How effective is fleet tracking at reducing fuel costs? Fleet Financials quotes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as saying that driver behavior can impact fuel efficiency by about 33 percent. Thus, installing fleet tracking systems and using them to improve driver behavior has the potential to cut fuel costs drastically.
Also, preventive maintenance makes your fleet more efficient by extending the life of the vehicles and ensuring that they are running at their best possible efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent, and this is just one area in which efficiency is protected with proper maintenance.
Give Parents Information About Bus Whereabouts
When parents allow their students to ride the school bus system, they place a tremendous amount of trust in the school bus company. Let that trust be warranted by giving them information about the bus whereabouts. This is only possible through GPS fleet tracking software.
With a fleet tracking system that is connected to a parent notification system, schools can alert parents if the buses are delayed. Not only does this eliminate parents or children waiting in the elements for a late bus, but it also gives peace of mind to a parent if the bus is unexpectedly delayed.
If you are not currently tracking your buses, you are missing out on increased safety, better efficiency and improved parent relationships. With all of the benefits of tracking your school buses, you owe it to your students and your parents, as well as your overall budget, to consider this technology for your school bus fleet.
Robert J. Hall is president of Track Your Truck, a provider of GPS vehicle tracking systems and software for small and midsized companies.