Have you checked the cost of congestion? If not, it’s time to check it and correct it

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Traffic congestion, a common problem that effects nearly everyone,whether it’s an individual car owner or a fleet manager. Whether you are riding on the highway, byway or within the cities, you are confronted with the problem. With the world gripped with the scarcity of fuel the logistics industry is paying heavily to run their fleets, traffic congestion is increasing their operation cost profusely. And, now this has become mandatory for the fleet managers to account for the reason of the delays due to congested roads on their time sheets. They have to make a budget for fuel wastage as trucks are idle when they get held up in traffic jams.

Evaluate Congestion Costs
So it becomes inevitable for fleet owners to figure out how much cost they are bearing just because of traffic congestion. And to determine the cost incurred, it becomes important to figure out the time spent in the delay. Apart from it, there are other variables like underutilisation of the driver capacity that will further contribute to the cost. And the impact does not stop there; it will delay the shipment and lead to customer dissatisfaction and affect their business and yours adversely. While assessing the cost of related traffic delays, it is equally important to consider these variables.

GPS Tracker – Device to eliminate congestion
It is imperative to avoid the cost of congestion , but the question is how this cost and other related variable costs can be eliminated, and the answer is with the use of vehicle tracking devices. A GPS tracking device allows the fleet manager to send routes to the drivers and with these directions the drivers are in a position to avert the congested roads. And not only this the fleet managers can suggest to them an alternative route to make the delivery as early as possible. The device allows the managers to save every drop of fuel along with idle labour, which in turn will increase the productivity of the business.

Plan the trip to enjoy the trip
The vehicle tracking device sends the right information at the right time to both traffic planners and the drivers also. Real time information about traffic on our roads helps drivers and planners to react instantly and plan their trip accordingly. The fleet managers are in a position to predict the traffic and avoid gridlocks and congestions on the roads. And if the alternative routes are not available the customers can be told the reason for the delay, and new delivery times can be communicated to them in advance. Furthermore you avert the traffic, the more you contribute to the world’s go green drive.
Considering the great capabilities of the vehicle tracking devices at the disposal of everyone, it makes sense not to use them for business or individual benefits. The fleet manager doesn’t let traffic congestion cause an increase in the cost of their operations, make smart decisions with the use of smart vehicle tracking devices. The device can increase the efficiency of the business and mitigate the cost of traffic congestion and other related variables.

Scott Hayden
Scott Hayden is the Director and of Trackmatic ™ vehicle tracking. He has over 10 years in the industry and works not only runs one of the most successful tracking companies in Europe but also is a consultant in Telematics. Scott lives in Wexford with his wife lynn and there 4 dogs. He is a keen cyclist and runner and is passionate about customer service and technology.

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