Do you own or manage a business that requires employees out in the field driving a company vehicle? If so you've probably spent some time wondering where exactly your driver is and if he or she is being responsible with company property. Managing a commercial fleet is a challenging assignment, especially if you do not have the right tools.
Just a single traffic ticket or accident can cause insurance premiums to go up for your entire business so you can hardly afford to take any chances with an irresponsible operator. In addition to managing business risk, you want to make sure your business is as profitable as possible. Have you ever wondered what goes on while you are working hard to manage expenses and attract new clients? Wasting fuel by idling or taking an unexpected detour can cost you a lot of money, especially over time.
Monitoring Your Entire Fleet With GPS
One way to make your fleet more efficient is to install a GPS vehicle tracking system that will allow you to monitor your entire fleet from a remote location. These systems record every detail including speed, direction, route, and number of stops so you know you are getting exactly what you are paying for and not letting money slip through the cracks.
One program you may want to consider is called Geomoto. The system is integrated directly with Google maps to give you detailed information across a number of familiar views. This can include a traditional map format that will allow your fleet manager to actively route drivers and assist with providing directions or re-routes in real-time as well as satellite views that enable you to view surrounding buildings.
This is one of the easiest vehicle tracking systems currently available, offering a 30 second installation that does not require any tools. Simply place the GPS tracking device in the vehicle and you have access to you data around the clock. Once the program is up and running, tasks such as auditing mileage records are as simple as pulling up a tracking history record for the employee of interest.
Are These Systems Affordable?
Most business owners avoid installing a GPS tracking system because they assume a commercial grade fleet tracking solution will be costly. Surprisingly enough, these systems are actually very affordable and you can usually roll them out with a small to medium-sized fleet at a cost of less than $20 per month. When you consider the labor and fuel costs you are already incurring, eliminating just an hour or two of wasted time in your business will pay for the system in just a few days. The question then becomes, can you afford not to monitor your fleet?