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GPS technology comes fairly standard across the board with most fleet-run businesses. However, new improvements in the GPS technology world can enhance business productivity and profitability. These systems can be installed into any vehicle and will be connected instantly to a chosen smartphone or computer. All requested GPS reports can then be uploaded and used to track regular patterns and eliminate unnecessary money pits and safety concerns.

Track the Best Routes

For time efficiency, contractors use GPS for its original function, which is to track which routes will be the fastest to the destination. But it also can be used for workers to see traffic patterns, current accident reports and construction areas that should be avoided.

If there aren’t any suggested routes that work for that particular driver or if the satellite information is not quite right, drivers can set pre-destined driving routes ahead of time. This ensures unexpected changes won’t throw the worker off course. Instead of having to recalculate, the tracker already will be pinpointed and give the driver much more time to react. In addition, GPS technology evolved in recent years to complete tasks such as finding a lost or stolen car. The GPS tracker installed in a vehicle can easily be pinpointed through a smartphone or by the police if necessary.

Evaluate Driving Habits

Companies can see each one of their employee’s driving habits, as most GPS providers now include a speedometer in the units. This can be instantly uploaded to another source to show a real-time log of the driver's speed. Additional statistics also can be tracked in real time, including when a driver is accelerating faster than a posted speed limit, rapidly accelerates or decelerates, or when a hard turn is made.

In addition, idling time can be tracked, preventing unnecessary fuel losses. A total of one hour of idling time uses an entire gallon of fuel in diesel trucks. It also has been proven that diesel trucks do not need a “heat up” time before driving. Twice the wear on the engine is actually caused when a truck idles for an extended period of time. Elongated wear on an engine will cause expensive repairs and will even shorten the lifespan of the truck itself. This can be a costly mistake for companies that run fleet businesses.

Prevent Accidents

Enhanced tracking systems show a vehicle’s current tire pressure. An alert can be sent to the fleet manager or the driver to state the pressure is low. Because trucks usually run on the same tires for many miles, this can help eliminate tire blowouts and possibly save lives.

Also, some GPS features include a driving time tracker. Drivers and managers can work together to decide appropriate time limits on their driving thresholds. Alerts will then be sent to the manager and the driver to say that the driver has been going non-stop for said amount of miles or hours. Driver drowsiness is a common safety hazard that can completely be eliminated using this feature. Lastly, other safety measures can be monitored from right inside the vehicle. Procedural necessities such as safety belt usage and hard stops will be shown to the fleet manager. If a belt becomes detached quickly or a forceful stop is employed, it could be a matter of life or death for that driver. This technology provides an extra insurance policy for company owners' peace of mind.

GPS technology is an evolving resource that is now more cost-efficient than ever. Keeping up to date on the latest improvements can make a huge difference in the overall safety of workers, expenses spent on repairs and ultimately a corporation’s reputation with their customers.

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