With concern for fuel emissions growing, companies with large fleets find themselves in a difficult position. How can these companies manage to both keep their fleets and thus their businesses running while still cutting back on pollution? In addition, with fuel prices rising, how can they make sure all their profits don’t get gobbled up in fuel prices. GPS Tracking may provide solutions to both those problems.
When used in fleet tracking, the devices allow fleet managers to track the location of their drivers, the efficiency of the routes they take, any needless idling time, and any unwarranted stops. Once they get an idea of these time and fuel wasters, the fleet manager can then take action–managing long routes, idling, and frequent stops, thus making their fleets more time efficient and cutting back on fuel use. That reduced fuel use provides the company with two benefits: less money spent on gas and fewer fuel emissions in the atmosphere.
NAFA, the National Association of Fleet Management, has recently caught onto the environmental benefits of using GPS devices in fleet tracking. They are offering a Sustainable Fleet Award to a deserving company or individual who managed, this past year, to employ ingenuity and creativity in the reduction of fuel use. A GPS fleet system is one primary way these companies can meet those goals.
For example, one study estimates that if everyone in a fleet of twenty-five idles for a quarter of an hour everyday, that idling wastes 562 1/2 extra gallons of fuel. Cutting back on that idling could save companies just under $2,000 in fuel costs and create long term benefits for our environment, giving fleet mangers and business owners the opportunity to both help their companies and others at the same time.
And the benefits of these systems don’t stop with fuel-cutting. GPS trackers help make fleet managers’ jobs easier. They cut down on complicated charts, frequent phone calls, and constant checking in. Instead, the computer systems do the hard work, allowing fleet managers to focus on more important jobs.
Small business owners and fleet managers should look into the benefits of fleet tracking with GPS devices. With today’s unique problems, rising fuel costs and rising environmental pollution, no company can be long without this unique tool and still run an efficient business.
Article Written by Greg Bartlett