Knowing the exact location of their entire fleet is one of the primary responsibilities school transportation departments have. This data allows transportation directors to track their fleet, get visibility on driver’s behavior behind the wheel, answer parent’s queries, and respond to unexpected issues such as traffic jams, accidents, or closed roads.
Before Live GPS Tracking technology existed, they had to rely on radio technology to know their fleet’s exact location. But this was inaccurate and inefficient because transportation directors depended on one-on-one communication with each bus, which was time-consuming. Heck, if there is something transportation directors lack is time. Wearing multiple hats makes unnecessary ineffective activities painful. However, back in the day,
there was no option.
But in today’s world, it doesn’t have to be that way. Nowadays, we have the technology to solve every aspect of our daily lives. Not having a GPS tracking system is like using a paper map instead of Google Maps or sending a letter through the post office when you could shoot an email… I think you get the point. Technology brings many benefits that simplify what used to be time-consuming, repetitive, and challenging tasks. Technology has the power to make your life EASIER. So why not use it?
School districts without a GPS tracking system have a significantly harder time transporting children to and from school. Not having this type of technology notably decreases the school transportation department’s productivity. Neglecting to implement this solution to your operation is a disservice as you deprive your staff, parents, and students alike of useful
tools and services.
Here are six ways Live GPS tracking can simplify your life:
You will have your entire fleet’s location and details at your fingertips!
With a Live GPS, you get full visibility for your entire fleet on a single screen. Look for GPS tracking systems that update information every 5 seconds. That way, you’re working off accurate real-time data. This data is revolutionary because it will allow you to respond promptly to unexpected situations, thus helping you make better decisions. Farewell, the days of monitoring each bus separately. Make fleet management that
much easier and faster.
When it comes to transporting children from place to place, transportation departments will always have to deal with the parent’s queries. And it’s only natural for them to worry about their children. The problem is when transportation departments have to deal with multiple calls and requests simultaneously. Live bus tracking apps have proven to reduce communication with parents up to 80% by giving them the resources they need to independently spot their bus.
Want to take it one step further? Some apps even facilitate communication from the transportation department to app users (parents and students). For example, let’s say you wake up to a snowstorm, which in turn will shut down routes for the day. How much easier would it be if you could effortlessly push out a notification to parents and bus riders, which will end up in their cell phone with a simple click? Or what about students missing the bus because it arrived 5 minutes earlier in the morning? Proximity alerts allow app users to receive automatic notifications based on the reallocation of their school bus. These are just a few examples of how technology like this helps!
Stay on top of your team
Forget about trying to figure out where your drivers are and, more importantly, how they are behaving on the road. Studies have shown that when drivers are aware that Live GPS systems monitor them, they tend to drive safer (Automotive Digest). If any driver is overspeeding, off-route, or running late to their stops, you will get visual cues and alerts, putting you in a position to address the issue promptly. Rely on immediately/automatic notification to alert you when something needs your attention. That way, you get to focus on the task you have at hand entirely.
Boost Everyone’s Safety
When talking about pupil transportation, safety on the road is non-negotiable. Live tracking allows you to spot any divergences or abnormalities on the fly. But let’s imagine a grimmer situation where time is of the essence, like a bus having a severe traffic accident. Statics say that a couple of minutes may make the difference in life or death situations. How does Live GPS fit in here? The answer is integrations between panic buttons and bus GPS systems. This combination allows Transportations Directors to receive emergency distress signals with all the necessary information in seconds.
Stretch your Budget
With the help of a Live GPS System, you can even have a shift in the budget. Due to the increase in safety, some insurance companies give up to a 15% discount to businesses that use GPS Tracking Technology (Automotive Digest). You can also reduce the need for resources by identifying the excessive idling time and recognizing buses that need preventive maintenance. Vehicles that have preventative maintenance need less fuel and break down less often. (Fleet Complete). All of this enables you to save a pretty penny
in the long run.
Although multi-tasking is part of the job, it shouldn’t be a juggling act. The benefits explained above are just a few examples of how modern Live GPS tracking solutions can assist you. Reduce unnecessary tasks, stretch your budget, ensure everyone’s safety, and make the most out of your day.