By RAM Tracking on 1 Feb 2023
As an SME it's important that you understand where your vehicles are to ensure that drivers are maximising their productivity for the day. Utilising a vehicle tracking system is a fantastic way to achieve this, however, when you're faced with so many different options, it can make it difficult to know which one to choose.
Within this blog, we will highlight the top five features that you should look for when you are choosing your vehicle tracking system.
One of the most important features when it comes to choosing a vehicle tracking system is being able to track your fleet in realtime. By tracking your fleet in realtime, you are able to make informed decisions regarding your fleet, which will help you to improve both productivity and overall efficiency for the day. Realtime tracking allows you to see the exact, current location, of each vehicle, as well as other important factors such as the current speed.
Having access to detailed reporting functionality is an incredibly important feature that you need to look out for in a vehicle tracking system. Being able to look at your historical data and evaluate the overall performance of your fleet allows you to make appropriate changes where it is necessary to do so. Detailed reporting can include information about overall fuel consumption, how often they rapidly accelerate and harshly brake as well as general route information so you can proactively optimise your driver's routes. Information like this helps you recognise areas your fleet can improve on helping to improve efficiency and productivity whilst reducing overall costs.
How your drivers behave behind the wheel will have a significant impact on not just how efficient your fleet is, but it puts your drivers as well as the general public in harm's way. A good vehicle tracking system will allow you to not only monitor the behaviour of your drivers in realtime, but you should also be able to carry out reports that show you historical information on their driving style. This could include instances of speeding, harsh braking, idling and rapid acceleration, etc. Information like this allows you to understand which drivers need a 1 to 1 coaching session to improve their habits behind the wheel. Not only will it take them out of harm's wau, but it can help you to reduce the amount of wasted fuel on a day-to-day basis.
Being able to monitor your fleet is important, but what if you're not at your computer when you get an email notification? That's when a mobile app that integrates with the vehicle tracking system becomes crucial. By having a mobile app you can access important information regarding your fleet anytime, anywhere. Particularly useful if your fleet manager is on the go and requires information on their fleet even when they are out and about.
You should also look for a vehicle tracking system that can integrate with other systems that you may already be using. This allows you to not have to look around between various different systems just to get one piece of information. A good vehicle tracking system will allow you to use an API to maximise the information that you have streamlining your workflow and improving efficiency. This makes it a lot easier to manage your fleet and track important information.
To conclude, implementing a vehicle tracking system is an incredibly important decision for an SME. If you're looking to improve your fleet management, choosing the right system can be what makes and breaks your fleet management. A system with the right features puts you on the right path to improve efficiency and your overall cost-effectiveness.
The believe that these are the most important features so you can not only make the most out of your time but also so you can save money and ensure that your vehicles are in the best working condition. By keeping these features in mind when you begin your vehicle tracking system journey you will be able to make an informed decision and you will choose the right system for your business.
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