Running a business has many moving parts, especially shipping products from one place to another. However, the average truck driver isn’t going to be familiar with every state they drive to. Instead of using the stars to navigate, why not invest in a GPS?
What Is GPS tracking?
GPS is an acronym for Global Positioning System, and was first utilized by vehicles in 1996. For simplicity’s sake, with the use of satellites and algorithms, a GPS allows for an individual to know their location in real time, or as close as possible, so close that any minor latency is negligible.
What can it do for business? Imagine having angry customers looking for their product. With GPS fleet tracking, you could zero in on where the package is and then pass the information to them. This is also an excellent way of making sure your truck fleet is on route, and especially helpful if a truck breaks down. Even more so for stolen vehicles. In fact, between 2012 and 2014, the unfortunate act of leaving keys in the car have contributed to 126,603 vehicles stolen, according to data collected by the NICB.
An electronic logbook can be used in conjunction with a GPS. If you’ve ever made a list, crossed each item off the list as you went along, you have, essentially, used a pen-and-paper logbook. Most countries utilize some form of a logbook, like transport Canada electronic logbooks. And with transport Canada electronic logbooks, like all electronic logbooks, have a host of options and uses to track. Transport Canada electronic logbooks allows Canada, and many other countries, to streamline transportation of goods.
Electronic logbooks also serve as an employee’s HOS, or alternatively known as Hours of Service. It can be installed to give an employee vehicle’s status like fuel, speeds, etc. Most importantly, it keeps the employee updated on what needs to be done, and where. This reduces the amount of idling, not just an employee, but the vehicle as well, keeping the vehicle and employee moving. Idle for too long and a vehicle can waste $.80 per liter. If an employee vehicle idles even just for two hours, per day, your company can kiss an annual loss of $780 per truck.
Not to mention in many states there are laws regarding the act of vehicular idling. If you would not like to look down the barrel of $50 to 2,500 or more in fines, conserve the environment and turn the vehicle off. Couple that with maintenance costs from idling going from anywhere between $2 to $2.30 per day. Aspirated engines utilizing diesel shave $2.00. Turbocharge engines utilizing diesel push it to $2.20. While gasoline powered engines push it further to $2.30.