Did you know that GPS vehicle tracking is not only a great way for your business to monitor financial output, but you can monitor driver behaviour and improve safety too. There are lots of types of data that modern vehicle tracking devices can record these days, and these can be used to determine areas of improvement.
Vehicle Tracking to Improve Driver Safety
In recent trends, according to research by Jose et al, car accident figures are on the rise. Safety while traveling is a big concern at the moment, and any way in which driver behaviour can be influenced to reduce accident numbers is worth investigating further. Intelligent vehicle monitoring systems that use GPS to record the location (among other data) of your vehicles are not only useful for tracing the exact coordinates of each part of your business’ fleet. They can also encourage safer driving.
A lot of people may assume, because of their name, that vehicle tracking devices merely tell you where the vehicle is. But depending on the type of tracker and how advanced it is, there is often a range of other types of data that you can gather. Speed of the vehicle, condition of the driver and tyre pressure are just a few examples. By being able to see and monitor this data, you can identify areas for improvement.
For instance, if a driver is speeding, you will be able to recognise and address this. Not only does the prevention of speeding improve safety (according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, “in 2015, 217 people were killed in crashes involving someone exceeding the speed limit and a further 132 people died when someone was travelling too fast for the conditions”), it can also help you avoid the costs of having to repair damaged vehicles or pay speeding fines. If your drivers continually receive fines and points for speeding offences, they could end up being disqualified from driving which would lead to loss of revenue in the time it takes to find a replacement, as reported by Trakm8.
Smart Remote Monitoring of Your Fleet
You can reduce the overall expenses of operating your vehicle fleet by having a good remote tracking system. Many devices are able to monitor fuel levels, so you can track fuel consumption and see if efficiency and/or driver habits can be improved. Vehicle tracking makes it easier to spot and plan for alternative routes based on your data on which journeys use the most fuel. You can also account for weather and road conditions, all factors helping to promote an ergonomic and cost-effective vehicle fleet for your business.
If you have even a small business vehicle fleet and aren’t already using a GPS tracking device to monitor this information, you could be spending more money on fuel or taking the risk of your drivers being fined and/or disqualified. The potential impact of neglecting to track this data is too large to risk.