Summertime is upon us—which means it's the busy season for lawn care providers. As the rain falls and lush greenery grows faster than home and business owners can manage, landscaping services are in higher demand than ever.
How can you keep up with this seasonal demand to make the most out of your lawn care assets? Implementing asset tracking as a part of your summer lawn care business plan could be your top competitive advantage. Here are a few ways how GPS tracking will help you drive profits, efficiency, and customer satisfaction during your busiest time of the year.
Keep Track of Your Vehicles, Assets, and Workers
One of the biggest challenges for landscape service fleet managers is knowing where their vehicles and teams are throughout the day. Are they at a client’s home, en route to their next appointment, or taking a break to eat lunch or run errands? GPS asset tracking and asset management solutions can give fleet management these insights—even though they aren’t able to physically be with each of their different teams at the same time.
With a Rastrac asset management system, you’ll be able to see where your vehicles and the valuable lawn care equipment they’re carrying are in real time. You’ll also be able to track total miles traveled, start and stop times, driving speeds, acceleration rates, driver habits, and more so you always have a clear picture of the location and condition of your assets.
Reduce Fuel Costs
One of the biggest expenses for any type of fleet, especially landscaping and summer lawn care services that use large vehicles carrying heavy equipment, is the cost of fuel. If you notice that your fuel costs for some vehicles are significantly higher than your fleet average, it could be a red flag that something isn’t quite right. Maybe a truck has a maintenance problem that needs to be repaired, your drivers are not following their optimized routes (making them travel farther than necessary to get to each destination), or you have a rogue employee who is using your vehicle for personal errands.
Our asset tracking software is able to connect with your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system so you can monitor its condition remotely in real-time. This way, you can see if there is something wrong with the vehicle’s functionality, or use GPS tracking history to determine if a driver has taken the vehicle off-course. Then you can quickly identify problems that may be a drain on your vehicle’s fuel usage, and correct them before the wasteful costs get out of hand.
Optimize Vehicle Routes
Optimizing vehicle routes through asset tracking software will help your lawn care professionals serve more customers per day by reducing travel time in between appointments. This maximizes efficiency while keeping your customers happier because they’re not left waiting for service—ultimately increasing profits during your especially busy summer season.
Plus, PocketRastrac, our mobile GPS tracking solution, turns your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone/tablet into a secure, two-way messaging device. This way, if you need to reroute your vehicles due to a scheduling change, appointment cancellation, road closure, or a traffic jam, you can immediately alert your drivers. They’ll be able to send messages to keep you in the loop with what’s going on in the field, and even send statuses such as “clocking in,” “taking a break,” or “just arrived at XYZ location.”
Increase Productivity and Efficiency
By using asset tracking software to keep track of where your fleet vehicles are throughout the day, how well they’re performing, where you can save on fuel costs, and how to optimize routes for increased productivity and customer service, you’ll be empowered to make better decisions about your fleet.
This way, you can identify problems and inefficiencies quickly and proactively make changes to help you achieve operational excellence. This saves fleet management time, money, and headaches, ultimately improving your lawn care business plan. In times of especially high volume like the summertime, this can make all the difference in your bottom line.
To learn more about the benefits of using GPS tracking and asset management software in your lawn care fleet or how to successfully implement these tools into your summer lawn care business plan, contact a Rastrac expert today!