Tracking solutions for the transportation industry offer business owners of small to large businesses with ways to improve their bottom line. However, with so many different fleet tracking solutions available, it can be overwhelming to determine the ideal solution for your particular needs. Check out five of the major tracking solutions so to help you make the best decision possible.
Driver Log Book
The first fleet tracking solution ever was the driver log. Using old fashioned pencil and paper, a driver keeps up with mileage, off/on duty times, transport invoices, and fuel costs. However, with the change over to EOBRs, this method is soon to be nonexistent.
A common solution in fleet tracking is GPS tracking. Using a GPS monitoring system, a logistics team can determine vital information, such as a driver’s off duty hours and a vehicle’s fuel economy. However, this system requires a monthly subscription to maintain the real-time monitoring. Keep in mind that the future of GPS is fruitful, thanks to EOBR laws and regulations regarding drivers log books.
A less costly system than GPS tracking, handset monitoring allows a driver to input his statistics for analysis. While this system requires more time and effort on behalf of the driver, it also allows for more opportunity for a driver to fudge the truth. When fleet tracking data is incorrect, it defeats the purpose of monitoring a driver for things like fuel efficiency. Additionally, since this method is not in real time, there is less opportunity to track driver and vehicle performance.
Similar to handset monitoring, tablet style tracking uses tablets, which are handheld computers. This system is more costly in comparison to handset monitoring due to the initial costs of the equipment. However, tablets offer a wider screen and more options via apps, such as mapping and real-time tracking, for drivers to use to benefit their driving experience. Yet as with handset monitoring, the statistics are in the hands of the drivers, which offers availability for cheating, and also won’t be compliant when EOBR laws go into effect.
As a final note, when choosing fleet tracking solutions, consider the hidden costs that can accompany each solution. Do you have to sign a contract for a service provider? If so, make sure to read the fine print before you’re put into a predicament down the road. Will you incur any other payments, other than the upfront cost of the equipment or software? Become aware of those before you make an investment.
Finally, consider all of your options in terms of future proofing. It’s best to become EOBR compliant now instead of investing in tablets or driver log training. Getting your system ready for the next step in driver regulations will make the transition seamless.