12 Dec, 2012

Overwhelmed with Fleet Tracking Data? Use Analytics

12 Dec, 2012

GPS vehicle tracking has a lot of advantages. It can help you save money on fuel, reduce overtime costs, improve customer satisfaction, and ensure timely maintenance. It can also produce a lot of fleet tracking data. While this data is extremely useful for helping you streamline your business, it can be overwhelming if you don’t have the tools to properly analyze it. This is where analytics come in.

The type of fleet tracking data that are collected include:

  • Vehicle starts, stops, and idling
  • Fuel use
  • Engine hours
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle speeds

All of this data is important and gathering this type of information is probably one of the reasons you implemented a fleet tracking system in the first place. However, detailed reporting does a great job of giving you a snapshot of activities and performance, but it does not allow you to easily compare performance over time. You can create systems to help you do this, or you can use built-in analytics tools to give you the big picture.

Fleet analytics takes all of the fleet tracking data that has been collected over time and displays it in easy-to-read charts and graphs. With fleet analytics you can easily:

  • Evaluate driver behavior over time – Is it time for an employee annual review? Have a look at how each driver has performed to determine what they are doing well and what can be improved. Are overtime costs making a dent in your budget? Find out how each driver has been spending their time.
  • Compare driver behavior – Have your employees become more or less productive? Does one driver speed more often than others? Is one group more efficient than another? Understanding these metrics can help you make decisions about staff assignments, management styles, and other factors that may play a role in how your drivers behave.
  • Monitor vehicle activity – Do your vehicles seem to need more frequent maintenance than you expected? Is your monthly fuel budget getting higher even though gas prices have not changed? Take a look at your vehicle history to see if you can pinpoint the problem. Perhaps idling time is longer than it should be, or driver speeding has had an impact on gas mileage. With analytics you can track activity over time to identify possible causes of these problems and better optimize your fleet.

GPSTrackIt has added Analytics for Fleet so you can take advantage of all your valuable fleet tracking data in addition to all of our other useful features. View the feature demos today to learn more about how fleet GPS can help you run your business better.

What Analytics for Fleet information would be the most useful to you?

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