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Greener Days with Fleet Safety for Lawn Care and Landscaping Cos.

July 11, 2019

A service fleet like a lawn care service is sure to derive major benefits for productivity and fleet safety from a GPS-based telematics solution. Here are some reasons why: 

Productivity from monitoring on-site movement

Often, there are cases of personnel not following routes or not being at customer locations, resulting in overtime expense and poor customer service. Geo-fencing is a location-based service that uses GPS to define a virtual perimeter around a defined geographic area, and sends out automatic notifications/alerts.

A fleet tracking solution with geofencing can track movements around the site, making the team more accountable. This translates to higher productivity and lowers monthly manpower cost. Especially during the busy months in spring and summer, you want to check your labor costs while doing brisk business.

Savings from proactive fleet maintenance

Breakdowns can be expensive both in repair costs and to customer service.. They annoy customers and throw your team out of gear. There's one way to avert it. Maintenance alerts which will give you signs before anything drastic like an engine problem occurs.

A GPS-based tracking solution not only provides engine diagnostic alerts, it can serve reminders for tune-ups and other preventive maintenance activity.

In addition to your maintenance schedule based on the miles driven, this is a way to take steps to lower maintenance cost and avoid disruptions to service. The updated records and maintenance history of each vehicle helps in managing costs. The more vehicles you have, your maintenance savings become significant.

Attention to expensive assets

As a lawncare business, you have costly equipment that you use on client sites. You want to know how much they are in use and where they are, at all times. Accurate fleet and asset tracking help you avoid losses and monitor asset utilization

If you have only a few vehicles, your ROI from a GPS fleet tracking solution will come easily from the money you save by remaining accident-free, and eliminating overtime.

Monitor driving, reduce the gallons

Fleets of all sizes burn up more fuel than they should. A reduction of even 5% in fuel use can save a significant number of dollars each month, and adds up to a tidy sum in a year. 

Your fleet tracking GPS solution can monitor your staff's driving behaviors and save fuel. When they drive only the necessary miles in a day, and drive without speeding, and avoid wasteful idling, you will immediately see improved fuel economy in your lawn care/landscaping fleet.

Sound the warning, save the driver

Some driving behaviors don’t just add costs to your fleet maintenance, they are just plain unsafe. There could be an accident waiting to happen. Your business needs to mitigate that risk by deploying a GPS tracking and monitoring solution across your lawn care fleet.

The solution will ideally offer in-cab buzzers so drivers are warned in real-time about speeding or sudden braking. The immediacy of feedback has many times more impact than if you reviewed the same after a week.

You will also know exactly which of your staff members needs coaching. Since the type and frequency of the error is exactly known, it’s possible to arrange targeted training intervention. Not just that, your GPS tracking solution's telematics data can help you in case there is an enquiry into an instance of speeding or even an accident. 

Your lawn care business's image improves when your staff are always driving safely and yet consistently arrive at customer sites on time. Azuga customers report an average reduction of 57% in citations for traffic violations. Moreover, they are taking 28% less time to reach their customers!

In order to improve your fleet operations and business efficiency, you need actual data. Azuga works with customers to help analyze their fleet data, and to effect improvements that result in superior fleet ROI within weeks of deploying our solution.