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5 Side Effects of Not Having Fleet Tracking

Posted on the 28 February 2013 by Fleetmatics @fleetmatics

You have heard all the success stories of companies who have benefited from fleet tracking. If you aren’t tracking your fleet yet, here are a few reasons why you should. If anything, these ‘what if’ situations should convince you that fleet tracking is a necessity for your vehicles. Here are 5 side effects that our customers avoided with Fleetmatics fleet tracking.

1. Your employees are sitting in a casino instead of doing their jobs

Hollie Heldmann of International Energy Corp implemented Fleetmatics for the company’s fleet of 12 vehicles. Her drivers knew that they had recently installed Fleetmatics, but didn’t understand the extent of the tracking. “One employee didn’t realize that we were actually watching that we could see he was at the casino all night,” said Heldmann. “They thought we were just tracking the mileage during the day and didn’t realize we could see specific addresses and every stop.” Now, IEC has the casino set as a POI and are alerted anytime the drivers are parked there for more than 10 minutes. Fleet tracking not only helps eliminate the problem but prevent it from happening again. Read Hollie’s Full Story

2. You pay WAY too much in overtime costs

It would surprise you how much your company could save if  you could cut down on unnecessary overtime costs. When drivers are taking the long way home, you pay. When drivers keep their own time sheets and ’round up’ or ’round down,’ you pay. Basically, if you don’t know where your vehicles are going every day, you are paying too much in fuel and overtime wages. For example, since implementing Fleetmatics, Lane Plumbing has been able to cut down on 20 overtime hours per week. “Cutting down on overtime pay will save us over $20,000 this year,” says Abe Moore. “The Fleetmatics GPS system is hands down the best thing for a small, hardworking businesses, the longer you think about implementing it, the more money you’re losing.” Read Abe’s Full Story

3. You get sued

Fleet tracking gives you complete proof of service. You are able to back up your employees in the event that you have billing disputes with your customers. As well as providing proof of service, you are able to access driving logs for as long as you have had the service. In the case of C Jones Trucking, the company was sued by former employees claiming that they were due overtime pay for not traveling out of state. By law, trucking companies are exempt from paying overtime fees if the vehicles travel out of state. C Jones was able to pull all their records and prove that they didn’t owe the additional $120,000 in overtime wages. $120,000 is a big chunk of money for a small business, could you afford this hit and continue to stay in business? Even if your answer yes, why would you want to? Read C Jones Full Story

4. You get your brand new equipment stolen

When you get your fleet outfitted for tracking, you might not think that all your vehicles necessarily need devices installed. Take Mr. Rooters Plumbing for example. David Brassell had doubts about putting a device on the company’s new tractor. Since a recent vehicle had broken down and there was an extra tracker available, he decided to put it on the tractor. Several months later the tractor was stolen and soon after recovered because of the fleet tracking. ”I guess they were unfortunate in that they stole the only tracked tractor in the entire city,” said Brassell.Read David’s Full Story

5.Your drivers are seen speeding

Speeding tickets are expensive, but not as expensive as your insurance rates will be after one of your drivers causes an accident. Aside from the fact that speeding is dangerous and can be expensive, it also gives your company a bad name. When people see a recklessly driven vehicle with your company’s logo on it, they assume that your company does not care about the safety of the community. Keep not only your vehicles but also your company’s name in tact by tracking your fleet. Matt Gartner of Excel Driving Services noticed that his vehicles were going around 80 mph in 55-70 mph zones. With fleet tracking, he was able to set alerts and be notified when his drivers were speeding. Read Matt’s Full Story

What are some other possible side effects of not keeping an eye on your vehicles with fleet tracking?

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