Small businesses use GPS fleet tracking systems so they can always answer the question, “Where’s my vehicle, right now?” Knowing your vehicle and drivers’ location in real-time helps you deliver better customer service and respond more quickly to accidents—and so much more.
Let’s take a closer look at how GPS fleet tracking systems help small businesses.
But First, Just What Are GPS Fleet Tracking Systems?
Fleet tracking systems monitor a vehicle’s location, health, and driver activity. Leveraging GPS and motion-sensing technology (and more), they employ a small, wireless tracking device—it simply plugs into the vehicle’s OBD II portal—that communicates with cloud-based software.
The device reads, monitors, and logs real-time technical data and transmits it to remote servers where the information is securely stored for on-demand retrieval. Fleet managers and business owners have immediate access to trip details, vehicle location, alerts, and reports (and more!) via their internet-connected computers and devices.
With a fleet tracking system, you end up with tons actionable insights that help you manage costs, driver safety, vehicle maintenance, and even the customer experience. Learn more in The ABCs Of Telematics.
GPS Fleet Tracking Systems are Invaluable in These Situations:
- When a technician is supposed to be at customer’s location—but they’re not. Uh-oh. You may be at risk of losing the customer (and revenue) if you don’t respond quickly. Without real-time vehicle tracking, you may not know that your driver is stuck in traffic or off-route. And if drivers in your state need to adhere to mobile device bans, you may have trouble reaching your technician right away. GPS fleet tracking tools tell you where all of your company vehicles are located at any point in time so you communicate with your client or dispatch another nearby technician to service the call.
- When a company vehicle was in an accident—during employees’ personal time. It happens. Employees who drive company vehicles can run into roadside trouble on or off the job. It’s important for business owners to know—either way—when their assets are involved in a traffic incident. An accident can be costly and pose liability problems for everyone involved. GPS fleet tracking systems “keep watch” on your vehicle’s events 24/7 and you can get notified immediately when an accident is suspected.
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- When the IRS audits your taxes needs accurate mileage records for verification. The IRS requires accurate, detailed records that include trip dates, destinations, the total number of miles driven, and the business purpose. Without an automatic fleet tracking system, business owners rely on error-prone and often-incomplete manual records that are cumbersome to pull together and submit according to IRS regulations. On the other hand, a fleet telematics system collects all of the required data for each trip automatically and makes it easy to access and use for IRS reporting at tax time.
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