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Getting Started: Beginner’s Tips For GPS Fleet Tracking

If you’ve decided it’s time to install web-based GPS fleet trackers on your commercial vehicle fleet, congratulations! You’re on your way to running a more efficient, data-driven trucking operation. With web-based tracking devices, you’ll be impressed by how much more your team can accomplish.

However, the process of choosing and installing tracking software can pose a few challenges. Fleet managers should take caution and do research to ensure they’re getting the right tracking solutions for their unique business.

If you’re in the market for fleet tracking equipment, read on. Here are three steps to get you started with web-based GPS solutions for your fleet:

1. Set Up A Budget and Goals

At the end of the day, installing vehicle trackers is about saving money. With GPS tracking equipment, you’ll be better able to dispatch efficiently and manage fuel use, which reduces waste and saves the company serious amounts of cash. As such, it’s important to choose GPS fleet trackers that make sense for your business– if you choose a model that’s too expensive, or that doesn’t have the features you need, you could actually end up losing money.

Before you purchase, take the time to carefully assess your fleet applications and the potential technical specifications that may be required. Specifications such as hardwired or plug and play, inputs for PTO or beacon lights, 12 volt or 24 volt system ready. Then, brainstorm what you hope to accomplish with your new equipment. Are you hoping to maximize driver safety? Do you want to improve fuel economy? Make a list of your priorities, in order, so that you’ll be better prepared to find an option that meets most of your top needs.

2. Choose The Right Software

Once you’ve determined your fleet’s needs, it’s time to select the best tracking software and equipment. Your fleet requirements have their own set of unique challenges and goals. It’s not often you find an off-the-shelf product that will meet all of your requirements. Your telematics partner should be capable of working with you to develop a tailored GPS tracking solution that meets your specific needs and budget..   For example, if reducing fuel consumption is the goal, you should ask if the GPS tracking solution monitors engine idling and the amount of fuel burned at idle, and does the system monitor speed, aggressive driving, and provide the tools necessary to help manage fuel waste and unsafe driving behaviour down. Does the solution compile monthly graphs and data spreadsheets for you? By keeping data presentation in mind, you’ll be able to select the most streamlined tracking solution.

3. Introduce Carefully

Once you’ve obtained the tracking equipment, introduce it to your drivers and other employees with tact and honesty. Sometimes, drivers view GPS trackers as a breach of trust, or as a form of micromanagement. Explain that your installing equipment to help the whole team thrive, and that you’ll be introducing success measures gradually to ensure a smooth transition. Also, point out that trackers can keep drivers safe– since studies show that a 1 km/h decrease in traveling speed can lead to a 2–3% reduction in road crashes, safety tracking software could even help save their lives. Soon, you may be surprised how much your drivers depend upon the equipment to make their job simpler and improve their own performance.

Installing GPS tracking software is an exciting step for any trucking business. Use these tips to ensure you choose the right software and that your transition goes smoothly. For more information, contact us at Titan GPS today!

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