Benefits of using GPS Tracking Devices for Automobile Fleets

Author, Chase Hixson, Account Executive, Human Services Group, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.

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Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices have become a popular topic with employers who maintain vehicle fleets. The companies want to know what the advantages are of having these devices installed on their fleet vehicles and will it reduce their insurance costs.

The short answer is yes. Some insurance carriers provide a credit for having GPS systems installed on vehicles. Others may include a discount in their overall assessment of the company’s risk profile. Taking a proactive stance will be noticed by a carrier and taken into account.

The most important element of having GPS tracking is what the company does with the information received. It’s not enough to just install the device. The information generated should be used to promote corrective and preventative action within the organization. Rancho Mesa suggests organizations provide trainings, periodic ride-a-longs by a supervisor, and implement some kind of corrective behavior should the GPS show unfavorable driving behavior such as speeding or taking a less favorable route.

Other Benefits

Rancho Mesa clients have experienced indirect, sometimes unexpected, benefits from implementing a GPS System. These benefits include decreased fuel and labor costs, and ultimately more efficiency. Knowing the routes are being tracked can lead to a greater sense of accountability from employees as to what routes they are taking and how long they are spending on each trip. It can also allow decision makers to properly direct service calls to the right technician knowing who is in the vicinity.

For more information about the benefits of using a GPS system to lower insurance costs, contact Rancho Mesa Insurance Services at (619) 937-0164.