So, you’re considering installing a vehicle GPS tracking system into your fleet of trucks?
You’ve most likely heard of the benefits of installing a GPS tracking system but have also likely heard about employees’ resistance to such systems. In this article, I will lay out what a vehicle GPS tracking system is, benefits, drawbacks, and tips for implementing them.
What is a Vehicle GPS Tracking System?
A fleet GPS tracking system is just as it sounds, a system to track your vehicles via GPS. However, these systems do more than just show where your vehicles are at any given time. You can learn more about our tracking systems here.
Below are some of the many benefits you can expect when using our NO CONTRACT systems.
Save Time and Money
Fuel efficiency and speed are immediate benefits to a tracking system. Many GPS systems come with a display to help drivers navigate traffic and find faster routes, saving your company fuel.
Installing a GPS tracking system will help lower your insurance premiums. If a truck is stolen, the likelihood it will be recovered is higher, therefore a lower risk to the insurance company.
One more benefit is operators can more accurately time maintenance issues that are tied to mileage and usage. Well-maintained vehicles mean lower long-term costs.
GPS tracking systems show your customers shipping progress, delivery status, and confirmation. Being able to track orders make customers happy. Tracking also makes it easier to troubleshoot problems with your customers.
Ultimately, vehicle GPS tracking systems help improve your relationships with customers. Happy customers mean more revenue. Those are returns you can give back to your employees in the form of bonuses.
Sounds Great! What’s the Drawback?
In a survey in 2013, about 43% of fleet managers reported a “significant amount” of resistance to installing GPS trackers. Drivers insist having their movements tracked is like their employer saying, “I don’t trust you.”
For this reason, implementing a GPS tracking system needs to be done openly and honestly.
How to Implement a Vehicle GPS Tracking System
As I mentioned, being transparent about your GPS tracking policy will gain the most employee buy-in for your decision.
First, you should write down your policy regarding the tracking system. Explain what it will and will not be used for, and goals you hope to achieve through installing the system. Distribute this to the company along with the outlined benefits of having GPS in your fleet.
Next, discuss these benefits with your employees. Explain how they will directly benefit the drivers, such as increased productivity, ease of delivery, and monetary bonuses. Let them know the money you save from the system can be passed on to them through bonuses.
Also, explain to your drivers you will not be monitoring their every move, nor do you have the time. While some may be leery, they will come to realize you have too many tasks on your plate to monitor them 24/7.
The final added benefit to explain to your drivers is the added safety measures GPS systems include. GPS systems keep drivers mindful of their location and speed, but can also be useful in instances of robbery.
We hope this article has helped in your decision to install a GPS tracking system for your fleet. If you have any questions about our fleet tracking systems, please get in touch with us.