Vehicle Tracking Could Help Save £1,000's on fuelby Guest Posting on 2012-11-04 00:50:37
Vehicle tracking, uses GPS signals to relay real time data for the location of a vehicle, including where a vehicle is, the speed that it is travelling, the distance they have travelled and how far away they are from the next customer. Reports can be made of this data to highlight information that will be useful for the end user. In order to improve performance, you must first be able to measure it.
For companies that use fleet tracking software and hardware, the advances in technology become more and more useful each year. Each advancement enables the business to save time and money on a large fleet of vehicles, whilst at the same time increasing productivity and improving customer service. This article will look at how your company can utilise some of the many features of GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems that will help you save money on fuel:
Driver Behaviour - Smart Telematics Systems can be used to prevent fuel consumption by providing real time data to a business about the behaviour of a driver in a company vehicle. The data can then be used to generate reports containing useful information for the company to decide how best to act to save money on fuel. Monitoring Driver Behaviour can show how cost efficient a vehicle is being driven by displaying information such as: how harsh the braking is, the speed of which a vehicle is travelling, the amount of time spent in RPM bands, How much Power Take Off is being used, the length of time while the engine is running, oil pressures and levels of oil and excessive engine idling time. This information can all be used to compile a report to display fuel consumption and efficiency and decisions can be made on how best to act on the results.
The AA (Automobile Association) recommends driving smoothly by accelerating gently and avoiding unnecessary braking. Information on optimal speeds, gear changes and general maintenance of a vehicle will be shown in the report so that drivers can be made aware of their driving behaviour.
Route Optimisation – A simple, yet effective solution to excessive fuel consumption. The tracking of a vehicle will show the routes that the vehicle has used to get from A to B, displaying turn by turn information a screen, the tracking software can help show the best routes available to ensure that the vehicle ends up at its destination faster, but also more efficiently.
Integrated Satellite Navigation Systems can help improve fuel efficiency by ensuring that drivers always know where they are going, the navigation system doubles as an all in one dispatch messaging system which will identify the nearest vehicle to a job and send that vehicle, showing the best route available. Instant messaging from office to cab can be used to display information about where to go next, not only helping to save fuel, but also boosting productivity at the same time. The navigation system will follow the speed of the vehicle and warn when excessive speeds have been hit to advise the driver to slow down, ensuring that the driver will constantly be aware of his speed and trying to help maintain an average speed that will be fuel efficient.
Depending on how a company utilises the information received from vehicle tracking, they could end up saving a lot on fuel. The information provided in reports from vehicle tracking systems can be very useful to a company, ensuring that all of their drivers are driving economically thus saving money on fuel.