The snow removal industry involves a lot of different businesses. Whether you are in the business of plowing city streets under contract, if you work with area businesses to remove snow from parking lots and sidewalks, if you work with individual homeowners to blow snow from drive and walkways, or if local housing communities hire you to handle their roads when winter weather strikes, a lot of people are counting on you to remove snow and ice, so they can drive, walk, and play safely.

These are a few ways GPS fleet tracking can benefit your snow removal industry business.

Avoid Route Redundancies

No matter how many trucks you have running routes for you, the last thing you want to do is have route redundancies that cost precious fuel and run your labor costs through the roof. No matter how carefully you calculate, human error can be a problem when planning routes by hand and trying to coordinate with multiple drivers in different parts of the county. Using GPS tracking for salt trucks eliminates the possibility of human error and route redundancies so that you have the coverage you need without having areas that get a little extra love from snow plows.

Ensures No Roads are Left Unplowed

Just as you want to make sure you avoid having two plows working the same roads, you want to make sure that you’re getting all the roads you’re supposed to cover without leaving some of them out in the cold and dark.

Prioritize Which Roads Get Plowed First

While it would be nice if all roads were equal and received equal love from snow removal trucks and plows, the truth is that some roads are more critical to local infrastructure than others. For instance, it is key to make ensure that roads leading to major hospitals and medical centers are plowed well and often when snowstorms strike. It is also critical to cover major commercial roadways that fuel the city. GPS fleet tracking allows you to prioritize which roads get plowed first in a matter of seconds, something that could take more than a few precious minutes if routing by hand.

Plan Efficient Routes

Fuel costs money – as do the men and women braving ice and snow to drive the plows. GPS tracking for snow plows allows your business to plan highly efficient routes that conserve fuel and labor while ensuring that all the required roadways are cleared in a reasonable amount of time.

GPS fleet tracking can’t solve all the problems snow removal businesses, like yours, face, but they can help you prioritize and schedule routes quickly while allowing you to maximize your fuel-efficiency to cut costs while meeting the needs of your customers. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If you own or manage a snow removal business, reach out to us here at LiveViewGPS to learn more about GPS fleet tracking for your business. 1-888-544-0494

It might have seemed like a silly prank to thieves that stole a giant inflatable Frankenstein, but the owner of a family Halloween store got the last laugh when he used GPS tracking to help track down thieves who took this valuable emblem of his business and celebration of the Halloween season.

Tricks and treats aren’t always laughing matter – especially when they rob businesses, families, and communities of fun and festive decorations in any season. While no one likes to think about the necessity of protecting symbols such as these from thieves, more and more people are learning the hard way that it is necessary to do.

Not only are thieves targeting the giant decorations outside his business, but there has also been a sharp rise in shoplifting incidents inside the store. He obviously hoped he’d never need to make use of the GPS device inserted inside the inflatable Frankenstein, but was glad he had done so when the blip on his GPS screen began to move indicating that the giant inflatable had, in fact, been stolen.

He was able to follow the inflatable to the location where it had been taken and enlist the aid of the police in securing the return of Frankenstein to its rightful place.

In many cases like this, when the outdoor decorations, inflatables in particular, are stolen, they are rarely recovered. The inserts of tiny GPS tracking devices into the inflatables provides piece of mind throughout the holiday season. Thanks to advancing technologies and long battery lives in the small trackers, it is increasingly possible to use these for long-term tracking and security of inflatable decorations for Halloween and other holidays throughout the year.

The benefit GPS tracking brings to the picture is that it allows owners to be alerted immediately when items are moved from their designated locations. This means you get a head start on locating the stolen inflatable. Add real-time tracking capabilities into the mix and you can aid local law enforcement with precise GPS coordinates for your missing Halloween decorations.

GPS tracking technology is changing the way businesses operate and allowing many business owners to reduce insurance costs, recover stolen merchandise, and stop thieves in their tracks (whether inside their organizations or on the outside). We look to see the many uses for GPS tracking to increase as more home and business owners learn of novel ways to make it work for them, like this.

Cutting costs is a top priority for many fleets as a new year begins — and 2018 is no exception. The more you can cut costs without sacrificing service, the bigger your profits will be at the end of the year. Below are seven changes you can make that will help you cut costs for your fleet throughout 2018 and beyond.

  1. Improve Vehicle Maintenance

For many fleets, vehicle maintenance is not the priority it should be. While you do take care of necessary maintenance when required, you may allow a few thousand miles to pass before you get around to it. Staying on top of maintenance will keep your fleet vehicles operating optimally conserving fuel and reducing many preventable breakdowns. Proper maintenance can also extend the lives of vehicles in your fleet saving you more money in the long-term.

  1. Reduce Driver Idling Times

Many fleet operators believe that fuel wasted idling isn’t the big of a deal. According to the State of Indiana, this is not the case at all. In fact, not only does idling increase vehicle maintenance needs and costs, but the current estimates are that unnecessary idling accounts for more than one billion gallons of wasted diesel each year, which amounts to more than three billion dollars annually in unnecessary fuel costs.

  1. Use GPS Fleet Management and fleet tracking Systems

GPS fleet management and GPS fleet tracking can help you plan more efficient routes, reduce fuel costs, and ensure that your business needs are being met (deliveries, pickups, etc.) with greater degrees of efficiency saving your company an incredible amount of money each year.

  1. Track and Analyze Spending

In order to effectively cut your costs in 2018, you need to know where the bulk of your money is being spent and where cuts can be made. This requires diligent tracking of expenses and earnings so that you can make appropriate cuts, consolidations, and a few important operational decisions based on facts and hard numbers.

  1. Increase Employee Accountability

Your drivers play vital roles in the expenses your company faces. From the way they drive, adherence to assigned routes, and even time spent taking care of personal business on your clock, when you hold drivers accountable, they take a more vested interest in staying on task and on target.

  1. Encourage Fuel Efficiency

This is another behavioral thing, to a degree, for drivers, but one that is necessary for business productivity and cutting costs. Encourage drivers to stick to the most optimal speeds for maximum fuel efficiency, to avoid aggressive driving, and to pay attention to things like idling times, proper tire inflation, and other issues that affect fuel costs. Incentivize if you must, the savings will make up for a few bonuses along the way and instill good habits in all your drivers.

  1. Reduce Miles Travelled

The bottom line is that the more miles you travel, the more fuel it takes to get there. Look for ways to consolidate routes, make fewer deliveries, and reduce redundancy in coverage. This will help you cut costs in more ways than you realize throughout 2018.

These seven changes can make a dramatic difference for your bottom line in 2018. Try them out today and see what a change it makes for your trucking fleet.

Give us a call here at LiveViewGPS if you have questions about how GPS fleet tracking can cut your fleet costs in 2018. 1-888-544-0494

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