Businesses everywhere are becoming more data driven than ever before. And interpreting data to improve your business can be a challenge of its own.
In the transportation industry, there are certain data tools that can provide information on a fleet to help carriers make better business decisions, improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and improve driver safety. These tools can be fine-tuned and easily interpreted with the help of a GPS fleet and asset tracking solution.
These four GPS tracking features provide ways to build a strong fleet business:
Missed or delayed maintenance is expensive. A vehicle cannot operate efficiently if it is not in good condition. On the other hand, taking a vehicle out of service so it can go in the shop also carries some cost. It’s important, therefore, to perform maintenance on time. Teletrac’s Fleet Director software offers vehicle maintenance features that enables fleet managers to keep track of which vehicles need certain services and when, from tire replacement to oil changes. Meanwhile, the vehicle services report provides engine data in real time so that managers can spot potential problems before they become overwhelming.
Hours Of Service (HOS) compliance is a big part of avoiding expensive regulatory violations. HOS also serves as a critically important guideline for safety, since overworked, exhausted drivers are a danger to themselves and others on the road. Teletrac’s electronic logging devices (ELD)and HOS software not only make compliance more simple for drivers, but also allow managers to see the status of each driver in real time—the system can even keep track of multiple drivers sharing the same truck.
Another important feature is Safety Analytics, which tracks and records instances of speeding, excessive acceleration, harsh braking, and other unsafe behaviors. Fleet managers can use this information to improve driver training, or take serious disciplinary action with an employee. For example, if a driver runs a red light, the manager can give the driver an opportunity to discuss the situation. Those who make a habit of unsafe behaviors can be targeted for additional training. The safest drivers in the fleet can also be identified, recognized, and rewarded with higher pay or other incentives.
Safe driving, like well-functioning vehicles, also translates into lower fuel use, which means less greenhouse gas emission and lower fuel costs—a definite win for everyone.
Maintenance schedules and costs, fuel, regulatory violations, and safety problems can all be overwhelming to manage at one time. Translating this data and managing a fleet at the same time does not need to be challenging. Teletrac’s award winning software, Fleet Director, has consistently delivered value to businesses of all sizes. The interactive data makes it easy for fleet managers to go beyond track and trace, and drill down to the smallest of metrics.
*About the author- Shelley Lynch is Teletrac’s Vice President of Emerging and International Markets. She is an expert in fleet tracking requirements in the government sector.