Should you be tracking the speed of your fleet on a daily basis?

Should you be tracking the speed of your fleet on a daily basis?

By RAM Tracking on 4 Sep 2018

Depending on the size of your company, your fleet could come in a whole range of shape and sizes. Delivery or courier based businesses may have a mix of large heavy goods vehicles for transporting large crates of packages, or they may use vehicles as small at mopeds or motorcycles for fast urban deliveries. Regardless or size, the speed at which your drivers and vehicles travel is crucial for a number of factors that we will explain in this article

Time is money

The speed at which your fleet travels dictates how quickly your business can react to customer request, complete jobs and the safety of their goods and passengers. A fleet that runs behind time or not at all, is hugely disruptive to the business and may see stress levels go up and time wasted on repairing damage done. Keeping an eye on your fleet’s speed can give you a clear understanding of just how efficient your business and where it needs to be. GPS vehicle tracking devices like the ones we offer at RAM Tracking can allow you to quickly understand how long a journey will take and how much that equates to in cost.

On time arrival is key to customer satisfaction

Arriving late to a customer isn’t just bad for your business, it’s bad for theirs as well. Inefficient route planning or delays caused by your driver will only disrupt and infuriate your customers. Having access to a GPS tracker means that if the situation turns south, you can at the very least pre-empt complaints and proactively contact the customer to let them know where the driver is and what the new estimated time of arrival is expected to be. This may be just enough to help heal the relationship and show that you care about their business.

Speeding is a matter of life or death

Unfortunately, 800 Canadians die and another 3,000 are injured every year due to speeding according to speeding research. Whilst getting to customers on time is important, it’s not worth losing a life over. Vehicle trackers with GPS technology can help act as a deterrent to drivers in order to reduce their speeds and work well as an education system. Speeding reports can be used on an individual driver basis to warn or punish so that driver’s will not put their life at risk.

Wear and tear

Speeding excessively may get your fleet to its destination faster but it also puts the vehicle under more stress than it needs. Vehicles such as trucks and vans aren’t designed for high speed travel, so when they are frequently above the recommended speed limit, every part of the vehicle is being stretched to work a little harder. The harder it works, and the more frequently it is made to, the 

more likely that repairs and maintenance will be required to keep it in shape. This can prove to be a costly exercise for the sake of just a few extra minutes shaved off a journey.

Insurance costs

Driver’s that are caught speeding by the law enforcement agencies are likely to see punishments and penalties in court. As well as this, their record will likely see your insurance premiums rise as insurers need more cost to cover dangerous law breakers. Explaining the benefits of safe and legal driving to your fleet team using GPS tracking, case studies and training sessions will help them understand that sometimes slower driving is saving the company money, and potentially giving them a larger bonus at the end of the year.

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