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January 21, 2015

Using vehicle diagnostics

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Your clients will want to use their GPS tracking system to improve their fleet's performance and to reduce wasted time and money. The mapping and routing features help get drivers from stop to stop faster and more efficiently. This can lower costs by helping to reduce overtime. Your client's customers will also appreciate drivers showing up on time and within a smaller scheduling window.

However, modern GPS tracking is about a lot more than vehicle location and driving directions. The advanced vehicle diagnostic reporting features help fleet managers manage and lower their maintenance expenses by reporting on things like tire pressure, gas mileage, engine diagnostics, and more. Vehicle diagnostics also track things related to driver behavior. It can note things like excessive hard breaking, jack-rabbit starts, and idling, all of which increase the wear and tear on a vehicle. When managers can be alerted to these poor driving habits, they can work with their drivers to treat the company vehicles more responsibly.

Devices that plug into the OBD-II port can gather and provide visibility into the performance of a vehicle's engine. This lets fleet managers spot and resolve issues early, before the vehicle breaks down. This can have a high opportunity cost in addition to the cost of repairs, since the vehicle will be out of service. Using this data to schedule preventative maintenance more effectively can lower recurring maintenance expenses as well as prolong the useful life-span of the vehicle.

Depending on the hardware, it can be possible to use the data from the OBD-II port to do remote diagnostics. Instead of having the driver bring the vehicle in for maintenance as soon as the Check Engine light turns on, that signal can be interpreted remotely and the fleet manager can then determine if the vehicle should be brought back immediately, or, if the issue is not dangerous to the driver or vehicle, the driver can finish out the work day.

Using vehicle diagnostics data will not eliminate maintenance costs, but it will lower those costs and make them more predictable. Instead of waiting for vehicles to break down, preventative maintenance and preemptive repairs can be done so that your clients' customers will not have any interruption in service.

Viewing comprehensive diagnostics reports can be somewhat overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. Therefore, you should be able to help your clients pick out the most valuable data points from these reports so they can take advantage of the information. One of the most valuable services you can provide your clients is to help them discover what vehicle diagnostic data will be most relevant and helpful for them.

The best fleet tracking systems provide a lot of data as well as tools to interpret it. Easily readable reports and dashboards will make it possible for your clients to sort through the mountains of data and pick out the information they will be able to act upon. The right information can help managers make decisions that keep their drivers safe, reduce their costs, and help their vehicles stay in use longer. By helping your clients interpret this information, they will be able to lower their maintenance costs and will be far more likely to recommend your services.

If you're thinking about starting a GPS tracking business or if you are looking for a new technology partner to help grow your business, sign up to receive a free demo today. During the demo you'll learn more about vehicle diagnostic reporting, as well as as about how Postion Logic's GPS tracking platform can help you start and grow your business.