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Advice on Choosing the Best Vehicle Tracking System For Your Fleet

Aug 21, 2008
If you are looking to improve the efficiency of your commercial fleet while on the road, investing in a GPS vehicle tracking system is a proven cost effective means of staying in touch with the movement of your vehicles from a remote location. There are many benefits of investing in a vehicle tracking system tool to improve the productivity of your fleet, but with so many choices how do you know which one is right for your business?

Depending on which type of business you are running, a tracking system can be customised to inform you of where the vehicle is so you can reduce delays and communication costs relaying this information to your driver. It can also show you engine vitals so you know that your fleet is in fully working order so you can prevent breakdowns and accidents. GPS tracking systems can upload data documenting the progress of each of your vehicles in order to gather a number of reports to help you monitor how productive your fleet are. For example, a tracking system can prepare daily reports to show how each of your vehicles is being used during and after work hours so you get the whole picture as to what's going on across your fleet.

Some GPS vehicle tracking systems come with their own software to determine specifics about engine vitals and brake status as well as the speed at which the vehicle is travelling, while others do not have these involved capabilities. If you are looking to reduce your communication costs having a tracking system that has advanced mapping capabilities as well as direction and speed indicators can be essential when avoiding delays on the road.

It is important to consider which of these benefits your business requires before you sign up for any package so you can avoid paying over the odds for a system designed to save you money. If you are looking to improve a small business' customer relations for example you may want to invest in a more basic package in order to be able to assure the customer of delivery times. In a case like this a system that reports with accurate mapping and speed data for each of your vehicles is essential whereas daily vehicle status reports may not be required.

When choosing a vehicle tracking system for your fleet it's also important to consider the customer support you are being offered as part of the package. Most suppliers offer customer aftercare packages whereby you can replace broken units quickly so your business doesn't lose out through in operational vehicles. A good supplier will also offer to guide you through any problems you come up against at any point during the lifetime of the unit. If the supplier you are looking at only offers a sales package be wary; you may end up replacing an entire fleets worth of receivers further down the line in order to stay on top of the standards your tracking system has established for you should a problem occur.
About the Author
Kent Stabler - Marketing Manager - Chameleon Direct are suppliers of gps vehicle tracking systems, hands free car kits and speed camera detector equipment. With over 1 Million UK customers Chameleon Direct they also provide hands free installation services.
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