The life of a fleet manager is never easy. With drivers here, there and everywhere, sent across the country – or even the continent in some cases – at all hours of the day to make deliveries and collections, it can be particularly difficult to remain in touch with them to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Talking on the phone is not only ill advised, it’s illegal, and while hands-free devices have become much more user-friendly in recent years they still distract the driver from their duty to some extent. So rather than waiting until they take their compulsory breaks to find out where their drivers are, fleet owners have invested in some of the latest technology to keep a close eye on every single one of their vehicles.
Taking GPS technology similar to that used in satellite navigation systems, vehicles can now be fitted with devices that provide an accurate location of the vehicle, reporting it back to the fleet manager at the depot. This is proving to be highly beneficial in numerous ways in addition to helping the fleet manager to monitor locations.
For example, if they get a call from a customer wondering where their delivery is, the manager can access the location of the vehicle and report back to the customer exactly where the driver is and how long it should take them to arrive
In addition, insurance companies are looking favorably at vehicles with these devices fitted because they reduce the risk of the vehicle being lost permanently and having to make significant payouts. This benefits the company hugely, because insurance – especially in the haulage industry – can be a huge part of the annual budget. Anything that can be saved and either added to company profits or reinvested in another area of the business can only be a good thing in tricky financial times for all businesses.
This article was written by UK-based technology writer Matt Rawlings. With ten years of writing experience, Matt is an expert on fleet tracking devices as well as mobile phones, laptops and more of the latest tech.