of a robust and reliable GPS tracking system such as Fleetmatics. If you and your company have been on the fence about making such a decision, it’s time to realize that such indecision is actually costing you money.
Improve Productivity & Efficiency
Having a GPS tracking system allows fleet managers to provide their drivers with not only directions, but also the shortest and most efficient route from one job to the next. By providing the exact location of each vehicle and technician at any given time throughout the day, GPS tracking also allows the dispatcher to send the closest vehicle to any job or emergency that comes in throughout the day. This allows for more jobs to be completed throughout the course of a day. Nick Hann, President of JWH Transport, says that, “Having Fleetmatics helps with IFTA State Mileage reporting. This report alone eliminates a day’s worth of work each week, and that’s just office time alone. It eliminates work for our drivers as well.”
Lower Operating Costs
It’s no secret that the biggest leakage of costs in a fleet company is wasting fuel. Whether it’s from excessive idling, speeding, taking inefficient routes from one job to another, or simply unauthorized vehicle use, GPS fleet tracking monitors all these activities on a minute-by-minute basis to improve fleet fuel efficiency. Fleetmatics provides you with over 30 easy-to-read reports to accurately measure and monitor vehicle activity and allows you to actually see which of your drivers are wasting fuel. According to Lisa Slade, Logistics Coordinator at Brenner Oil Company, “With fuel prices spiraling, it has been vital to our operational success to utilize Fleetmatics to slash our diesel bills. We’re currently saving about $17,000 per year per truck on fuel alone. That doesn’t take into account all the other savings due to higher number of deliveries per day, lowered phone costs and more efficient routing.”
Improve Customer Service
Good customer service is not only the key to sustaining your business; it is the key to growing your business. By implementing a GPS tracking system such as Fleetmatics, you and your customers will know precisely when a vehicle will arrive on the job and be sure that it will have the proper equipment and technician onboard. This provides great comfort for your customers, ensures that the job will be done properly, and validates any possible service or billing discrepancies. In the words of Brian Duncan, President of Picture Perfect Pool Services, “In our business, we have to respond quickly if a client runs into an issue. Now, I don’t have to call around to see who is closest. I just look on the map and send the guy I know can get there first.”
With vehicles being one of the most expensive assets of a business, companies can no longer afford to wait to make the decision about GPS vehicle tracking. The amount of savings in fuel costs alone from reduced idling times is only the beginning.