How GPS Tracking Can Benefit Your Tow Trucking Business

From efficient dispatching to equipment monitoring to overall business integrity, there is a lot to stay on top of to maintain a reliable reputation as a tow truck company. GPS tracking makes fleet management for tow truck companies more manageable and assures managers their business is being represented positively. Here are a few main reasons you should consider GPS tracking for your tow trucking business. 

Increase Efficiency

Having GPS tracking allows you to make sure your fleet is running as efficiently as possible. GPS tracking keeps you in the loop of which drivers are using their time to your benefit. Not only does the GPS catch drivers who are taking roundabout ways or who are wasting the company’s time, but it also shows managers the drivers who are efficient and working hard. If a driver makes frequent stops or takes a roundabout way to get to a location, that can cost you a pretty penny. Using GPS tracking allows you to make sure your drivers are using their time wisely and are representing your company to their best ability.

Equipment Monitoring

Depending on the company, tow truck drivers can manage ten trucks, and sometimes many more than that. Using GPS fleet tracking allows managers to monitor each of their trucks out on pick-up duty. If there is an issue that arises involving one of the trucks, using GPS tracking can alert the fleet manager to the problem immediately. GPS tracking also monitors driving habits, such as speeding. Managers can monitor their drivers and make sure pick-ups are on time.

Monitoring so many trucks can leave managers drained. Worrying about all the various factors that go into a single pick-up is one thing, add on another five or ten trucks out at the same time, and that can add up to some serious stress. GPS tracking relieves managers of any worries they may have because they’ll be able to have their eyes on each individual truck. GPS tracking provides assurance that your drivers are representing your company in the best possible way.

Maintain Business Integrity

Let’s look at a scenario: A tow truck manager isn’t able to get a hold of one of their drivers. They’ve been informed there is a delay in a pick-up time, and yet, for some reason, they aren’t able to communicate with the driver. GPS fleet tracking solutions would allow the manager to check where the truck is located and whether or not the driver has encountered a traffic detour such as a wreck or construction zones. 

Using GPS allows you, the business owner, the ability to monitor your fleet and to make sure your drivers are representing your business in the best possible way. This can boost your customer service quality considerably and ensures client satisfaction.  By using GPS tracking business owners are guaranteeing satisfaction to their clients and their business. 

GPS tracking is a smart move that will save you time, money, and stress. If you’re ready to implement GPS tracking in your own tow trucking business, call Safety Track today!

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us at 1-888-286-9829 for more information.

Tracking Your Fleet Using GPS

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GPS fleet tracking can cut costs and headaches while improving customer service and productivity, regardless of the size of your company.

The technology, which continues to evolve, gives businesses the ability to monitor drivers’ speeds, optimize routes, monitor temperatures of refrigerated units, create elogs, and integrate with Google maps. 

Safety Track has GPS solutions to fit any business, regardless of the fleet size or tracking needs. Here is a list of the ways GPS tracking can make fleet management more manageable and more profitable for your company

GPS tracking can save money

Whether your company has 10 or 10,000 trucks, unauthorized vehicle usage, and excess fuel usage can add up.

Bad driver habits such as extra-long lunches or detours off the route also can lead to unhappy customers and more safety incidents. That’s why a smart GPS tracking system makes sense.

Also, GPS tracking can save money on insurance, fuel costs, and lawsuits.

Safety Track offers several Asset Tracking System solutions to match your business needs. Below, we have outlined a few.

The Simple Tracking System

Safety Track’s Simple Tracking System is perfect for smaller businesses that want an easy-to-install system that can deliver real-time data like more expensive systems.

Reports include custom maintenance schedules; engine hours; start/stop times; speed; and vehicle location in real time with multiple mapping view options.

The Complete GPS Tracking System

The Complete GPS Tracking System was designed as a universal solution for visibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week,  and continuous tracking. This system includes internal antennas, full reporting capabilities, and integrated Google maps. It also provides maintenance, speeding, and idling alerts that are sent directly to a phone as well as a full year’s history on each vehicle.

The Advance GPS Fleet Tracking System

This system is 100 percent Web-based and the most popular fleet management tool among Safety Track clients. It includes the same reports as the Complete Tracking System; alert notifications via phone or email; dispatch capabilities including itineraries, rerouting; and job and status filtering. In addition, the mapping capabilities include real-time updates with live traffic feeds and Google street view.

The Enterprise Tracking System

This system allows larger fleet or logistics companies to users to track, communicate, and monitor vital critical information such as real-time engine diagnostics and electronic driver logs. 

The Connected Car Enterprise Solution, meanwhile, can transform any passenger car into a fully connected car. That means it has a full GPS tracking suite that monitors driver position, speed, heading, and driving behavior.

Other valuable GPS tracking features

Live trailer tracking is a crucial feature for logistics companies in the competitive commercial trucking business. For instance, tracking can provide refrigerator trailer temperature monitoring for cold hauling. 

Safety Track’s electronic driver log system, meanwhile, ensures drivers comply with federal and state regulations regarding rest breaks, restarts, and sleeper berth provisions. An advanced alerting system also notifies users before issues occur.

An effective GPS system can ultimately help you prevent labor fraud, reduce speeding, lower excessive idling, and unauthorized vehicle usage. 

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.

Can Distracted Driving Affect Your Business?

Distracted Driving can impact your fleet anytime, anywhere.The adverse effect of any one of these can have an impact on your bottom line.What Distracted Driving Does

  • Higher Insurance Rates
  • Lawsuits
    Legal Claims
  • Workman Comp Rates Increases

All these can lead to a situation where you may ask yourself, “How did this Happen”.

You may even say that you took precautions by installing a GPS Tracking System, and was told that you could manage your fleet with it.
That was a partial truth.
Having a Tracking System can only provide a small amount of data, once you fleet leaves your sight.

Distracted Driving Training:

You can do all the training in the world to try and improve fleet safety, then your drivers forgot the minute they leave the yard.

So how can you change this?

What if you had a Live Streaming 3G DashCam install on the front window of your fleet vehicles.

What if you could ride along with your fleet and see exactly what they were doing.

  • Monitoring Texting
  • Cell phone usage
  • Bad driving habits.

What if the drivers knew you could watch them? Would this improve Distracted Driving?

Do you think this may effect their driver habits?

Distracted Driver
Live Streaming 3G DashCam

What if this Front Window Mounted DashCam came with a GPS tracking suite and cost under $400.00 for the camera.

What if the monthly video package was under $34.95 and INCLUDED the GPS tracking suite.

Well it is available now.
Check out our Distracted Driving Package!

3G Dash Camera

The Big Brother Myth SOLVED!

Do your employees cringe at the idea of a GPS tracking device and In-Vehicle Cameras in their vehicle? The resistance to “big brother” can be a struggle for employers to overcome and employees may complain about being “spied on” or “a loss of trust.” Some drivers may even threaten to quit if a fleet tracking device or camera is put in the vehicle, but if they’re not doing anything wrong, why would they be so upset? Even though drivers are some of the harshest critics of GPS vehicle tracking technology, they actually have a lot to gain.

Increased Driver Safety

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Whether they choose to believe it or not, drivers who speed put themselves at a higher risk for accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding is a factor in one-third of all motor vehicle
accidents. With Safety Track’s Speed Alerts and Camera DVR system, you’ll be able to see what’s going on inside and out of the vehicle, while also seeing speed alerts, idle time and much more. By eliminating the temptation to speed, your drivers will be far safer, while receiving less traffic tickets. You can even use the automated reports and video to argue inaccurate speeding fines and accidents.

Fight Wrongful Accident Liability

Even when your drivers are cautious and safe, accidents can still happen; we’re all human. If your employee gets into a wreck, the police may get an earful of the “he-said-she-said” game.  Individuals may want to sue your business, hoping to get some extra cash for “pain and suffering.” With an In-Vehicle Camera system, along with a fleet tracking solution, you’ll have concrete records and VIDEO what is happening in and around your vehicle, along with your driver’s speed, location, direction of travel and more. It can turn a knock-down-drag-out lawyer fight into an open-and-shut case, saving you TIME and MONEY. You’ll keep the points off your driver’s license and the lawyer’s fees off your books.

Driver Incentive Programs

Even with the data and video on their side, drivers may still resist a GPS Fleet Tracking System. However, a simple incentive program can change the minds of even the most stubborn employee to get on board. After installing Safety Track’s system, you’ll notice a decrease in fuel cost, insurance claims, and also repair costs, almost immediately. Taking a portion of that savings and offering it to your safest and most fuel-conscious employees as a gift card, free time off or cash bonus, can show your drivers that fleet tracking devices can work for them. With our Fleet Metrics dashboard application, you easily see who has the fewest Speed Alerts, lowest idle times and more. Print them off and post them in the office to create a friendly competition. You’ll soon have your drivers boasting about saving you money.

Safety Track UCIT Live Streaming Camera

3g camera.jpgNow available, the First 4G Live Video Streaming Camera System. This Live Streaming Video Camera System is the perfect device to improve the Fleet Safety of any size fleet. With up to 4 cameras, you can see inside, or outside your vehicles. It gives fleet managers the opportunity to see what is happening, real time. The UCIT DVR system allows you to view your vehicles at the push of the button. It stores the data onto multiple Compact Flash cards to view at a later time. The GPS Fleet Tracking feature uses Google Maps to show you where the vehicles are located.  This system can also be used as a backup camera system, just add one of our in cab monitor’s and the driver now can see his blind spots. For a “Few Dollars’ more a month than you are paying now for just ” Fleet Tracking”, you can have fleet tracking with Live Video. A Cost effective solution to your Fleet Safety Needs.

Features: 

  • Four Camera Capabilities to allow four viewing angles.
  • 4G Live Video Streaming Camera System 
  • Built in GPS via Google Earth
  • Vehicle Route Tracker
  • G-Force Sensors
  • High Video Resolution
  • Nightvision Capabilities

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  • Live Streaming

 

 

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Camera Options:
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170 Degree Viewing Camera

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Night Vision and Water Proof Camera

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130 Degree Night Vision Water Proof Camera

 

Benefits of Fleet Tracking

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How GPS Tracking Can Help Your Company

Use digital GPS fleet tracking to see where your vehicles are every minute on your PC screen. Get instant alerts on your email or phone. Set geofences, speed limits and more. Lower your fuel costs and increase productivity. Our easy‐to‐use web interface let’s managers have all their critical fleet information with the click of the mouse. Companies realize an ROI within weeks of using the system simply by the positive change in driver behavior. Other uses and benefits include:
Monitor Gas Cards / Gas Purchases: Let’s face the facts‐‐fuel is an expensive business cost at any
price, and some employees try to cut corners and cut money out of your bottom line. Can you
afford even one employee stealing $20 in fuel every week ($1040/year) from your gas account?
That’s $1040 you could put in your own gas tank! This is another area
where questionable purchases can be tracked and verified with our
easy‐to‐use GPS fleet tracking software.
Dispatch: The system allows dispatchers to send drivers to more jobs
without the cost of more vehicles. Routing becomes easier and more
efficient. The advantages to your dispatchers are valuable and
immediate.
Driver Accountability: Drivers now have a way to verify customer
visit times and work completed. This offers them a reliable way to
track their progress and protects them (and you!) against customer
complaints. Further, there won’t be anymore “gray area” when an
employee or customer disputes time spent on the job.
Customer Service: Your customers will benefit from increased
accuracy, faster status reporting, detailed billing information, and
fewer delays in arrival time. These are just a few of the ways your customers and your employees
will enjoy GPS tracking.

Why Track Your Fleet?

• Excessive idle times
• Poor driver routing
• Personal or unauthorized
vehicle use
• Late start to work days or
excessive lunch breaks
• Gasoline theft
• Moonlighting
• Speeding and unsafe driving
practices
• False or exaggerated
overtime timesheets
• Theft of company assets
• Liability risk

Top 10 Benefits of Tracking Your Vehicles

1) Use of dispatch feature to make
sure your customers get service
promptly.
2) Theft prevention by always
knowing where your vehicles are.
3) Eliminate disputes between your
customers and employees.
4) Know that your employees are
where they are supposed to be.
5) Save money on gas by effectively
managing routes.
6) You want to save money on your
insurance bill. (Most insurances
provide discounts if a GPS Tracking
Device is installed in vehicle)
7) Eliminate side jobs and after hour
use of company vehicles.
8) Better overall time management.
9) Give directions to drivers/
employees if they get lost.
10) Go Green by lowering the impact of
your fleet on the environment

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Five Ways GPS Fleet Tracking Save (and Make) You Money

Saving money is making money, and Safety Track saves fleet companies hundreds, even thousands of dollars per year. These GPS Fleet Tracking units sport numerous features that make tracking vehicles and streamlining operations simple.

1. Use less fuel and stop speeding drivers
The EPA estimates that reducing speed by 10MPH increases fuel efficiency by 20%. Our HVAC customers report $150 savings per 10 vehicles in one month by keeping their drivers at a maximum of 65MPH. The owner of a towing company saved $4000 over two months just in fuel costs. Do the math for your business and add up your savings. The dollars add up fast-here’s a simple example with a very conservative estimate: 50 vehicles reduce speed and save $10 each per week in gas costs. That’s $26,000 in a year. Slowing down a speeding driver can also limit tickets, accidents and litigation against your company.

2. Limit unnecessary trips and unauthorized use
Customers tell us their employees off-route driving completely ends once they know a GPS fleet tracking unit is installed in their vehicle. No more extended lunches, driving off-route to go home to eat, run errands, etc.

One customer reported that one driver was traveling home 60 miles per day when they should have been working. That’s a potential savings of $15-20 in fuel per day. And that’s just for one driver.

3. Ensure proper work hours, lunch breaks and overtime records
This is self explanatory, and another area where you can save thousands of dollars per year. Employees won’t likely record bogus work, lunch or overtime hours if they know their work vehicle is being tracked. If you can gain just 30 minutes of productivity each day you will save about $3,000 per employee each year.
The more your workers actually work and record correct information, the more your business is operating cost-efficiently. The immediate impact GPS fleet tracking units provide in this category is mentioned quite often by our satisfied customers.

4. Monitor company gas purchases/gas cards
Lets face the facts–gas will only get more expensive, and some employees try to cut corners and cut money out of your bottom line. Can you afford even one employee stealing $20 in fuel every week ($1040/year) from your gas account? That’s $1040 you could put in your own gas tank! This is another area where questionable purchases can be tracked and verified with our easy-to-use GPS fleet tracking software.

5. Theft prevention
Track all your vehicles every two minutes and have alerts sent to your cell phone, email or PDA whenever your vehicle is started or moves outside of a designated area (geofence). This feature gives you peace of mind 24/7/365.

To summarize, below shows a standard cost savings by implementing a GPS fleet tracking system.

  • Reducing speed on a single vehicle by 10MPH increases fuel economy by 20%
    – 7 gallon weekly decrease in fuel usage
    – Weekly fuel savings of $20-30
    – Annual fuel savings of $1,000-$1,500
    (varies based on MPG, daily miles driven and fuel cost)
  • Eliminating unnecessary driving by 10 miles per day for a single vehicle
    – 4 gallons of fuel saved per week
    – Weekly fuel savings of $14
    – Annual fuel savings of more than $700
    (varies based on MPG and fuel cost)
  • Losing 15 minutes per day of productivity from a single employee
    – 65 hours per year in lost productivity
    – Approximate savings of $1,200-$2,000
    (varies based on hourly rate)
  • One employee uses a company gas card to fill their personal vehicle once a month
    – Monthly fuel savings of $70
    – Annual fuel savings of $840
    (varies based on fuel tank size and fuel cost)

The below sample cost savings and ROI is for a single employee. Your ROI will vary based on number of vehicles in your fleet, amount of miles driven and fuel consumption.

Gas savings

$2,200

Productivity gained

$2,000

Theft savings

$840

Total annual savings

$5,040

Safety Track’s first year cost

$587

First year ROI

9X

GPS Tracking

We had the opportunity last weekend to drive the Washington DC. With that we notice a lot of vehicles on the road that had graphics on the side of their vans, trucks and even cars. Owners spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on the graphics on their company trucks. We know the purpose of this is to be noticed, to attract business. But what if you drivers were speeding down the highway, wasting gas, saw it many of times, or sitting in a parking lot reading the newspaper with the engine running, wasting gas. How would you know? See our Idle Calculator- it’s free. There are many numbers out there that say idling for one hour waste .75 gallons of gas. How much is gas right now, $2.75/gallon? Think about if your driver idles for 2 hours a day. So, over a week

GPS Fleet Solutions


One of the main problems with modern economics is, of course, management. It can be difficult to manage the portions of a business that have a lot of individual components – a hotel chain, for example, or a line of busses. That difficulty also applies to companies like taxi or limousine fleets, which is why good businessmen should consider buying technological tools to aid them in that task and to help them get the most money and profit out of their rather significant investments.

What is Fleet Tracking?

First, let’s talk about a specific section of the American economic scene – the transportation industry. More specifically, we’ll talk about the personal transportation industry. It’s not easy getting around these days, and becoming harder all the time. It’s for this reason that so many enterprising businessmen and women have caught onto the idea that people will pay good money to ferry passengers from one place to another. That, in a nutshell, is the goal of the modern taxi industry.

Now, there are a fair number of taxis out there. In some places, like New York City, they all operate under a single head – the famous Medallion or “yellow cabs” of the city. Sometimes, taxis are owned by individual drivers, and make money by picking up street fares. More common, though, especially in smaller communities, are the phone summon taxis that are run by taxi companies. The person needing a ride calls the taxi company, and the company dispatches a taxi to pick them up. These types of taxis – known as FHVs or For Hire Vehicles in the industry – are generally run under a single company manager and require a lot of management to be efficient.

That’s where fleet or vehicle tracking comes in. GPS fleet tracking solutions are available on the consumer marketplace for discerning businessmen and businesswomen to use for their own taxi fleets in order to determine what’s happening in their company and what happens where – important when it comes to doling out paychecks or dealing with insurance problems, things like broken down taxis or auto accidents may cause.

Why Use GPS Fleet Tracking Solutions?

The first step in good management is to know exactly what’s happening, how long it takes, how long it costs, and where it takes place. That’s especially difficult in a taxi fleet, as all those reports depend on individual drivers – whose personal interests may be at odds with your own. If you have a driver prone to laziness, for example, he or she may report more hours on their payroll than they are actually filling, thus depriving his or her fellow employees as well as the company as a whole of valuable profits. This can also give the company a bad name, which, again, hurts fellow employees as well as you or anyone else in upper management.

So what do GPS fleet tracking solutions do? Simple. They record and observe in an unobtrusive way. They mark times, fares, stops, fuel expenses, and even, if you choose, things like speed. Are you concerned that some of your employees may be using your vehicles to break traffic laws? GPS fleet tracking solutions let you keep an eye on locations and speed limits, letting you know how fast they’re going at all times. GPS systems can also help the driver, helping him or her get to where they need to be faster and more efficiently than simply relying on street maps and personal memory.

Different Types of Vehicle Tracking

There are two main varieties when it comes to good fleet management software. These depend specifically on the type of information you need and the type of technology you want to include in your vehicles. This can also make a big difference in cost, so make sure you research your options extensively before settling on one or the other. Ask yourself if the extra features of any specific system are really worth the extra cost you’ll be paying for them.

In fact, educating yourself about the details of these systems is probably a good idea. Good GPS fleet tracking solutions or fleet maintenance software can cost a lot of money, and it shouldn’t be a bill lightly looked at. With luck, these systems will last a long time and be used for a lot of solutions, so you should treat them with utter seriousness when it comes time to buy – make sure you educate yourself about all your options and know beforehand what you want, and you’ll end up with the best possible solution for your money in the end.

In a Bad Economy, is Fleet Tracking Cost Effective?

With the current economic conditions throughout the United States being at a all time low, is the idea of tracking your companies fleet vehicles a proposition that you should consider.Cost vs. Cost Savings. That is the question here. As work slows down in this economy would the ability to track your fleet vehicles be worth the upfront cost and the ongoing monthly cost.When you look at a real-time tracking AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locator) the question isn’t always the upfront cost of the hardware ($199 – $399 per unit), but the ongoing monthly monitoring cost ($14.95 – $49.95 per month). This may not sound like much in the scheme of things, but when added to 20 -30 trucks the costs can add up quickly.Advantages of a real-time tracking system:

These plus having the ability to maintain employee overtime and payroll cost gives a pretty good nudge to say yes to Fleet TrackingNow for the down side:

  • Up front cost
  • Monthly Monitoring
  • Employee tempering
  • Technology changing
  • Follow up

When you weigh the pros and cons of Fleet tracking, and if used properly, the thought of keeping you share of the local business market with better response and lowering your overall companies cost of maintaining a fleet makes sense to track your vehicles.Companies sometime have trouble making decision on the ROI of a tracking system, they get lost in the paralysis by analysis loop.Sit down and write out the pros and cons and see if you can find the right reason for your company to track their vehicles.