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Businesses that rely on fleet vehicles to provide products and services to their clients can experience tangible financial benefits with GPS truck tracking, according to Fleetmatics.

By tracking your trucks, GPS tracking enables you to gain complete control over your fleet, significantly reduce costs and improve productivity.

Almost everything monitored by GPS vehicle tracking can work to help reduce fuel costs.

Maintaining proper speeds can significantly reduce the amount of fuel used by your trucks.

Many truck-tracking solutions provide speed information and alert you when trucks exceed set speed thresholds.

Excessive idling can contribute to high fuel costs for many businesses.

When drivers unproductively waste fuel by using their trucks as climate control, you lose money from your bottom line.

GPS can help reduce idling times by alerting you when vehicles idle longer than a preset duration so you can take corrective action.

GPS tracking also provides location-based information that dispatchers can use to provide proper routing information to vehicles in the field.

In addition, many systems have the ability to locate the trucks closest to any specific job site.

You can dispatch the vehicle that will arrive on the site first, further reducing fuel usage.

Other major contributors to high fleet costs are unauthorised vehicle use and improper driver behaviour.

GPS truck tracking can relay a variety of information regarding driving behaviour, including vehicle speed, engine start-up and shut-down and idling time.

This information can be used to enforce driving policy and curb unwanted behaviour such as excessive speeding, tardiness and extended vehicle idling.

Studies show that tracking your trucks encourages employees to work more effectively and stop utilising company vehicles for personal use.

Quality GPS fleet-tracking solutions can also provide the ability to automate timesheets.

You will know exactly when an employee starts work, how long they take for lunches and breaks, and when they stop working for the day without relying on manual timesheets.

Accurate, verifiable timesheets will streamline payroll processes and help you avoid paying excessive overtime pay due to timesheet falsification or unintentional errors.

With proper mapping software, fleet owners know the exact location of every fleet vehicle.

This gives dispatchers the ability to effectively direct drivers to any job site.

In addition, you can locate and dispatch the closest vehicle to any job site.

Tracking your trucks provides better routing and dispatching.

This reduces fuel usage, reduces vehicle mileage and increases the number of jobs completed in a day.

GPS truck tracking solutions can incorporate a number of features that help improve customer service.

Better routing and dispatching helps you get to your customers more quickly.

You will also be able to determine when a vehicle arrived on a job and when it left, providing accurate and verifiable proof of services.

Tracking your trucks requires current and clear mapping.

Some GPS solutions have partnered with well-known mapping providers – for example, Fleetmatics with Google mapping – for the most accurate and up-to-date mapping available.

The best GPS mapping features allow you to zoom all the way down to street level and provide street, terrain, satellite and hybrid street/satellite views.

In addition, you should be able to get real-time traffic information via the mapping in order to help drivers avoid delays.

GPS truck tracking can also help improve the security of your fleet.

In the event a vehicle is stolen, a hidden GPS receiver can help you recover a vehicle and any onboard equipment quickly.

In addition, some systems offer features that alert owners immediately if a vehicle is used during off-hours.

Some GPS tracking providers feature alerting functions to let you know when vehicles are due for routine maintenance.

Proper maintenance ensures that your vehicles are compliant with safety guidelines and can help reduce repair costs in the long run.

Many GPS solutions utilise proprietary software that requires installation on your computer.

Often, these solutions also require frequent manual upgrades and downloads.

Another drawback to proprietary software is that the GPS solution can only be used on computers with the proper installation.

Fleetmatics provides the information securely over the internet and, as long as you know the login and password, you can access your account from any internet-enabled computer.

The flexibility and 24/7 accessibility of an internet-based solution makes it the superior choice when deciding on a specific GPS solution, according to the company.

Active truck tracking means that the data from the GPS receiver is transmitted to a remote user at regular intervals.

The best systems transmit data every 60sec, giving you real-time location information.

For passive truck tracking, all the GPS data is stored in the receiver and must be downloaded once all the vehicles return to the office.

Fleetmatics allows you to automate concise and easy-to-understand reports on a weekly or monthly basis.

In addition, you have the ability to generate reports instantly.

The data can be organised to give you information about daily truck activity, speeding violations, violations of company driving policy, a complete list of vehicle starts and stops, and excessive idling times.

Fleetmatics also has extensive historical reporting functions and customers can access any GPS information gathered by your system from the time you started using it.

Using data-mining techniques, you can compare the performance between two employees, or compare an employee’s performance against the company average in areas such as speeding, idling, miles driven and engine-on or off times.

GPS truck tracking is a way to reward hard work and eliminate bad habits that can lead to serious financial loss.

GPS allows you to keep up with proper vehicle maintenance, keeping trucks safe on the road.

In addition, GPS tracking will allow you to recover any stolen vehicles more quickly, which will help keep your business from incurring losses.

The system can also protect drivers against false complaints about overcharges and services not rendered.

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