In a perfect fleet the drivers would always avoid harsh breaking, excessive idling, and observe posted speed limits. We know that this doesn’t always happen, which can put safety on the line and waste fuel. Fleet driving behavior is a popular reason many companies opt to make the investment in GPS fleet trackers because the benefits far outweigh the cost to implement the system.
Driving 10 mph over the limit can increase your fuel bills up to 15% according to the EPA. Reducing speeds on roads with speeds limits over 55mph can save an average of $21,000 to $80,00 per truck in fuel bills. This does not include savings on accident avoidance or vehicle maintenance.
Companies that use fleet tracking technology to optimize their fleet operations can solve the problem by using the same system to monitor driver behavior. Reports based on metrics gathered by the system’s GPS tracking units and in some cases connected sensors can identify habitual speeders and idlers, zero in other bad habits like harsh braking and high RPMs, compare individual drivers against fleet averages, and more. Other features include comparing actual driving speeds to posted speeds and seat belt detections so that you can identify unsafe driving behviors and ensure the safety of both your fleet and employees. Poor fleet driving behavior such as idling can cost your company more money than you might think. These costs can add up quickly but implementing GPS vehicle tracking can help combat these extra costs and can help your business in the long run.
Armed with proof, you can take action to cure offenders of their errant ways using both the carrot (training) and the stick (penalties) when necessary. It may be tough to teach an old driver new tricks, but the first step is knowing who has a lead foot or a tendency to leave a truck idling during a sales call. If you have a fleet tracking system, that information can be just a few clicks away.
GPS Tracking America can offer you a tailor solution for your unique business needs and budget. You can find our GPS fleet tracking devices in our shop or you can call us at 1-877-477-0987 to speak directly to one of our sales representatives.