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With safety being the number one priority for most construction businesses comes the need to have the best technology in place to help prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities.

Many construction fleet managers are implementing GPS tracking systems to enhance safety protocols across many aspects of their operations. One of the most effective ways to prevent on-the-road incidents, beyond monitoring driver behavior, is to monitor maintenance management. Maintenance management is typically included with leading GPS tracking systems.

Monitoring fleet health is a proactive safety practice that reduces the odds of accidents and other dangerous situations caused by maintenance neglect. GPS tracking systems help fleet managers ensure preventative services are completed on schedule by automating the process, providing easy methods to track overdue services, and monitoring vehicle diagnostics to ensure all vehicles and equipment in use are in the best condition possible.

Schedule Preventative Services Reminders

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 percent of critical pre-crash events that cause vehicle accidents is attributed to tire failure. Staying on top of preventative services, like tire rotations, is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents with GPS tracking. A GPS tracking system’s maintenance module will automatically track run time and odometer readings, then send reminders when services like tire rotations oil changes or emissions testing are due to be completed. It is recommended to send maintenance alerts to management and drivers to ensure vehicles and equipment receive necessary services as soon as possible.

Monitor Overdue Services

Although automated maintenance reminders are effective, a service may still slip through the cracks occasionally. To proactively monitor overdue services, fleet managers can view scheduled maintenance reports available on demand or have them sent to email on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Any outstanding services will be flagged in red on the report so managers can ensure they are completed right away.

Another method to stay on top of overdue services is activating a maintenance icon on the GPS tracking system’s mapping. Enabling service reminder notifications on maps will allow fleet managers to easily identify vehicles or equipment overdue for services. Most systems will have a wrench or other symbol imposed on the vehicle due for maintenance.

Assess Engine Issues in Real Time

By monitoring vehicle diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), fleet managers can assess engine issues remotely and take action right away. GPS tracking systems should provide a DTC alert that will send management a notification if a vehicle is experiencing issues with its engine, transmission, breaks or any other situation that requires the vehicle to undergo immediate inspection.

Staying on top of maintenance is a crucial responsibility for construction businesses for many reasons. Using a GPS tracking system’s maintenance module allows construction businesses to stay on top of preventative services and track overdue services, as well as proactively monitor diagnostics to ensure employees operate the safest vehicles and equipment. Along with streamlining maintenance to improve safety, GPS tracking systems provide many benefits for construction fleets, including increased productivity and efficiency and reduced costs.

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