As a field service business owner, you know how vital your fleet of vehicles is to your success. It’s how you get your employees to the job site, transport your equipment, and serve your customers.
Choosing the right fleet management platform gives you access to the fleet vehicle health data you need to avoid disruptions and tackle small problems before they become large ones. Take a look at some of the different scenarios where GPS Trackit clients are saving time and money monitoring fleet vehicle health.
Fleets with wide coverage areas
If your business covers a wide area, you want uninterrupted movement of fleet vehicles—and full visibility of where your assets are. Tracking your vehicles’ locations and performance prevents downtime and the potential for your crews to be stranded hundreds of miles from home. A fleet management system like GPS Trackit gives you the power to remotely monitor fuel consumption, tire pressure, and engine performance. You can detect issues before they cause significant problems, plus improve the customer service experience. Alexander Pacific Electric’s trucks range hundreds of miles across Southern California. David Alexander uses GPS Trackit to optimize routes, take care of maintenance issues before they become a problem, and give customers very specific time estimates for when their technicians will arrive.
Acing preventative maintenance
Real-time data on fleet vehicle health makes preventative maintenance a breeze. Matthew Milom of Mazzella Companies uses GPS Trackit to keep up-to-the-minute tabs on his fleet of service vehicles. By rotating vehicles for preventative maintenance and balancing mileage across the whole fleet, he saves money and dramatically reduces downtime. “We’ve had to keep vehicles longer because replacements aren’t readily available, and the steady flow of diagnostic information has helped us track our older equipment and take pieces out of service,” says Milom. “We’re able to move our higher mileage units to the side and have them serve as fill-ins, or take an underutilized spare truck and put it in service to extend the overall life of our fleet.” Better data means Milom keeps vehicles an average of almost a year longer and is able to plan new truck purchases so they’re most cost-effective instead of doing it in a crisis.
Vehicles in tough environments
Reicks View Farms’ trucks live tough lives. They work mostly on gravel roads and spend hours idling as they’re loaded and unloaded with livestock, feed, and other supplies. Engineer Scott Voyna uses both engine and vehicle systems data and driver performance metrics to make sure his vehicles are operating efficiently and safely. He can see if trucks are being driven cautiously over rough terrain, and can monitor metrics beyond mileage like engine hours—a crucial indicator for service intervals that is very different than in passenger vehicles. The data Voyna gets from GPS Trackit is so important that the company uses it as a component in its driver bonus programs. It rewards those who score the best in efficiency and safety.
To learn more about how a fleet management solution can be tailored to your business, talk to a Fleet Advisor today for a free demo.