We usually write blogs here about the right way to use vehicle GPS tracking to improve your business. But not today. Today we’re taking a different approach. Let’s talk through a few of the ways you might get it wrong.
1. Just ask your drivers how things are going.
Let’s say you choose not to set up vehicle GPS tracking for your fleet. Who needs it?! Instead, you’ll just check in now and then with your field techs and let them tell you how things are going with your trucks. It might sound something like this:
You: “Hey, Mike, how’d everything go out there today?”
Mike: “Fine, Boss. No issues.”
Problem solved, right? Well, maybe.
But do you think Mike will tell you if he got pulled over for speeding and that he (and your company) dodged a ticket only because Mike begged the cop to let him off with a warning?
Do you think Mike will tell you if he spent 45 minutes at a job site with your truck in the driveway, and didn’t realize until he came back out that he left the engine running?!
Do you think Mike will tell you he left a job site “to get some tools” because he needed to buy some supplies for “poker night”? And do you think he’ll record that little break on his time card?
Nah. There are probably a lot of things Mike won’t tell you. So this “just ask” strategy might not be the smartest.
2. Give your dispatcher one of those “improve your memory” books, and hope for the best.
You could also try to keep track of your vehicles out in the field by making sure your dispatchers have really, really good memories.
That way, if an urgent job request comes in, they’ll know exactly where the closest truck is, whether that technician is almost finished with his own job, or whether to send the next-closest vehicle.
But what if your dispatchers can’t remember a zillion details at a time? What if they can’t keep track of all your trucks out in the field? What if you’ve wasted your money on that memory book?
Yeah, this strategy might not work for you, either.
3. Sign one of those 3-year contracts with a vehicle GPS tracking company.
Ah, now you’re getting somewhere!
You’ve decided not to just ask your drivers how things are going, but to demand evidence.
And you’ve decided not to try forcing your dispatchers to remember everything, but instead to give them a tool to get real-time vehicle GPS tracking whenever they need it. (You also saved your money on that stupid memory book!)
There’s just one problem.
Not all vehicle GPS tracking services are created equal. And which company do you think is going to give you better service: one that’s already locked you into a 3-year GPS contract, or one that has to keep earning your business from month to month?
How Not to Screw It Up
As you can probably tell from our tone, these aren’t viable ways to monitor your fleet and protect your business. So don’t try these methods.
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