GPS fleet tracking is a system that tracks commercial vehicles as they go about their day. Far more than just a way to keep an eye on drivers, such a system can offer many other benefits. It can help reduce fuel costs, boost fleet safety, improve dispatch and routing, and even help track maintenance needs.
If you’re setting up fleet tracking for the first time, or simply looking for a new solution, we want to help. We have five tips to help you successfully implement GPS tracking for your commercial fleet.
Tip #1: Choose the Right GPS Fleet Tracking System
The first thing you need to do is choose a fleet tracking system. You want one that will work well with your fleet today, but also can grow with you into the future. You also need to ensure that the solution you choose includes all the features you need. Finally, look for a solution that quickly offers a sufficient ROI.
Once you’ve narrowed down the field to a few top picks, you’ll want to see what others have said about your choices. Read customer reviews and compare a few different systems before making a decision.
Tip #2: Install the GPS Tracking Devices Correctly
Some fleet tracking devices are more difficult than others to install. If you’ve chosen a solution like Azuga that simply plugs into the OBDII port, this step should be quick and easy. If not, carefully follow the instructions to ensure proper installation. You want to ensure a good connection to give your fleet access to all the available features.
Tip #3: Set Up the GPS Tracking System Correctly
Next, it’s time to set up the other end of the tracking system. For basic tracking devices, this may simply mean downloading an app or software package. If you’ve chosen an option with more features, you might need to set up custom reports, choose and implement any add-on features you want, and choose the settings that are right for your business.
As part of this step, you’ll also need to train your employees on how to use the system. User-friendly tracking solutions will make this simple and quick, while others may require hours of training before implementation. You also want to be sure everyone understands how and where to get help from the vendor if needed.
Tip #4: Use the GPS Tracking System To Improve Your Operations
There’s no sense in investing the time and money into a fleet tracking solution if you’re not going to use it to full advantage. Be sure you’re making the most of your fleet tracking system’s features. Learn how to read the reports it generates and turn them into actionable insights. Contact your insurance company to inquire about premium discounts related to your tracking solution.
Tip #5: Keep the GPS Tracking System Up to Date
Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your solution always has the most up-to-date features and bug fixes available. For some options, this will come standard with a subscription from the vendor. For other options, you may need to manually download and install any updates. Be sure you know how and where to get updates for your chosen solution.
Azuga: Your Top Pick for Fleet Tracking.
Azuga helps you make the most of GPS fleet tracking. Our solution features:
- Quick, plug-in installation that will only take about 20 seconds per vehicle.
- An easy-to-use interface that works equally well on mobile devices or in the office.
- All the additional features you could want, allowing you to customize your software to fit your business needs.
- A solution that is designed around fleet safety, keeping your drivers secure while on the road.
- Diagnostics data that will help you reduce operating costs, maximize efficiency, and keep drivers happy and safe.
- Streamlined dispatching and real-time route adjustments.
- Insightful custom reports that give you the data you need without all the noise.
- Maintenance alerts to keep your fleet running at its best.
If this sounds like the kind of tracking solution you need for your commercial fleet, we’d love to chat! Schedule a demo with our team and let us show you how Azuga can benefit your fleet.