It has been proven that keeping track of your movements can work wonders for people who want to change their habits. Keeping a food diary helps keep dieters from getting off-track. And GPS tracking can help drivers keep track of their habits. This was the argument made in an article in Western New York newspaper that is not trying to hide its support for one county’s bid to use GPS tracking.
The county executive and county legislator want to install GPS tracking devices on county cars and trucks. Of course they cannot make this decision on their own; they still have to get the approval of the county control board.
One of their main arguments in favor of installing the GPS devices is that the system could net taxpayers in that county about $400,000 in savings on fuel, plus about $150,000 in savings on vehicle maintenance. Using GPS to drive vehicles more efficiently means that they will not be put through so much wear and tear so quickly. This will also save money because you will have to replace vehicles less often. This is important to governments and businesses that need to stay under budget and make the most of the resources they already have.
Now that gas costs have been inflated and don’t seem like they will return to previous levels, this is an important investment. You will be pleasantly surprised to find just how quickly a fleet tracking system will pay for itself.
Another strong bargaining chip is the fact that the county will also be able to seriously reduce its carbon footprint. Since this county is in an area of the country that faces severe weather at times, they do not want to do more to contribute to the climate changes that being environmentally irresponsible can bring.
Municipalities and businesses all over the country have found that installing GPS tracking devices on their vehicle fleets has made a big difference. Has GPS tracking brought savings to your business or municipality? Let us know by leaving a comment. We’d love to hear from you.