It’s the end of the day and the phone rings at your office. There’s an angry caller on the other end of the line. It seems one of your company trucks turned around in a parking lot, clipped the caller’s car, and kept going.
According to the caller, the truck caused thousands of dollars in damages. The crew supervisor states that no employee traveled anywhere near the address in question. But the caller is persistent. They have the name of the company, a driver description, a plate number, and a witness.
If you had GPS fleet tracking, you could check your global position system (GPS) tracking records. Then you would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your supervisor’s story checks out. No vehicle in the fleet traveled within two miles of the alleged accident scene. The police get notified, and not surprisingly, there have been reports of similar scams across the county. The GPS logs are verified. Disaster avoided. Case closed.
But What If You Didn’t Have a GPS Tracking System?
Ultimately the scammer might have been exposed. Up to that point, however, significant time and resources could have been wasted. Throw in some legal fees, and it’s a full-fledged, costly nightmare that could have been avoided.
Can You Afford Not to Use Vehicle Tracking?
If you’re still unsure about vehicle tracking for your fleet, realize it’s not just con artists you need to worry about. Even the actions of respected employees could take a significant toll on your bottom line.
Consider the case of a hypothetical employee. We’ll call her Jane.
Twice a week, Jane uses your pickup truck to load and deliver mulch to a personal client base she’s developed over time. Jane is, by all accounts, a good employee. Nobody misses her for the three hours per week she spends running a side job. What you’re missing is more than $2,000 in annual wages you’ve paid to Jane while she does her own thing.
Your problems don’t stop at side jobs.
Employees who take vehicles home might be knocking off an hour early. Three or four workers take hour-long lunches when you only allow a 30-minute break. Add up time wasted, and you get the picture. You’ve lost a lot of money — not the position you want to be in if we head into a recession.
Wages aren’t the only issue, and those lost dollars may pale in comparison to other situations. Speeding and reckless driving put your company at greater peril. Monetary damages extending from an accident involving property damage, serious injury, or death could spell the end of your business. Sure, you have insurance but serious claims can exceed your limits of liability and put your business assets at risk.
Your Reasons Not to Use a GPS Tracking System
GPS tracking systems can give you peace of mind and some insulation from any of these potential scenarios. You might still have some doubts. Your concerns are valid but may deserve revisiting in the new year.
“It’s hard to find good employees. I don’t want to lose them.”
You don’t want to lose your business, either. Inevitably, within employer groups, there will be a few workers who take advantage of your trust. Deploying GPS trackers may force out the dishonest workers and help you run a tighter, more profitable ship.
“I know my employees. They’d never do that to me.”
CBS news revealed that almost one-third of employees commit some type of theft on the job and across the U.S. the amount stolen, in time and material, approaches $50 billion annually. Of course, you’d like to think otherwise, but you’re probably not immune to this phenomenon.
“Technology is pricey. We can’t afford it.”
It’s a common misconception. Tracking systems from companies such as ClearPathGPS are inexpensive, with a monthly cost equaling about four or five gallons of gas. Compared to what may be potentially going out the door, can you afford not to use a GPS tracking system?
“I hate long-term contracts. What if things don’t work out?”
ClearPathGPS has no monthly contracts. Cancel or suspend any vehicle anytime, with no hidden fees or penalties.
The Final Say
Change can be good, especially when the process protects your business assets. Take some time to discover how ClearPathGPS can offer you peace of mind and a bigger piece of the pie – two concepts you can happily afford. Still have questions?