When using GPS tracking technology to optimize your fleet’s efficiency, there are several key considerations to weigh. The real value inherent in GPS trackers lies in the software that powers them. The data captured and presented by GPS trackers can be immense and potentially overwhelming, especially if you have a sizable fleet. To ensure you get the insights you need, keep these three things in mind.
1- Monitor the right assets with GPS Tracking
To realize the efficiency gains that GPS monitoring devices can offer, make sure to install trackers in all of your fleet’s vehicles — not just a few. It’s the only way to see if certain vehicles in the fleet are underutilized. With this kind of rich data, you’ll be able to determine if you actually need a new truck or van to meet demand, or if you just need to better utilize the vehicles that you already have.
Another critical factor thing to consider: not all vehicles are equal. The performance data from a 2012 Peterbilt may be dramatically different than the performance data from a 2016 Sprinter van. Making fleetwide decisions based on a small sample of vehicles is not recommended. Total fleet optimization requires a more complete picture.
2- Collect accurate GPS data
When it comes to GPS tracking data, consistency is key. This is why we recommend routine inspections to make sure every GPS tracker is properly connected and shows no sign of tampering.
Missing a day or week of data can compromise your decision-making abilities. To safeguard against data loss, institute routine equipment checks that protect your investment and deliver the ROI you expect and need from all business infrastructure investments.
3- Focus on the data that matters most
Instead of trying to extract value from every data point, focus on what matters the most to your bottom line. In other words, see the data for the trees.
When fleet costs soar, use the software to stay on top of fuel efficiency for each vehicle in the fleet. If you’re drowning in customer complaints, use the software to assess the delays and other reasons why. As insurance premiums rise, use the software to determine which of your drivers are the most accident-prone and apply a necessary course correction.
By following these basic guidelines, your investment in GPS tracking products will pay dividends, right away.