Fuel Consumption Reduction

Fuel Costs Spark GPS Interest


GPS Fuel Tracker

The recent Presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both candidates discussing a variety of topics including foreign policy, defense spending, and the economy. However, one of the topics at the moment that seems to be frustrating Americans the most is the cost of gasoline In nearly every state fuel has hit record highs, and both candidates have had to address the topic while providing possible solutions to the problem. This is because when fuel prices rise, the cost of everything rises. For example, the trucks that deliver goods to grocery stores have to pay more for their traveling expenses and that cost is then pushed onto the consumer. This often results in items such as milk and bread rising in cost. Although there are few alternatives for consumers to fight high gas prices, businesses are using GPS tracking systems to help enhance fuel management.

What Is A GPS Fuel Tracker

Tracking devices are GPS monitoring systems commonly used in the business world to improve vehicle and fleet management. Using positional data obtained from satellites orbiting the Earth, tracking systems allow companies access to the detailed driving activity of employees. This GPS data acquired from tracker devices allows a business to make certain company drivers aren’t misusing work time, but most importantly are maximizing fuel efficiency. By close observation of route selection, speeds traveled and vehicle idling, companies can ensure that drivers are not wasting fuel. In fact, when companies input their fuel consumption data in a ROI calculator they are shocked at how much money is actually wasted on inefficiency and poor fuel management.

GPS Monitoring System Options

When it comes to GPS monitoring systems the industry has two solutions: data logging systems and real-time tracking solutions. GPS data logging systems are not affordable and do not carry any monthly service obligations, but the business cannot review driving behaviors unless they remove the tracker from the company vehicle and download historical data. This particular form of tracker system is great for small businesses wanting to see where drivers have been and how fast they were going during those travels.

Real-time trackers are the monitoring systems most people probably think of when they think about GPS vehicle tracking. Real-time trackers provide live locational information, driver speed alerts, vehicle idling data and more. Although the hardware cost is about a third more than data logging tracking systems and the devices require a monthly service fee, live tracking systems provide the most detailed and immediate locational and monitoring information.

Gas prices have been steadily moving up for decades and that trend is not likely to change anytime in the near future. Especially, now that countries such as China are becoming more prominent on the world stage, consuming more and more energy resources. Although the electric car revolution does not appear to be coming anytime soon, businesses can at least utilize GPS trackers to maintain more oversight of employee and mobile asset activity.