Fleet Monitoring

 

fleet monitoringFleet monitoring is done using a GPS tracking device fitted into the OBD port of a fleet vehicle. These devices transmit vehicle data using a built-in cellular or satellite connection. The data is sent to the fleet manager so that they can see real-time information on each fleet vehicle and driver. How can a GPS tracking device provide information to change the way a fleet manager runs their operation?

 

How Fleet Managers Can Use Fleet Tracking

 

GPS fleet tracking systems use GPS satellites that are positioned above Earth. These satellites can determine where a receiver is once it has pinged four or more satellites. This real-time GPS location information allows fleet managers to see where the vehicles are at any given moment, as long as a signal is available.

The integration of these devices can also feed a fleet manager specific information about each vehicle, letting them get the mechanical diagnostics like mileage and fuel consumption. This information is available due to the device’s integration into the OBD (on-board diagnostics) port of the vehicle.

 

Driver Tracking & GPS Monitoring Solutions

 

Part of the fleet tracking process is creating profiles for each of the vehicles and the driver. The tracking device inserted into the fleet vehicle’s OBD port will tell a manager a lot about their fleet driver and how they handle the open road. Data pulled can offer insight on driving speed, detours, idling, and other driving habits that may not be conducive to the fleet driver’s job. The essential insight provided is the existence of aggressive driving behaviors.

Unsafe maneuvers such as hard braking, hard acceleration, dangerous turns, and speeding can not only risk safety but bring down the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  Applications like Fleetr provide fleet managers with alerts when these situations happen. Fleetr also provides weekly reporting on the drivers within a fleet. They are ranked based on their driving for the previous week and given a score factored out of 100 for their driving performance.

Start making your drivers accountable for their own driving habits, allowing them to improve with the information collected. You can use the Fleetr GPS tracking information as a tool to promote good driving habits and reduce the risk of accidents by addressing dangerous behaviors.

The driver’s efficiency data will be based on a full week of data collection. A score above 67 is considered efficient, but below 33 requires management attention.

 

Reducing Business Fuel Costs

 

The amount of money spent on fuel can be damaging to the revenue of a small fleet. Using Fleet tracking solutions, data gathered can help managers make the necessary changes to reduce fuel consumption. This data can help save their business from $100 to $200 per month per vehicle on fuel costs alone.

When you use Fleetr as your fleet tracking software, telematics provides data that can help you reduce the factors that can cause poor fuel economy. These factors include the amount of time a driver spends idling, speeding, and poor driving habits. Each week Fleetr provides an efficiency score and gives recommendations on reducing the number of incidences that can be problematic.

A score above 67 is considered efficient driving. If a score below 33 is received, it means your immediate attention is required. The data that Fleetr uses to tabulate these scores are based on a full week of data, Monday through Sunday.

 

Keeping Up with Maintenance and Services

 

When your fleet breaks down, it cuts into your business’ bottom line and the operational time. What if the breakdown could have been prevented with proper maintenance? The average lifespan of a fleet vehicle before trade-in is seven years. To get maximum trade value for this vehicle, you will need to keep it up to date on all preventative maintenance.

Fleetr allows management to see maintenance information that may be critical for operations. These include:

  • Oil change – The older a vehicle gets, the more critical oil changes can be. The mileage increments also reduce, meaning you need to keep a watchful eye on when service needs to be completed. You can set the mileage between oil changes, and Fleetr will let you know as that time draws near.
  • Battery – Batteries don’t last forever. Often, there is no warning when a battery dies other than the vehicle won’t start. When this happens, not only is your fleet down, but you are forced to make an impromptu purchase that you may not have been prepared to make. Fleetr tracks your battery’s remaining life for you, keeping you from being stuck when it won’t start.
  • Brake pads – Part of keeping up with fuel efficiency is making sure your brakes are doing their job. The brakes are also a significant safety factor that should be monitored. Since brake pads wear over time, Fleetr can help you watch when you should get them replaced, using the data compiled from the software.
  • General maintenance – Fleet or personal car, we often find excuses for why we can’t get general maintenance done or a diagnostic run. Part of good fleet maintenance ensures the vehicle is always in the best shape – providing you with a dependable vehicle.

Without the integration of a dependable fleet tracking system like Fleetr, you are forced to rely on your drivers to fill you in if something is wrong with the vehicle. For example, a check engine light can come on for several reasons that vary from a gas cap not appropriately tightened to actual mechanical failure. If your driver doesn’t tell you about the light, how will you know it is on?

 

GPS Tracking Solutions Benefit Your Customers

 

Customers choose your business because they trust you. The best way to keep a customer happy is by providing them with prompt services and lower prices. Using a GPS tracking solution can help you achieve this. Scheduling and time management are often areas where business struggles. This is not a poor reflection on management or employees, but a lack of data on becoming more efficient.

Using GPS tracking, management can dispatch the closest vehicle when a customer calls in because of an emergency. The sooner a customer receives a response, the more likely they are to recommend the business to others.

Managers can also use the GPS data to help map out routes more efficiently, something that may have been a struggle without the available information. The more efficient a fleet is, the lower its costs. Lower costs often translate to lower prices for customers, making them more likely to call for repeat services.

 

Fleet Monitoring Made Easy

 

Fleetr provides a simple approach to fleet tracking. In as little as three steps, you can be on your way to a more efficient fleet. When you sign up for Fleetr GPS tracking, there are no time-sensitive contracts to bind yourself with the device. For $12.99 per month per vehicle, you receive access to fleet data right on your smartphone or tablet.

To start the process, go online to the Fleetr website and click on the “buy now” button. You will be asked how many vehicles are in your fleet or how many devices you need. Fleetr is dedicated to the small fleet owner, so the maximum number of devices per order is 100. Enter your credit card information. Once successfully charged, you will receive your new device(s) in three to five business days.

Complete integration by inserting the OBD II device into your vehicle’s OBD port and customize your Fleetr app. It is that simple! You can begin seeing the data immediately. Your first weekly reports will be available following the Monday through Sunday cycle.

Fleetr can help you make your fleet more efficient, your drivers accountable, and your customers happier. Isn’t it about time you invested in a fleet tracking system that does the data-driven work for you?

 

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