REDUCE LABOR COSTS WITH TSC
It is human nature – people act more appropriately when they know they're being watched. With a telematics fleet management solution, you can monitor driver behaviors from the moment they enter the cab and turn on the ignition until they shut it down at the end of the day.
SIX STEPS TO CONTROLLING LABOR COSTS
1. ROUTE VEHICLES MORE EFFICIENTLY
For example, a GPS fleet tracking system can automatically determine the closest vehicle to a given job site or any location on the map, and provide turn-by-turn directions to the selected destination. In addition, many systems offer GarminР’В® integration, which lets you communicate driving directions directly to the driver in the vehicle. Garmin also features jobs management and dispatch capabilities, allowing you to schedule and organize job assignments for maximum efficiency. With a wireless fleet management system, you can get your vehicles where they need to go faster and more efficiently.
2. LIMIT UNNECESSARY DRIVING
Unnecessary driving uses more fuel, puts more wear and tear on fleet vehicles, and can lead to expensive overtime hours for your drivers. You can significantly reduce unnecessary driving by knowing the precise location of every vehicle in your fleet, monitoring off-hours usage, and using other system tools to manage driver activity. With a GPS fleet tracking system you can use reports that show:
- The daily start and end location of every vehicle. With this data, you can confidently allow drivers to take their vehicles home at night, knowing you can easily identify any unauthorized use.
- Vehicle usage outside of normal business hours. Tracking odd-hours movement can help reduce theft and unauthorized employee use.
- Vehicles entering or exiting an "off-limits" area. Access to this information helps deter unauthorized trips, such as going home for lunch or running personal errands.
3. REDUCE TOTAL MILES TRAVELED
With a fleet management system, you can reduce total miles traveled by:
- Viewing a comprehensive, near real-time map of all vehicle locations and their status.
- Routing the closest vehicles to the next job and providing point-to-point driving directions.
You can also review a variety of fleet utilization reports to track weekly mileage, monitor overall fleet mileage trends, and analyze up to a full year of location history to optimize vehicle usage.
4. REDUCE VEHICLE BREAKDOWNS
Nothing wastes time and money like a driver sitting idly by the roadside because his vehicle broke down. Using a GPS vehicle tracking system with engine diagnostic capabilities can help prevent vehicle breakdowns in several different ways:
- Diagnostic trouble codes. Get advance warning of engine trouble, allowing you to fix minor problems before they become potentially larger ones.
- Regular odometer alerts. Set proactive reminders for oil changes, tune-ups, and other preventive maintenance activities to keep vehicles in top condition.
- Continuous tracking of emission levels. Track excessive emissions – often a sign of undiagnosed engine problems – on a regular basis to discover potential engine problems that might cause breakdowns.
A fleet tracking system will also provide comprehensive online service record reports. Analyzing the data can help extend the life of your vehicles and keep them operating efficiently.
5. MONITOR VEHICLE UTILIZATION PATTERNS
Among the greatest strengths of a telematics fleet management solution are its considerable reporting features. With the vast storehouse of data available, you can review short- and long-term vehicle usage and driving patterns to identify problem areas and take action for improvement:
- Trip reporting. Fleet management systems offer a variety of detailed reports that track vehicle activity. For example, some reports show the details of each trip a vehicle makes during a specified time period. This lets you determine how and where drivers are spending their time, and whether they are making appropriate stops.
- Fleet utilization reporting. This provides a summary of fleet activity, indicating if trips are increasing or decreasing over time. By simultaneously tracking trips and miles, you can make informed decisions about optimizing vehicle usage and driver time.
- Landmarks and geofences. Geofences are virtual boundaries or perimeters that indicate a defined area on a map. Landmarks are user-defined objects or buildings – such as a customer's house or an airport – that help to pinpoint a vehicle's specific location. You can establish both to route vehicles more efficiently, monitor unauthorized vehicle usage during and after hours, and reduce total miles traveled.
6. BOOST DRIVER PRODUCTIVITY
The flip side to controlling labor costs is improving productivity. In other words, get more work out of your drivers in the same amount of time without increasing overhead. With a GPS vehicle tracking system, you can enhance productivity in many ways, using the following tactics:
- Track vehicle stop/start times. Unauthorized or excessively lengthy breaks are a huge time-waster. Vehicle stop/start alerts and reports let you monitor driver behavior to ensure they comply with company break policies.
- Improve on-time delivery rates. Up-to-date traffic and other real-time alerts help your vehicles get there when you say they will. Staying on schedule lets your drivers make more deliveries in less time.
- Do more jobs without adding overhead. Improved dispatching and better routing let you take on more jobs without adding vehicles or personnel.
THE TSC SOLUTION
Controlling labor costs doesn't have to lead to diminished service quality. In fact, with a patented GPS vehicle tracking solution like NetworkfleetР’В®, you can control labor costs and improve service quality at the same time by managing your entire fleet more efficiently and effectively.
Combining the data from TSC with a disciplined approach that rewards drivers for efficient driving habits can enable your fleet to drive fewer miles, reduce overtime and other labor expenses, and get more jobs done in less time.