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5 Ways Fleet Tracking Can Improve Your Business in 2017

Posted on 01/06/2017 by Lisa Durrett  |  0 Comments

5 Ways Fleet Tracking Can Improve Your Business in 2017

With 2017 right around the corner, it’s a great time for businesses to think about what worked and what didn’t in 2016. Sitting back and looking at your successes and failures allows you to make adjustments that can help you meet your business goals for 2017. 
You may have implemented a few new tools designed to help you grow, or may be thinking about something new. Return on investment (ROI) should be a key determining factor when onboarding any new tool. For local businesses that have a fleet of vehicles, GPS vehicle tracking can deliver ROI quickly, oftentimes in just a few months. 
Here are five ways fleet tracking can help you improve your business in 2017:

  1. Automated Job Scheduling & Dispatch: Scheduling jobs and accurately dispatching them to drivers can be time consuming, and if you see several customers in one day, the process can be a nightmare to manage without a system in place. Using a GPS fleet management solution, dispatchers can assign and view jobs with a drag-and-drop scheduling tool. This automates the scheduling process, and allows dispatchers to view all jobs on one screen. Drivers can also update their job statuses from the road, which then sends an automatic update to the dispatcher. When everyone’s schedule and status is clear, it’s easier to reroute drivers as needed, or squeeze in one more job.
  2. Efficient Routing: Determining the quickest routes for your drivers can be difficult and time consuming, especially when you have multiple drivers going to various locations daily. The schedule you make in the morning may not be the quickest by noon. GPS fleet tracking solutions can take all locations in a driver’s itinerary and automatically create the shortest route. They also allow dispatchers to pinpoint traffic congestion or road delays and re-route drivers on the fly. This allows your drivers to get to jobs quicker and get more done in a day.   
  3. Driver Safety Monitoring: Speeding and aggressive driving puts your drivers and other motorists in danger, and can also lead to expensive accident claims and a damaged reputation. Fleet tracking solutions allows you to monitor driver behaviors such as speeding, harsh braking, sharp cornering and rapid acceleration so you can improve driver safety. It also ranks drivers based on their performance, so you can easily determine if you have employees who need more coaching.  
  4. Comprehensive Fuel Management: Fuel is a major operating expense for any business with vehicles in the field. With a GPS fleet management solution, you can take advantage of a variety of features designed to reduce fuel costs. Not sure if drivers are wasting fuel by idling their vehicles? You can setup Idle Alerts that notify you when drivers are excessively idling their vehicles, and take steps to curb this behavior. Fuel card integration also allows you to keep track of fuel spend, monitor purchases, and get better deals on fuel prices.  
  5. Metrics Dashboard: When you have employees in the field, you’re not on site to watch how well or how poorly they are doing their jobs., and it can be difficult to determine how your drivers are performing individually and as a team. GPS fleet management solutions allow you to view high-level fleet activity or drill down for specific driver info—all from one screen. You can set goals and track them by fleet or driver. This gives you a snapshot of your fleet’s performance quickly and easily, and provides you with the data you need to improve your operations.  

The NexTraq team wishes you a very happy—and safe—New Year!


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