Keeping track of vehicle services and driving logs is a common challenge for contractors. End fleet maintenance troubles and take the initiative to preserve assets with GPS tracking technology.
By installing GPS tracking for vehicle fleets, a construction company not only gains tools to monitor maintenance, but it also receives complete fleet visibility with real-time location intelligence for all vehicles and heavy equipment. Automating a fleet’s maintenance will take the guess work out of maintenance management and keep vehicles and heavy equipment at work for longer.
GPS tracking software will help prevent costly and unnecessary breakdowns, avoid lost business or down time due to breakdowns, and monitor driver behavior to control how vehicles are being used. By scheduling maintenance reminders and providing simple reports, GPS tracking takes a labor-intensive, paper-pushing process and automates it for business owners and their teams.
With advanced maintenance platforms, such as GPS Insight’s Maintenance Module, a user can enter in any type of maintenance based on mileage intervals, run time hours or set dates. This could include services such as oil changes, tire rotations, and other preventative maintenance needed for company vehicles or heavy equipment. A user also can schedule the software to make reminders about warranty expirations or yearly renewals such as registration tags. The maintenance reminders will be sent as an email, a text message or on the GPS tracking dashboard as a flashing alert.
Service logs allow fleet managers to easily associate costs of maintenance items for better analysis. The software can provide an exact figure of what each vehicle costs to operate and maintain. Notes also can be entered to keep a clear view of what was performed during a repair and track procedures that may lower costs in the future.
Reduce Wear and Tear
One of the easiest ways to extend vehicle and asset lifecycles is to reduce run-time and mileage. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, one being to reduce unauthorized usage. Set up an alert that will go off when vehicles are traveling places or running during times that they shouldn’t.
Another way to reduce mileage is to improve dispatching and monitor routes taken. Sending the best vehicle to a jobsite and ensuring the driver takes the best possible route will cut daily miles and ultimately reduce wear and tear.
Idle time is often a problem for fleets because it creates unnecessary run-time and wastes fuel. GPS tracking software can control excessive idling with automated alerts that are sent to the driver of a vehicle that idles for more than an acceptable amount of time, telling him to shut off the vehicle.
Monitoring driver behavior will also reduce wear and tear. GPS tracking allows management to virtually ride shotgun with each driver; if a manager were in the cab with each employee, they would certainly drive more carefully and be on their best behavior. Ensure vehicles and heavy equipment are used appropriately every day so that they require less frequent maintenance and last longer.
Reduce Liability and Risk
Monitoring driver behavior will also reduce a fleet’s liability and risk. GPS tracking software creates awareness of at-risk drivers with scorecards that summarize harsh braking and rapid acceleration incidents, speeding and excessive idle time. This feature can help a fleet manager to reduce accidents and reduce insurance premiums.
GPS tracking software eliminates the headaches and paperwork traditionally involved in fleet management. Automating all maintenance, reducing vehicle and asset wear and tear, and reducing risk and liability will certainly extend vehicle lifecycles. Put an end to old management practices and take full control of your fleet with GPS tracking software.