Trying to grow your business? First, think about your fleet. Are you getting the most you can from it, or do you see too much idling, waiting in traffic and criss-cross routing? If it’s the latter, you’re losing time and money.
So, before you make the move to add to your fleet, make sure you know all you can about the fleet you have now and how efficient — or not — it is. Get a clear picture of how the vehicles are used, how safe your drivers are, and whether route changes would add to your bottom line. The best way for you to accomplish this is to use GPS fleet tracking software to monitor your vehicles and manage your fleet with major benefits.
Maximize The Fleet You Have
Optimize vehicle use with GPS fleet tracking software to get the highest returns possible from one of your most expensive investments. Fleet tracking enables you to monitor each vehicle’s movement and maintenance needs through GPS and device communication and can help you:
- Reduce waste by spotting unauthorized travel and hours
- Control fuel costs and monitor mileage and consumption
- Stay ahead of vehicle maintenance with service alerts
- Eliminate excessive wear and tear on your vehicles
- Reduce legal liability with clear records of driver behavior
Vehicle maintenance monitoring is one of the biggest benefits of GPS fleet tracking software. Preventive maintenance is much less costly than repairs and reduces downtime, so you can put your fleet to work instead of waiting for parts. Once you have optimized your fleet, you’ll know when you need to expand. You can decide confidently when you see the big picture and have all the metrics you need.
Optimize Routes to Find Your “Left-Hand Turn”
Several years ago, UPS wanted to make routing more efficient. An engineer determined that making three right-hand turns would save more time than trying to make a left-hand turn against traffic. “We design our whole routes to turn right,” says Gordon Reed, director of customer solutions for UPS Canada. “The rationale behind it is you idle less and you’re not sitting, waiting at lights.”
So now, drivers’ routes are optimized — and include very few left-hand turns, instead moving in loops to save significant time and enhance productivity. When you can analyze your routes and then optimize them, you can strategically expand into new service areas.
GPS fleet tracking software helps you to minimize driving time by finding the most efficient routes using real-time updates. Route optimization means less fuel will be used, and your fleet and drivers will be more productive. It can help drivers fit more stops into a day, increasing your bottom line.
And, optimizing routes is easy. You just enter the stops for a vehicle and click “go.” The most efficient routing, with step-by-step turns outlined, is automatically configured for you to send to the driver’s navigation device.
When you optimize your routes, you can:
- Avoid congestion, and save fuel and time
- Spot route deviations and quickly correct
- Provide more accurate delivery times
- Discover your most-serviced areas and spot potential trends and places to expand
- Improve response time and customer satisfaction
Improve Safety With GPS Fleet Tracking Software
GPS fleet tracking makes it easy to track and monitor idling time, braking, acceleration, full stops, and speeding. You can use GPS fleet tracking software to encourage safe driver behavior, reduce accidents and injuries, protect yourself from liability, and reduce vehicle wear and tear. Driver safety improves as well because you can locate drivers when they break down, and use preventive maintenance to keep vehicles in shape.
Even seemingly minor bad driving habits create the potential for accidents — and increased insurance costs. Not something you want when you’re looking to expand your fleet.
Prepare to Expand Your Fleet
GPS fleet tracking software lets you see the big picture so you can better lay out your growth strategy. At Nero Global, we work with clients to implement GPS fleet tracking software and see results immediately. Since 2003, we’ve helped clients effectively manage fleets and drivers, cut costs, and improve efficiency.
Take your fleet management to the next level. Contact a Nero Global fleet consultant today.