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Imagine one tool that cut fuel costs, slashed admin time and even reduced your insurance premiums. Find out why installing a fleet tracking system is a power play for electrical companies.
When you supply electrical services, the way you manage your engineers and their vehicles can have a colossal impact on the success of your business. After all, your vehicles and the fuel they use are two of your biggest overheads.
Trouble is, you’re spread web-thin. Beyond arranging callouts, fielding client calls, managing payroll and – what feels like – a million other admin tasks, there’s no time to think about how you could improve engineer dispatching, track your engineers on the road or reduce fuel costs.
Good news. A fleet tracking system does the job for you.
A fleet tracking – or telematics – system provides insight on all kinds of data associated with your vehicles. Fuel spend, mileage, RPM – you name it.
Okay, so what?
Well, by gathering data on your drivers and their vehicles, a good fleet tracking system enables you to pinpoint exactly where it’s possible to cut the costs of driving and vehicle maintenance. It’s not unusual for businesses to save thousands of pounds per year.
Here are five ways a fleet tracking system could help you do the same.
The more engineers you have, the more callouts you have, the more your fuel spend feels out of control. It needn’t be that way. A fleet tracking system gives you real-time figures on your fuel outlay. Staying on top of the numbers is as easy as changing a light bulb. (Okay, looking at a screen.) But that’s just the start.
The most sophisticated fleet tracking systems actually monitor the way your engineers drive, gathering data on fuel-sapping behaviours like rapid acceleration, late braking and leaving the engine running. Armed with this insight, you can show drivers how and where to improve efficiency – reducing fuel spend mile by mile. Some systems even give drivers live prompts on how to drive in a more fuel-friendly way.
The less time your engineers spend on the road, the better. Fleet tracking systems help you find the fastest, most fuel-efficient routes to your customers. Even better, integration with live traffic information can help you avoid nasty delays.
Lights gone out at your biggest customer’s office? That’s an emergency callout. With a fleet tracking system you can immediately see where your drivers are and reschedule appointments accordingly. Accurate arrival times allow you to tell your customer exactly when their engineer will be on-site. And you barely need to lift a finger. Oh and because fleet tracking systems log every journey, every address visited and every date, it can be a huge help when it comes to invoicing too. You’re never in the dark.
Short fuse when it comes to insurance? Let’s just say it’s a necessary evil. That doesn’t mean you should give up on trying to reduce your premiums. With tools that help to improve driver performance and recover stolen vehicles, a fleet tracking system is a great way to get in your insurer’s good books.
Your vehicles are one of your biggest outlays. It makes sense to look after them. The best fleet tracking systems send reminders when it’s time to complete basic maintenance checks such as oil levels, brake fluid and tyre tread. Some systems can even identify when the engine might not be running as it should be, helping you to fix small issues before they develop into costly problems.
The majority of my time is spent ensuring that our team delivers simple and cost-effective solutions to our customers that face the challenges of running a fleet of vehicles.
Occasionally I manage to sneak away to enjoy time with family and friends or a quick game of golf ….