North Americans have always had a love affair with their vehicles. It’s our culture. It is as old as the first car—maybe older! Of all the “toys” that we enjoy, the car (or truck) is the most expensive and we don’t really seem to care. If there is a device or feature that we want, we just simply get it. We even use them for recreation and, sometimes, just to pass the time.
Fleet managers live in a counter-culture. Vehicles, to a fleet manager, represent a need, not a want. The goal of fleet managers is the use vehicles as a revenue-generating business tool and that conflicts with the cultural human nature of the driver. Changing the attitude about how we drive directly conflicts with expense-reducing goals of companies that depend on personal transportation the achieve business goals.
With automotive fuel prices increasing the fuel bill for a company is seriously cutting into profits to a point where many companies have become unprofitable simply because their fuel bill is out of control. Most of this year the price of a gallon of gasoline has been at $3.20 or more. Still closer than they appear in the rearview mirror, the price of gasoline was under $2.00. That is simply too much of an increase in such a short period and the powers that be can make it quickly go to $4.00 or $5.00 a gallon.
Trying to change the behavior of the driver is not enough and fleet managers are now aiming at changing the behavior of the vehicles they drive. One of the most effective methods of reducing fuel costs has been the use of GPS (global positioning satellite) fleet tracking systems which can track a vehicle so a fleet manager can judge for himself wasteful usage of vehicles.
According to an Associated Press-AOL 64% of 1,000 adults polled reported that gasoline prices will cause them money problems in the next six months. Gasoline prices will cost a family with two cars $533 more this year than last—and amost $1,000.00 more than it did two years ago (Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association). Fleet managers are not acting like “Big Brother” in George Orwell’s novel, 1984,by tracking a fleet of vehicles; the purpose here is not to control the person but to protect the assets of the company that provides the person his job.
GPS fleet tracking systems, such as the one provided by UTS provide a number of solutions including preventing missed or late deliveries, downtime due to out of service vehicles, verifying work hours of the vehicle, and the focus of this article, reducing excess consumption of fuel and work time in wasted motion. The cost of wasted motion of a vehicle is increasing rapidly through the vehicle price, the salary of the driver and drastically increasing fuel costs. Fuel makes up a bigger and bigger part of that equation. UTS provides fleet managers with a best-in-industry tracing system, using several premier GPS mapping providers across North America.
For most of us, the driving is a pleasure; the cost of driving is not. The use of a GPS Fleet tracking systems is not just an answer to reducing fuel costs—it is an essential answer.
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