GPS fleet tracking offers construction companies more control over vehicle and equipment costs. Discover these five advantages.
By Robert J. Hall
For construction companies, finding ways to reduce costs and improve income is always a top priority. Yet management often loses control over vehicle and equipment fleet costs. GPS fleet tracking is one tool you can use to get back in control, and stay there. With the right fleet tracking system, you can reduce fuel costs, reduce wear, reduce maintenance costs, lower your exposure to theft, and improve billing accuracy.
Stop Excess Idling
On the construction site, unneeded idling is far too common. This driver behavior wastes fuel and increases wear and tear on engines. GPS fleet tracking can alert fleet management or job-site managers to this problem, helping re-train drivers and workers to turn vehicles off when they are not in use.
Stop Unauthorized Use
Unauthorized use can come in more than one form. For some fleets, the problem is because of unapproved use on the job site. For others, workers use work vehicles for personal trips. This adds not only fuel costs, but also increases the fleet’s liability. Fleet tracking will alert management to these types of trips, putting a stop to all types of illicit use.
Reduce Maintenance Costs
Reducing fuel costs is an obvious benefit of GPS fleet tracking for construction fleets. Many managers are surprised to find they also lower their maintenance costs when they install a GPS tracking system. This happens in two ways:
- The reduced unauthorized use and idling time helps limit the amount of vehicle damage. Fewer miles driven means less maintenance.
- Many systems offer automatic maintenance notifications, so fleet management teams are less likely to overlook the needed maintenance for their fleets. With proper preventative maintenance, vehicles have longer lives and less costly maintenance needs.
Always Know Location of Vehicles
Knowing where each piece of equipment is allows you to efficiently transfer equipment from one job site to the next. If you have two similar pieces of equipment, you can transfer the one located closest to the job site. At the end of the day, you will instantly know where all of your equipment is, so you are ready to start the next workday prepared for the tasks at hand.
An added benefit of knowing where equipment is at all times is the greater chance of recovering stolen equipment. Unfortunately, construction equipment is at high risk of being stolen. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, each year more than 10,000 pieces of heavy-duty equipment are stolen from job sites. GPS fleet tracking allows construction companies to report the last known location of a vehicle with accuracy. That gives law enforcement a greater chance of recovering it. Because of this benefit, insurance companies often offer reduced premiums to fleets that use GPS tracking.
More Accurate Billing
Construction companies using GPS fleet tracking can bill their customers more accurately and easily. Because you have the GPS tracking data showing where your equipment and crew were at all times, you can quickly add up the time spent on the job. GPS fleet tracking software provides a measure of proof if your customer wishes to dispute the bill, so you no longer end up with a “he said, she said” situation.
About The Author
Robert J. Hall is president of Track Your Truck, maker of GPS vehicle tracking systems and software for small and midsized companies.