The Top 5 Misconceptions of Fleet Tracking

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The Top 5 Misconceptions of Fleet Tracking

What’s preventing you from investing in fleet tracking software? There are a lot of misconceptions, so here’s our guide to the top 5 and why they may not be true.

It’s too expensive

This is the number one objection we hear about fleet tracking. It’s true that there is an upfront cost as well as a monthly payment. However, using fleet tracking software also helps you to make savings. Your routes are more efficient, which reduces your fuel costs. Most major insurers also offer a discount on your insurance if you use fleet tracking software. How much could that save you across the fleet?

If you’d like to find out more about the potential savings, try our savings calculator:

We trust our drivers

Trusting your drivers is a wonderful thing. However, there’s a big difference between good driving and effective fleet management. Fleet tracking isn’t about spying on your drivers, although it can be useful if you think standards have slipped. Fleet tracking helps you to devise optimal routes that help your drivers to keep moving with less stress. You can also give customers accurate information about arrival times. That means that your drivers deal with happy customers rather than being met with complaints.

If you think that fleet tracking will harm your relationship with your drivers, try emphasising the benefits.

It’s difficult to manage

If you’ve had a bad experience with fleet tracking software, it’s probably because your systems aren’t working together well. We’ve worked with companies who were spending hours analysing data at the expense of other business activities. They wasted so much time and money that some had stopped checking altogether.

The right system will save you time. Joined up software can allow you to download data from vehicles whilst they’re still on the road, improving your ability to plan ahead. It can also speed up the data analysis itself.

The data isn’t accurate

Companies who believe that fleet tracking data isn’t accurate are often using mobile phone technology. Whilst it works on the same basic principles, the GPS tracking used in fleet management software is much more accurate.

It can also give you more detailed information. Specialist fleet tracking software enables you to check engine status, mileage and fuel levels. You’ll still get an accurate vehicle location but you can also find out whether the driver obeyed the speed limit to get there. It will even allow you to minimise driver fatigue by allowing you to track their rest breaks.

If you’ve tried one, you’ve tried them all

If you’ve had a software trial in the past, you may have decided that it’s not for you. However, if the provider you used only offers one type of software, you may not have found the right solution for your business.

We work across different systems to build a package that meets our customers’ needs. All fleet tracking software will have the same basic functions.  However, some will also have fuel reports, maintenance alerts and the ability to integrate with a range of different apps. The right system will deliver only what you need.

If you’d like more advice on the right vehicle tracking system for your business, 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.