The moose population within the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado has been steadily increasing, and the growing number of animals is having an impact on important plants in the park.

Park staff began to notice an uptick in moose being observed on both the west and east sides of the park, but they are not certain how many total moose live in the area. They have also noticed a substantial decrease in important plants throughout the park.

Last year, researchers teamed up with the National Park Service to begin outfitting park-dwelling moose with GPS tracking devices. Researchers hope to tag up to 40 moose throughout the park by 2022. So far, they have successfully collared nine animals. These tracking units send location information twice a day every day to researchers.

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HVAC companies are quite often the best friends of home and business owners in varying degrees of HVAC emergencies. Whether you’re dealing with routine service calls gearing up for the summer or winter months ahead or you’re dealing with emergencies, these are seven ways your HVAC business could benefit by using GPS fleet tracking.

  1. Reduce fueling costs. Wild fluctuations in the costs of fuel have everyone feeling the sting. Businesses, like yours, that are constantly on the road to get the job done, feel it more than most. Every little bit you can save helps and GPS can help you save by notifying you of wasteful practices, planning more fuel efficient routes, and notifying you when drivers deviate from course, adding expenses and improperly using company time.
  2. Encourage better driving.  While poor driving habits can waste an incredible amount of fuel, they can also alienate your potential client base. It’s important that your drivers act as representatives for your business whether they are repairing HVAC systems or on the road to the next job.
  3. Provide accurate appointment windows. GPS fleet tracking can be used to pinpoint scheduling needs more accurately creating happier customers for your HVAC business.
  4. Give instant notification of delays and updates about arrival times. Customers waiting on someone to come in and bring in blessedly cool air in the summer or wonderfully warm air in winter want to know what’s going on. GPS fleet tracking allows you to keep them updated of your progress and if, or when, there are delays so they aren’t left wondering.
  5. Access to accurate billing data. No one likes to feel as though they’ve been cheated or improperly billed. GPS location services offers iron clad proof of your time on a particular jobsite for greater billing transparency.
  6. Ease dispatch burdens for priority calls and emergencies. Some jobs are more urgent than others. For instance, when emergencies occur on the coldest days of winter, it takes priority over routine maintenance. GPS fleet tracking can help you manage the dispatch of these emergencies, when they arise, in a way that minimizes the impact to jobs scheduled for the day.
  7. Motivate technicians to stay on task. One unexpected side effect of GPS fleet tracking is that it encourages your technicians to stay on task, get the job done, and avoid unnecessary delays (or personal errands) between jobs. This means greater efficiency for your HVAC business and less wasted fuel and labor.

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to consider that make GPS fleet tracking well worth while for your HVAC company. These are only the beginning.

If you own or manage a HVAC company and are looking to increase efficiencies and decrease costs, give us a call here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494 to learn more about how a GPS fleet tracking solution can help.

Your CSA (compliance, safety, accountability) score can have a huge impact on your fleet operations and expenses. The better you understand your score, the more quickly you can get your fleet’s CSA score where you want it to be to offer maximum benefit.

What Factors Into Your CSA Score?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses data obtained from roadside inspections and crash reports over the last two years to determine your CSA score. That data is organized into the following categories:

  1. Unsafe driving. Does your fleet have a history of unsafe driving violations, like speeding, improper lane changes, or even of drivers failing to wear seatbelts?
  2. Compliance with hours of service. How well are you keeping up with HOS regulations?
  3. The fitness of drivers. Do your drivers have adequate experience, education, and health to operate your vehicles?
  4. Violations involving alcohol or controlled substances. Impaired driving violations are costly for your fleet. Create policies that strictly prohibit impaired driving.
  5. Vehicle maintenance. How well do you maintain your vehicles and secure your loads?
  6. Crash indicators. What is the history of state-reported crashes with your carrier?
  7. Compliance concerning hazardous materials. Do you take your responsibilities when transporting hazardous materials seriously?

These numbers are updated once each month to ensure that you’re always operating with the latest scores and so you know where you stand. You can use GPS fleet tracking to assist you in your efforts to improve your CSA score by

  • Automatically scheduling routine maintenance
  • Setting up alerts when drivers speed
  • Logging driver hours behind the wheel to ensure compliance,
  • Notifying you of other driver behavior consistent with impaired, distracted, or sleepy driving to prevent unnecessary accidents and more.

How Does the Score Work?

Some carriers find the CSA scoring system a little complex. All carriers are assigned numbers between 0 and 100. These numbers reflect the percentage of trucking companies who scored higher than your company in a specific group.

What this means is that if your score was 25, only 25 percent of other carriers or companies scored higher than your organization. On the other hand, if your CSA score is 75, that means you have a lot of work to do as 75 percent of your competitors had higher CSA scores in a category than your organization.

Typically scores between 0 and 49 are considered satisfactory scores with scores between 50 and 74 qualifying as conditional scores. Scores between 75 and 100 are unsatisfactory and indicate you have a lot of work to do to improve your situation and your score.

The Takeaway

The great thing about this system is that every month offers opportunities for improvement. Now that you understand your CSA score better, you have an opportunity to affect your score, for the better, in the months to come.

Stay tuned for future articles on Why Good CSA Scores Matter, How and When to Check Your Fleet’s CSA Scores, and Ways to Improve Your CSA Score.

About Live View GPS

We specialize in real time GPS tracking systems. GPS tracking, GPS monitoring and management for vehicles, assets, equipment, property and persons. Whether your needs are consumer or commercial based, personal or business related we have a cost effective GPS tracking solution for you. Locate in real-time and on demand vehicles, people and property from any web based computer. View these locations on our systems integrated maps. Our GPS devices are the real deal, they are tested and proven, they work.