How to Choose the Best GPS Tracking Device For Your Fleet

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How to Choose the Best GPS Tracking Device For Your Fleet

GPS vehicle tracking systems are not all created equal. If you realise the benefits of using GPS tracking in your fleet, you need to ensure you choose the right system for you. We believe that you should invest in the best of the best, but it needs to work with your budget.

Of course, there is a range of different options so it can be hard to choose the right one. Here is our guide to choosing the best GPS system for your business.

What Information Do You Need to track?

Deciding what information you need your GPS to track can be tricky. After all, you don’t always know what you don’t know. However, we’ve found that our customers want to improve efficiency across key areas such as downtime, fuel usage, maintenance and route planning. Having a system that allows fleet managers to access information in real time is also a real asset in planning routes and allocating deliveries.

One of the key variables in any fleet is also driver behaviour. Managing your workforce effectively and ensuring that they’re driving well helps you to avoid accidents and improve fuel efficiency.

We’d recommend investing in a system that includes these features as a minimum. You may also have your own priorities based on your current fleet performance. We provide our clients with advice based upon their individual needs with a summary of features that helps you to assess at a glance whether a particular GPS tracking system is the right one for you.

Emergency Situations

When you’re looking at GPS vehicle tracking systems, it’s important to consider what you need in an emergency. What happens if your vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident? Does your system allow you to communicate with your driver to provide assistance? Are they travelling in urban areas where they can easily identify their location or could they be somewhere more remote?

Ensuring that you have a system with excellent signal means that you can get to your drivers more quickly if they’re in a remote location.

How Do You Want to Access Your Information?

Perhaps your fleet manager spends their entire day at a desk, monitoring vehicles from their desktop. Somehow, we doubt it.

Before you invest in GPS its worth checking whether the system allows you to access and monitor data from a mobile device. Many systems have an app but not all of them do.

If one of your key objectives is allowing your fleet manager more freedom to both monitor the fleet and improve efficiency, mobile access could be one of the most important features to consider.

What’s Your Budget?

Inevitably, your bottom line is going to be one of your most important considerations. However, you need to assess the overall cost alongside the savings you’ll make as a result of investing in GPS.

You may think that you won’t be able to assess whether GPS is a worthwhile investment until you’ve actually invested. However, we’ve created a tool that allows us to provide you with advice on the likely savings based on the size of your fleet and your current costs. That way you can compare your own figures on costs and the ROI you’re looking to achieve with our calculations.

If you’d like more advice on the right GPS tracking system for you, get in touch!

Paul Cochrane
Paul Cochrane
Paul is the Managing Director of Vtec Solutions. He has expertise in vehicle tracking and fleet management, spanning over a decade and prides himself in understanding business fleet challenges and ensuring fleets are running at their optimum.