When it comes to large workforces that are mobile, safety is of the utmost importance. Field safety requires not just quality equipment but a proper procedure in use. Quality driving is important to make sure operations are both safe and efficient, but ensuring such quality has been difficult in the past.
There are currently utilities that companies use for global-positioning of vehicles that show fleet vehicles positioning to provide the companies with data that allows for more efficient delivery or transport. Such benefits go just beyond productivity however, as it also promotes safety.
The improved drive behavior is one of the benefits of the tracking systems. GPS vehicles tend to stay on course and avoid improper or dangerous driving thanks to the knowledge of being tracked. Excessive speeds, hard braking, and erratic driving are all diminished in vehicles that are being followed.
There are also generally fewer accidents for drivers who have tracking devices. The average crash can cost an employer over $16,500. Workers who have on-the-job crashes that result in injury, the cost shoots up to $74,000. When fatality is involved, half-a-million is the average paid out. By being able to monitor dangerous behavior, lives as well as money can be saved. With up-to-the-minute tracking, dangerous driving can be curtailed early.
The improvement of on-the-spot locating for maintenance efficiency is another large factor with vehicle tracking. Knowing the moment when a vehicle breaks down, as well as what needs to be fixed is all part of the efficiency improvement when it comes to tracking. Quality maintenance also means that vehicles are always up to inspection needs so that regulatory requirements do not slow down shipments.
In general, the cost-saving aspect as well as the safer fleet are quality positives that promote the use of tracking systems for fleets. By keeping shipments actively efficient and safe, the cost-effective qualities of the company can maintain at optimal levels.