Every morning my loving husband points out the money I’m throwing out the window by starting my vehicle before I get ready, and I have to say this is one of the few times he is right. When it comes to construction sites, were not talking about one wife, were talking about 30 vehicles guzzling fuel. The driver is innocently thinking that it won’t hurt anything, he’s just running in to grab a Dew and Donut, or stopping by to grab a ladder. But these innocent stops turn into a huge fuel guzzler. You probably don’t even want to know how much it is increasing the wear and tear on your engines. With our Idling alert, you will be able to put a nail in this problem, and re-train your drivers to turn vehicles off when not in use.
For construction companies, finding ways to cut costs and improve income is always a top priority. Yet management often loses control over vehicle and equipment fleet costs. Rural First will help guide you back into the driver’s seat of your budget, and give you the tools to better manage your fleet. With our GPS tracking system in place you can cut fuel costs, vehicle wear, and maintenance costs, while improving billing accuracy. You will also be able to better protect your assets and lower your exposure to theft. Anything from unapproved use on the job site, or personal trips being made with work trucks. With more money going out than coming in, you cannot afford to pay for your employees personal rendezvous. You cut them a check every Friday for that. Aside from bulldozing through your fuel budget, it increases your fleets liability. Rural First will give you the tools to protect your fleet, with personalized alerts sent straight to your phone when a unit is not following protocol.
I know it’s hard to imagine, but GPS tracking can actually reduce maintenance costs. Now that you have put a stop to excessive idling and unauthorized use, you will see less vehicle damage and fewer miles driven which turns into less maintenance. This is not the only way Maintenance costs drop. With the Rural First system in place. you will be able to set up automatic maintenance notifications. I have a device in my car and this is one of my favorite features because like most people I put it at the bottom of my to-do list. With automatic notifications, you won’t have to put it on a list at all, and your vehicles will live longer, healthier lives. Which means you will have to spend less on fixing, and replacing them.
It’s been a long hot day and your worker leaves the truck idling and air conditioner blowing as he runs in the quick trip for a Big Gulp. What he doesn’t see is the guy standing by the pay phone looking lost. Instead, he sees the back of the truck as its screeching out of the parking lot. At one time this would have been a huge loss for you, but not anymore, because you have installed Rural First GPS tracking you know exactly where this stolen truck is. Being able to see the vehicle is not the only benefit. You will also be able to send a starter disable command to the unit, so that once they shut-off the vehicle, it will not restart. You will now be able to recover your property safely without a high-speed police chase that results in nothing. An added benefit of this is that insurance companies often offer reduced premiums to fleets that use GPS tracking.
When it comes to billing your customers, you should be as accurate as possible. The Rural First system will not only aid with this, it can seamlessly connect with your accounting software. You will be able to pull or schedule a report showing you where your equipment and team have been, enabling you to bill down to the minute. You will also be able to put settings in place that tell you how much time your crew spent at a prevailing wage site, making it easier to add up your employee hours and eliminating over reporting of prevailing wage hours.