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The #1 Way Fleet Managers Can Improve Vehicle Efficiency Brian Dziuk | Aug 8, 2016 2:11:59 PM

Keeping a fleet of vehicles operating at peak efficiency is difficult.Maintaining efficiency for a fleet of vehicles is a difficult task—one that only gets harder as the business and the vehicle fleet grows.

An efficient vehicle fleet gets tasks done quickly, with less fuel consumption and wear. Inefficient fleets waste time, money, and resources so that the fleet vehicles become a drain on productivity rather than assets that add value to the company.

There are countless ways for fleet managers to improve vehicle efficiency for their fleets, from training drivers, to keeping vehicles in top shape, to optimizing route planning for greatest efficiency.

But, what’s the best way to improve the efficiency of a vehicle fleet? What method can be applied to fleets large or small to make managing the fleet easier and maximize said fleet’s overall efficiency?

Well, call us biased, but here at RASTRAC, we think that GPS fleet tracking has to be the overall best way to improve vehicle efficiency in nearly any fleet.

Here’s why:

1: Improved Scalability of Fleet Management

The trouble with manually trying to track vehicle activities and reports to find opportunities for improving efficiency is that it’s so time-consuming. Thumbing through the mountains of paperwork required for a single vehicle’s operations takes considerable time for a manager. Repeating this process for a large vehicle fleet is even more cumbersome.

GPS fleet tracking devices and software make getting the key data points needed to improve efficiency much faster and easier. With GPS fleet management software, it’s possible to look up a single vehicle’s statistics on a moment’s notice, including:

  • distance traveled
  • engine performance
  • tire pressure
  • how far from the assigned route the vehicle is
  • idle time
  • driving habits (speed, acceleration, braking, etc.)

And this is just to name a few of the statistics that modern GPS devices can monitor.

By organizing these statistics into easy to check reports, GPS tracking software allows fleet managers to more easily scale their efforts to improve efficiency.

2: Accuracy of Report Data

Accuracy of data is key for checking reports and spotting inconsistencies that lead to inefficiency.One of the biggest troubles with improving fleet efficiency is that people make mistakes. A lot of the time, when a driver’s coming down from a long day on the road, it’s altogether too easy to accidentally transpose two numbers on a report and a trip that was 812 miles now reads 182 miles.

At other times, a driver might fudge their numbers intentionally in an attempt to hide fuel fraud or other issues.

Without a means of accurately tracking where a vehicle has been, and when, uncovering errors in the paperwork can be difficult. Usually, to check the accuracy of a mileage report, you’d have to go down and manually inspect the vehicle’s odometer. Needless to say, this isn’t always feasible for a fleet manager to do themselves.

GPS fleet tracking gives managers an accurate, impartial measurement of miles traveled by each vehicle that can be used to verify paperwork with ease. Using this tool, spotting incorrect reports of vehicle mileage is easy.

With accurate information of vehicle use, fleet managers are able to easily spot opportunities for improving vehicle efficiency, and weed out some of the biggest sources of waste.

3: Remote Event Alerts

Staying on top of driver behaviors is a full-time job. GPS tracking systems help make this task significantly easier.

With GPS fleet management software, managers can set predefined boundaries around a given route that, if exceeded, will instantly trigger an alert. By setting a geofencing boundary of 2-3 miles around a driver’s route, fleet managers can allow drivers the freedom to find fuel stops and rest accommodations without setting off an alarm, but still be notified right away if the vehicle goes too far off-route.

This not only helps curtail unauthorized vehicle use, it can even provide an early warning of a truck theft. In the event of a theft, the GPS data from the tracker can be used to lead police to the stolen asset quickly, vastly improving the chances of recovering the vehicle intact and returning it to service sooner.

These are just a few of the reasons why GPS tracking for fleet vehicles is the best way to improve fleet efficiency. For more on how to use GPS to improve vehicle efficiency, check out some of our other resources today!

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