While the use of GPS Fleet Management Software is rapidly becoming more and more widespread, there still exists several misconceptions that can keep some from making the jump to adopt this useful tool into their businesses.
Here are five common misconceptions about GPS Fleet Management Software and why they might be overblown.
1. Installing GPS makes our Drivers feel they are not trusted
One of the biggest concerns from employees of companies that implement GPS tracking is that they may feel they are being unfairly monitored, or that they are not trusted as faithful employees. While some may feel GPS tracking brings a negative element into employee-manager relationships, the truth is that GPS Fleet tracking can make drivers jobs easier and more secure. Fleet Management can improve dispatch and routing, which benefits drivers by increasing their efficiency, allowing them to finish jobs quicker, with less potential delays. Additionally it provides a record of vehicle movements, which can serve as evidence in disputes such as traffic tickets or customer complaints. Once employees understand the software and how it can protect them, they typically embrace it.
2. Managing GPS Fleet Tracking Software is Difficult
Employees who have to manage Fleet Management Software worry that it will take up too much of their time, more than they feel they might have in their schedule. However modern fleet management software is aware of this and allow for automation to save time. By simply setting up scheduled reports and real-time alerts, fleet managers will get the information they need, when they need it without the hassle of even needing to log into the software. Many fleet managers have found that GPS fleet tracking software actually saves them time compiling fleet reports, dispatching vehicles, and managing drivers.
3. GPS Tracking Software is not Worth the Money
Many fleet managers have trouble justifying the costs of GPS Fleet Management Software. They focus on the upfront and monthly costs without considering the cost savings that come from more efficient fuel usage, less overtime from optimized routes, preventative maintenance scheduling and generally increased productivity. Not to mention the fact that GPS Tracking also serves as a security measure in case of theft.
4. Cell Phone Tracking is the same as GPS Tracking
Some believe they can track their fleet well enough using cell phones/handhelds.Though useful as communication tools, cell phones/handhelds cannot provide information most useful to fleet managers: real-time vehicle location, engine status, history of stops and stop times, and other valuable data, such as mileage, fuel consumption, or speeding patterns. In addition to this, cell phones and handhelds can be turned off easily, not carried in the vehicle, dropped/damaged, etc. Even when cell phones are functioning correctly, they track people rather than assets.
5. All GPS Fleet Management Software is the Same
Although all GPS fleet tracking solutions will likely provide location, basic speed/idling data, alerts and geofence/landmark information, better GPS fleet tracking platforms will provide deeper data analysis in an easy-to-use interface. The most significant ROI will be seen if your GPS fleet tracking provider has robust, but easy to use software that provides easy access to historical data, a highly customizable interface, and world class customer service.
New technology can be an intimidating prospect to add to a workflow your employees and management are used to, however by looking at the capabilities of the technology and weighing it’s potential effect on your business in realistic terms, one can see why it’s adoption is becoming more and more mainstream. Once you and your employees understand the function and benefit of GPS Fleet Management Software, you will be on the path to greater efficiency and security for your business.