GPS tracking works… What would you do if you walked out to your driveway one morning to witness your vehicle – and all your valuable tools and parts – being driven away by a total stranger?
The stakes are high at that moment. You’re on the verge of losing thousands of dollars worth of items. Replacing them will not only potentially cost a lot of money but also the time needed to find a place that would sell them to you at a good enough price. Some people may have those resources to burn. Others might not, and their business operation could suffer because of it in a way the business operator may not be able to bounce back from.
Your best option is to recover the items that are on their way to disappearing forever, but how? The thief just went off in your only vehicle. You have no other reliable mode of transportation Maybe the police would be able to eventually locate the vehicle, but there are no guarantees. Even if they did, the equipment within the vehicle could be long gone by the time it’s located.
If only there was some piece of technology that would allow you a real-time look at where your stolen items are at any moment, thereby allowing you to locate and take them back. For one Arizona Pipeline worker, that technology saved him. He had watched his truck disappear into the distance one cold winter morning and acted fast, alerting the police and then using GPS Trackit’s fleet tracking system.
Looking at a potential loss of anywhere from $40-45,000 driving away from his home, Compliance and Transportation Manager Neil Christensen knew what he had to do. It was the very reason that he had GPS Trackit’s technology installed in the first place, to be able to immediately locate and recover stolen items before they’d be gone forever. So, Christensen immediately consulted his GPS tracking Fleet Manager heavy equipment tracking console. The GPS tracking software immediately identified the location of the vehicle in a cul-de-sac not far from where it was stolen.
Christensen immediately notified the police station in hopes of circumventing a theft insurance claim. He got his wish. The police arrived at the scene to find the vehicle intact, including its equipment. It was returned to Arizona Pipeline within an hour for business as usual.
This wasn’t the first time GPS Trackit’s Fleet Manager was used to recover stolen vehicles for the operation. Thanks to the GPS tracking software, other vehicles have also been recovered intact, affording people and their businesses the luxury of not having to spend an exorbitant amount of money to replace their stolen equipment.
Not a One-Horse Show…
In addition to using Fleet Manager for the rapid recovery of stolen vehicles, Christensen also uses the software for a handful of other purposes, including the monitoring and tracking of vehicles that allows him to ensure his drivers are practicing the habits and behaviors that make the road as safe as possible for themselves and the drivers around them.
With that information, Christensen and other fleet managers can submit driver safety reports to their divisions and risk management supervisor monthly. With reports detailing their behavior behind the wheel, drivers can be held responsible for their behavior on the road. If there are aspects that need changing, fleet managers can go about the process of correcting those flaws, thereby minimizing the liabilities the company would potentially be on the hook for should those flaws result in anything that hurts them in any way.
Additionally, Fleet Manager is employed to track vehicles on the job site and monitor vehicle speeds. Perhaps the employees are accelerating too often or are hitting the brakes with too much ferocity. Those kinds of actions can put a lot of strain on the vehicle. A one-time instance might not do too much damage, but an accumulation of poor pedal handling can add wear and tear that can build up over time and eventually cause some serious damage.
Due to their operations spanning across multiple states, Fleet Manager’s state fuel tax reporting capabilities have also turned out to be an incredible boon to the business.
Christensen is thrilled with the GPS Trackit Fleet Manager System. The pipeline began installing tracking devices on vehicles the previous August and is utilizing Fleet Manager’s heavy equipment tracking capabilities on over 400 vehicles so far. The goal? A device on each and every one of their 537 units. Which would make it nearly impossible for anyone to steal a unit without the precise knowledge of where they’re headed, thus ensuring near-complete safety for all the vehicles and whatever equipment rests inside of them.
GPS tracking equipment and software are great at the obvious – protecting your assets – but it’s also capable of so much more. Think of all the ways it can improve your vehicle and fleet management and how much more efficient it can make your operation.
If you’d like to learn more about how GPS Trackit can help to improve safety, increase productivity and reduce costs for your business, speak with one of our knowledgeable Fleet Advisors at 866-320-5810 or get a quick Custom Quote.
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