By RAM Tracking on 24 Aug 2017
Decades ago, when a company vehicle left the depot with its delivery in tow, that would be the last you would see of the vehicle and driver until they returned at the end of their shift. There was no way of knowing where they went, how long it took them to deliver a package, and how long the vehicle was idle for. Of course, mobile phones came into play and this changed things significantly. But any business will know that there is an expense to a mobile, as well as the fact that they can be lost, stolen and damaged too easily. Which is why vehicle trackers can help a business to plan far more efficiently than ever before.
The data that can be generated by a tracker ensures that a fleet manager knows where the vehicle is traveling and when. It can be reported how long a vehicle is sat idling for, or even how long a particular journey can take. This information can be essential to help a manager plan routes and timing for a driver, improving their productivity. This means that the data captured could help a driver perform better with they time they have. Perhaps making more deliveries, or even just using the time they have more wisely.
Of course, driver productivity has much to do with the actions they take once they are behind the wheel and performing their duties. To be more productive would mean to ensure that they are following guidelines and routes, and also being accountable for their driving style and the actions they take. Erratic driving behaviour or even speeding can hinder their chances of being productive, rather than help them to succeed. Speeding can be a cost not only insured by a driver, but also a company. Having a tracker in place may also deter a driver from taking extended breaks, or even going somewhere they shouldn’t during work time. They will be far more aware that their actions are being monitored, and are therefore less likely to deter from their duties.
Vehicle tracking may be able to highlight potential problems with routes moving forward. Perhaps the data captured showed that recently a route has taken longer in the past, this could be down to road works or major traffic on that specific route plan. A vehicle tracking system could essentially help any fleet manager to change routes and guidelines for drivers, helping them to stay on the move for longer. A vehicle that is idle in traffic is not only causing delays, but also costing the business in time and in money in many ways, for example fuel consumption.
Finally, while it may not be an essential factor to a driver, planned routes can make them far more productive than leaving them to their own devices. Not all drivers have a vast knowledge on roads and the directions they could take in order to get there. A vehicle tracking system could highlight quick and easy routes, making a driver more productive as they concentrate on the task in hand, and not on the navigation side of things.
Driver productivity will always be an essential aspect of running a successful fleet and business, enabling a company to reduce costs while still maintaining their commitments. Vehicle tracking can help you do that - to find out more speak to our team.