For fleet managers, GPS trackers has made it simpler to maintain records of multiples vehicles. GPS fleet tracking can change the entire process of mileage tracking. Below are 5 reasons you should implement these tracking device for mileage tracking.
#1) Save Business Money
GPS fleet management can help you keep records of routine maintenance, fuel usage, repairs and more for your fleet. You can save money for your business by having this knowledge since you can automatically monitor needed repairs and eradicate potential issues. This can additionally help fleet managers decide which routes should be altered or eliminated for reducing mileage.
#2) Observe Your Drivers
With live map capability, GPS tracking allows fleet managers to see where all fleet vehicles are located. They can also see when the drivers start and stop to avoid confusion on which fleet vehicles are parked at a customer’s location. Real-time driving routes can also be observed as well as being able to use an advanced route planner and help drivers avoid construction zones and heavy traffic. Being able to observe your drivers and see where and how they are driving is a simple way to cut down on mileage.
#3) Easy on Drivers
Rather than messing around with a laptop, cell phone, loose paper sheets or clipboard to keep track of their routes, drivers can now simply drive. The GPS system will record driver data like how far they are driving in your fleet vehicles and their speed. This type of automation makes it simple for drivers.
#4) Report Generation
All data gathered through GPS tracking can be displayed fairly easily through the GPS tracker’s software directly or a generated report. This will allow you to keep record keeping records accurate with regards to overall business expenses and monitoring vehicle expenses.
#5) Tax Purposes
It’s crucial that your detailed records of your mileage log are maintained for tax purposes. Your records should include your total miles traveled for the whole year, the mileage for every precise deductible and other important elements. Other things to keep track of include times, addresses and dates.
A business’s standard mileage deduction that the IRS allowed in 2014 was 56 cents per mile which was a half cent reduction from 2013. Now, in 2015 it’s up to 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven.
For your mileage-deductible trip, your business location can be either a starting or ending point. For example, if you leave your office to have a business lunch meeting with a client. Your normal commute is not allowed in your mileage deduction even if you are conducting business like making or answering a client call during it. The only exception is if it is a temporary location you are working at.
Nevertheless, when claiming mileage deductions, it is clearly stated by the IRS that it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to document all claimed business mileage and accurately report it when filing taxes.
If the IRS decides to audit you, they will look for validated documentation for confirming that mileage was indeed business-related. If you don’t have this documentation, your deduction might be disallowed by the IRS which will cost you much more than the time it would have taken to jot down information about your trip.
When it comes to crash rates in the United States, teens have the highest. However, especially dangerous periods of time tends to be from Memorial Day until Labor Day. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the months of June, July, and August have had the most teen crash-related deaths than any other month in the year.
Any parent who has a teen driver has most likely spent many fretful hours waiting for their child to get home after being behind the wheel, especially during the first year of them driving.
Although teen drivers do account for more car accidents than other age groups, this doesn’t mean you can’t help them practice safe driving techniques. By doing this you can not only keep them safe, but also ensure an affordable car insurance rate.
Some practices you can do to help your teen stay safe while driving include:
Setting a Good Example
While driving with your teens, you might think they are not paying attention; however, what you do when you drive does influence your kids. If you are practicing poor driving habits yourself, they will most likely pick them up and practice the same when they drive.
If you are distracted with text messaging, cell phone use, fiddling with your radio or eating while driving, your teen will most likely do the same.
Senior Manager of the National Safety Council’s Teen Driving Initiatives, Kathy Bernstein says that the parents are the number one influencer on teenagers. “Set the example. Put the cellphone away. Put that seat belt on. Signal when you turn.” she says.
Keep Your Cell Phone Off
Various studies conducted on cell phone use while driving indicated that it is fairly equivalent of drunk driving. This is even in the case of hands-free phone use. Some states might prohibit cell phone use while driving. Many states are now making it against the law to text and drive and laws against cell phone use in particular are increasing
Don’t Call your Teens Who Are Driving
According to the US Department of Transportation, there were over 3,000 deaths in 2011 from car crashes where a driver was distracted. Often parents who call their teens while they are behind the wheel to check up on them are distracting them.
GPS Teen Tracking
GPS tracking is often used to monitor teen drivers, and has been used for many years. In fact, with today’s times, modern changes have been made to this technology to improve the features. For instance, you can rely on GPS to check on your teen’s location, speed, braking, accelerating and more. Parents even have the ability to obtain a daily driving report emailed to them and receive alerts when the device becomes unplugged. The idea behind this technology is to promote safe teen driving since they know their parents are monitoring them.
Nothing can substitute from getting more driving experience which comes with age, however, by applying some of the suggestions above, you can improve the odds of your teen being a far better and safer driver.
When the 1966 Dodge Charger model was introduced by Chrysler, it was not a smashing hit with car muscle car enthusiast consumers. However, it’s second generation of the 1968 – 1970 models was a whole different story striking a very sweet spot with consumers who were seeking a muscular performer all wrapped up in a striking and fresh exterior.
Who can forget ‘Bullitt’ the big-screen 1968’s police drama? Its captivating car chase involved Steve McQueen in his 1968 GT Ford Mustang through the Asphalt Mountains of San Francisco on the tail of mobster hit men driving the 1968 black Dodge Charger R/T.
In a report through the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) showed that the clear favorite among car thieves was the Charger.
This study focuses on the Dodge Charger as well as its history of theft for over the previous 3 1/2 decades. Based on the ‘Hot Wheels Classics’ periodic report, since 1981, over 44,000 iconic sport sedans have been stolen. That averages over 1,300 a year and continues to climb since the return of the 2006 model year Charger.
In fact, the amount stolen in the year 1981, a year when auto theft was far more common, has nearly doubled with nearly 3,500 chargers stolen in 2014. The leading years that showed more
Charger thefts happen in 2009 or later. These years were 2014 with 3,495 thefts, 2011 with 2,967 thefts, 2010 with 2,950 thefts, 2009 with 2,946 thefts, and 2013 with 2,931 thefts.
The fewest thefts happened in the following five years: 2004 with 55 thefts, 2003 with 56 thefts, 2002 with 71 thefts, 2001 with 77 thefts and 2000 with 101 thefts.
The 2006 Dodge Charger, at over 7300 reported thefts, was the Charger with the most thefts. The second and third models with the most thefts were the 2007 with 6,059 thefts and 2,008 with 3526 thefts.
There were five design generations for Chargers from 1968 through 1987 before the halt of production. The Charger then re-appeared after a 19-year lapse for the 2006 model year. The Dodge Charger Pursuit for law enforcement applications was included in this sixth generation.
Now with the upcoming 2016 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat that’s in high-demand and restless buyers are waiting for, it’s said by the FCA that customers’ orders can be placed within the second week of this month. Production will start in September and deliveries will be made in the fourth quarter.
Keep in mind, however, that in 2014, almost a third more Chargers were stolen than say the Chevrolet Camaros, for example and with the Hellcat being an even absurdly faster car, the faster the thieves can get away in it.
What does this mean for you? If you own a Dodge charger, get yourself a GPS tracking device for it. That way, if thieves decide to steal it, you’ll be able to track it down.