It doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to do the fuel cost math for your small business: Record fuel prices mean the more miles your team drives, the more you’ll spend.
Jim Bernier has run his Spring Green Lawn Care service in Charlotte, North Carolina for 15 years, and has grown it to a fleet of seven trucks and a customer map that spreads across the entire north side of Charlotte. As fuel prices crest $4 per gallon, Jim is paying more for his trucks to cover their routes, and it costs more per hour to run his lawn maintenance equipment.
Jim can’t control the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded—which crested at more than $4.30 in March 2022. But with the help of some clever technology from GPS Trackit, he’s been able to plan his routes and deploy his teams much more efficiently, saving thousands of dollars of wasted fuel from circuitous routes, excessive idling, and duplication of effort.
Plug-in devices in each of Jim’s trucks measure where the trucks go, how long they spend at each location, and how carefully they’re being driven. From a central dashboard on a desktop computer, GPS Trackit’s reporting hub gives Jim real-time information about his trucks—and sophisticated analytics tools that help him make assignments more efficiently and keep team members on task.
“We know where everyone is going, and where they’ve been—plus how long it takes them to get from point A to point B,” Jim says. “It has helped us develop a culture where you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing and I can back you up and make sure you’re OK.”
One example? GPS Trackit’s monitoring not only lets Jim give customers very specific details about when his crews begin and finish a job, but also provides support for when disputes arise. “A client claimed we sprayed a yard at the incorrect time and it made their dog sick, but we could see with our GPS data that we didn’t have anyone in the area,” Jim says.
“It also gives us a very clear way to communicate to large residential community clients when we’ve been there.”
GPS Trackit’s easy-to-use and simple-to-customize tools allow for virtually unlimited location-based data capture and analysis. From creating virtual boundaries and route tracking to setting real-time alerts for speed, heavy braking or engine diagnostics, the interface lets you see the driver-specific and vehicle-specific indicators that are important, when you need them most. And the map function piggybacks on Google Maps, which makes it immediately familiar and intuitive for most users.
For less than $100 per month, Spring Green Lawn saves many hundreds of dollars in wasted fuel. Jim’s trucks have less wear-and-tear because the streamlined routes are decreasing miles driven and reducing overall engine hours—and team members know aggressive accelerating and braking are being measured.
The bottom line? You don’t have to be an interstate trucking company or a company with an enormous fleet to take advantage of GPS Trackit technology to save money and time.