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How & Why GPS Offers Affordable Fleet Tracking
by: Shara Taylor

There are more and more companies that are turning to Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to find out where their fleet vehicles are or have been. GPS is a satellite-based navigation system that reports the location, speed and direction of a vehicle anywhere on the globe. Unlike cellular communications, that often experience dead spots, GPS receivers and satellites are always capable of maintaining strong locks, even in regions with dense foliage or urban settings with tall buildings.

The benefits of GPS fleet tracking include:

Can Help Control labor costs:
GPS tracking helps companies get a lock on labor costs, as well as extreme overtime costs. Employees typically keep their own vehicle history records and write their hours on a timecard each week voluntarily. With a GPS system, those timecards are replaced by precise printed reports downloaded directly from a computer, with a history list of each vehicle from the time it started its route, to the time it finished. You will also know how many stops it made and the length of each stop. Thus all employee time can be verified and analyzed.

Increases Fleet Efficiency:
With GPS tracking data you can determine an individual or group's average length of a service stop; or analyze a service stop vs. non-service stop; or the actual length of a service call or installation. Corrective measures based on this information gets job productivity up and wasted time and inefficiency down.

Can Help Lower your fuel bills:
GPS tracking information attacks high fuel bills in three areas: Controlling Speeding, Idling and Unauthorized Use. Tracking data is captured for all three items allowing fleet managers to take steps to address these and measure the results of their actions.

Can Help Lower Insurance Bills:
As a result, fuel consumption and costs can drop dramatically. Speeding increases your maintenance, fleet insurance premiums, fuel expense, gas mileage and your liability should an accident occur. With GPS tracking there is no need to rely on the public to report unsafe drivers. You will know how your vehicles are being operated and by whom.

Can Control Moonlighting of Employees:
GPS tracking units monitor who, what, where and when your vehicles are or have been. This puts controls on unauthorized usage and moonlighting. Can also help prevent theft of cargo.

Ensures Vehicle & Cargo Security:
Every year companies lose billions a year because of cargo thefts. Much of this happens during transit, before it is even delivered. Tracking systems can play a major role in preventing both vehicle & cargo thefts as well as aiding in recovery. Systems monitor every move & stop.

Can Resolve billing disputes:
Arrival and departure times are recorded. Determine exactly when your vehicle arrived and departed from a customer address.

The detailed, accurate information available from GPS has made it popular within aviation, sea navigation, various outdoor activities and sports, and automotive vehicles. There are numerous benefits of GPS tracking for managing transportation fleets and the cost has become affordable in recent years.

With all this said, we strongly urge any company with numerous vehicles to consider the many benefits GPS systems offer.

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