Some fleet managers and drivers still can’t decide if to use GPS tracking or forget about it altogether. This should not be the case – every truck has plenty to gain from having a GPS system. In fact, here are some good reasons a truck should have a GPS
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When you use a fleet management system, it is easier to know that things have gone wrong. For instance, when the truck has been stolen. Since the designated routes the truck will take are known before it leaves, the GPS helps give constant updates on whether the truck is on the right route. When a route diversion occurs, those managing the truck can know that things have gone wrong and take action in time to avoid losses or risks to the driver’s life.
2. Fleet Managers can Monitor their Drivers
When managing a fleet of trucks, it can be hard to understand what each driver is up to once they get on the road. Some drivers might be driving fast or erratically, putting your trucks, the delivery packages, their own lives, and those of other motorists at risk. But having a GPS system on the truck can eliminate that behavior since the driver knows that they are being watched.
Additionally, these systems are able to tell fleet managers if their drivers are working under the right conditions. For instance, the GPS systems can monitor driving hours, hours of sleep, mileage, and other important information about the welfare of the driver. The GPS systems also give drivers hands-free connectivity features, and video and music players that can make the job a lot easier for them.
3. Route Efficiency
A GPS system does more than tell the driver which route they should follow, it also tells them the most optimal route to use. By helping drivers avoid roads that have traffic jams or other problems that might make the journey longer or even tougher, GPS systems can improve route efficiency considerably. The benefits here include timelier arrivals and less fatigue for the driver.
4. The GPS System Assists the Driver
The best GPS for trucks will typically come with lots of important features that will be specific to the industry. These features will make the driver better at their job as they can provide information about weigh bridges, truck stops, rest stops and so forth. The GPS systems can also provide information about speed limits, emergency services, and vehicle repair services. In other words, the devices can make your
driver’s life much easier.
5. Fuel Efficiency
Trucks are real fuel hogs. Therefore, anything that can help reduce fuel costs such as GPS systems should be very welcome. A GPS system can help conserve fuel by helping the driver find faster and shorter routes, which would translate into reduced fuel usage. The gadgets can even inform drivers of the most cost-friendly fueling stations along the way. Additionally, drivers are less inclined to deviate from the
designated routes, which would typically result in increased fuel usage.
6. Better Quality Services for Customers
Having GPS systems on your trucks can help you provide better quality services to your customers. That is because these gadgets can tell you precisely where your truck is in relation to a client in need of your transportation services. Therefore, you can easily direct the truck nearest to the customer. The improved efficiency should result in timelier services to the customer, which should improve client satisfaction
7. Resource Optimization
GPS systems can generate lots of information about the fleet, and this data can be used to improve the efficiency of your resource use. For instance, you can use information about engine handling, driving behavior, and fuel usage to come up with ideas for reducing wastage and improving efficiency.
If you are yet to get a GPS system for your truck; it’s the high time you did. There are many compelling reasons why this device should have a permanent spot on any truck. With these devices, you can improve fuel efficiency, monitor your fleet and drivers, improve quality of service, and increase the security of your trucks.