As a fleet manager, you want to ensure your fleet runs smoothly, arrives on time, and contributes to the growth of your company. Fleet managers need to be able to monitor drivers to limit wasted fuel, deter improper use of company vehicles, and enforce company speed limits. GPS vehicle tracking is an ideal solution to accomplish these tasks and improve your drivers’ behavior.
How GPS Vehicle Tracking Improves Driver Behavior
At Sky Patrol, we offer fleet management services that include GPS vehicle tracking and more to ensure that you are able to access data in real time to better manage your drivers. If you’re interested in finding an easier way to have safer and more efficient drivers, then contact our Top Rated Local® company today to learn about our GPS tracking solutions.
Not only is speeding unsafe, but it also reduces the gas mileage of your fleet vehicles. With GPS fleet management services, you can set up automatic alerts or review reports during any date range to identify any drivers who regularly drive over the speed limit set by your company. Since speeding is actually one of the most common offenses among fleet drivers, the ability to monitor how fast your fleet vehicles travel enables you to quickly analyze speeding or other problematic driving patterns.
Reduce Fuel Consumption
One of the easiest ways to save money is to reduce the fuel consumption of your fleet. With that in mind, it’s important to know that your drivers’ behavior has a significant impact on the amount of fuel that each vehicle uses. From driving too fast and leaving an idling vehicle to taking longer routes and more, your fleet drivers could be spending more money on fuel than they should. As a fleet manager, you can use GPS vehicle tracking to improve driver behavior and reduce your fuel consumption. Establish company policies on acceptable average and top speeds, acceptable idling time, and other driving behaviors, and use fleet management services from Sky Patrol to enforce these policies.
Review Safety Report Cards
Safety report cards and driver ratings allow fleet managers to better understand their employees’ driving patterns as well as determine specific areas for improvement and extra training. The report cards allow you to determine if you need to focus on a few individual drivers or address the entire fleet. Knowing which drivers exhibit unsafe driving patterns the most or the least gives you the opportunity to reward and reinforce safe driving habits.
One great aspect of GPS vehicle tracking for fleet managers is the ability to view an interactive replay of routes. See a visual history of your drivers’ activity, review indicators of unsafe driving, and play back each driver’s history to pinpoint any other unsafe driving behaviors. When you have drivers handling longer trips, you can break down their routes into detailed segments to more thoroughly assess their driving, including the ability to view street-level details.
Perhaps one of the best features of GPS tracking for your fleet is the ability to send real-time alerts to your drivers when you detect unsafe driving behaviors. In addition to alerting the driver that they have committed an unsafe action, the alerts can also help you identify potentially unsafe driving patterns that need to be addressed. As a fleet manager, you can use these alerts and insights to provide better training for individual drivers and to clearly set expectations for fleet-wide driving behavior.
Hard Acceleration and Braking
Both acceleration and braking need to be performed in a safe manner. Accelerating too fast can be dangerous for your drivers as well as for the other drivers around them. Braking too hard is also an unsafe driving behavior. In addition to the potential dangers posed by hard accelerating and braking, these behaviors cause unnecessary wear and tear on brake pads and other vehicle components. GPS vehicle tracking enables you to identify drivers who exhibit these patterns so that you can address the situation, protect your vehicles, and provide proper training.
Aggressive driving involves driving patterns that go beyond hard acceleration and braking. Drivers who take unnecessary risks often exhibit some or all of the following driving behaviors:
- Harsh braking
- Rapid acceleration
- Swerving in and out of lanes
- And more
Larger vehicles have larger blind spots, require more time to slow down, and need more space when changing lanes. Make sure that your fleet drivers do not exhibit aggressive driving behavior when you use GPS vehicle tracking software from Sky Patrol. Contact us today to learn more about the features you can expect from our Top Rated Local® company.
Reduce Personal Use
Your fleet vehicles should only be used for company purposes, which means that it’s important to reduce personal use by your drivers. Personal use of fleet vehicles can cost you money for fuel as well as repairs due to the extra wear and tear. In fact, a significant portion of the fuel consumption and wear and tear on fleet vehicles is due to employees driving work vehicles for personal use. When you use GPS vehicle tracking software, however, you can immediately receive alerts if your vehicles are started after hours or if they are driven out of a designated area by a predetermined geofence.
At Sky Patrol, we know that you want to manage your fleet more efficiently to maximize profits and minimize poor driver behavior. Contact us today to learn about the variety of GPS tracking solutions we offer to assist you with your fleet management services.