How GPS tracking can save your business money

At their core, every business seeks to maximise profits and reduce costs. If your organisation has a vehicle fleet, there’s a good chance it’s costing a fair amount of money to keep running. GPS fleet tracking can provide the necessary data to allow you to implement measures that will reduce costs and save your business money. 

Fuel Use

Fuel is the number one cost when operating a fleet. Fuel makes up more than 60% of a fleet’s operating budget (Automotive Fleet). Reducing fuel use is one of the easiest ways Fleet Managers can reduce the cost of their fleets.

Fuel usage is generally tracked via fuel cards. This is a great top-level way to understand how much fuel each vehicle has used. But it lacks the ability to provide deeper insights on how that fuel use has been achieved and if there were any opportunities to reduce fuel consumption. Here are three ways that Fleet Managers can reduce the fuel use of their fleets:

1. Driver Behaviour and Education

It should come as no surprise that a driver with a lead foot will consume more fuel. Often these drivers aren’t’ aware that their driving style is having a direct impact on the business bottom line.

Using Smartrak’s fleet management system, individual driver behaviour can be monitored around key elements such as overspeeding, and overdriving (high g-force cornering, and excessive braking). 

This gives Fleet Managers the data to proactively engage with staff who aren’t driving appropriately. By making drivers aware of their behaviour, Fleet Managers can undertake driver education in order to change driving styles and reduce fuel consumption.

2. Job Allocation & Routing

GPS tracking provides organisation with an accurate understanding of where all fleet assets are located. This can be incredibly handy when allocating jobs to workers in the field because you can easily see how far away drivers are to the new job. More efficient allocations mean reduced distance travelled and less fuel consumed – not to mention, less travel time for staff. 

Smartrak’s Garmin hardware provides managers the ability to directly upload routes or destinations into an individual vehicle. This provides a seamless experience for the driver and ensures that they will take the fastest and most efficient route with up-to-date traffic conditions.

3. GIS Overlay

Business often have data and locations that may not be easily searchable on a standard map. However, these data points can easily be uploaded into the Smartrak map as separate Geographic Information System (GIS) layers . Through the use of the Smartrak APIs, these GIS overlays can be integrated into Smartrak’s map interface and jobs routed to points of interest based off the GIS data. 

These routes can then be pushed directly to the vehicles, providing a direct routing to a location that may have previously taken the operator time, and fuel to pinpoint.