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Every fleet manager dreads having a vehicle down for any amount of time as it quickly takes a toll on productivity and profits. Whether a vehicle is out of gas, has a flat tire or a dead battery, the goal of every fleet manager is to have the situation dealt with as soon as possible to get that vehicle back on the road to keep business going without too severe of a disruption. Businesses have many options for roadside services to help deal with vehicle breakdowns or other situations when vehicles are out on the roads, but we’d like to share why we believe you should strongly consider using Geotab’s Roadside Assistance.

 

Geotab Roadside (available in the U.S. and Canada) is a simple solution for dispatching roadside assistance to fleet vehicles experiencing a breakdown or another type of roadside issue. Powered by Rapitow, Geotab Roadside has a roadside assistance network of more than 45,000 service providers. When a roadside assistance request is sent, it is sent to the closest service provider ensuring a fast response. Services are provided 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Using Geotab Roadside allows you to track the service time on the app with accurate GPS data, and watch the service vehicle drive to your location. This gives the driver assurance on how soon someone will be there and also allows your fleet dispatchers to update customers or receiving areas that the driver will be late, if needed.

Fleets often pay too much for roadside assistance programs, only receiving a slight discount from what a consumer would pay for services. Geotab Roadside, on the other hands, is offered free of charge for Light-Duty vehicles located in the U.S. and Canada, with a fleet-wide* subscription to the Geotab ProPlus plan.

The following services are complimentary for Light-Duty vehicles:

  • Towing for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers)
  • Flat tire change
  • Battery boost
  • Fuel delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service

(*Standard rates apply for servicing Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty vehicles, and for Light-Duty vehicle services exceeding the complimentary services listed)

For more information, or to get started with Geotab Roadside to help you minimize the downtime of your fleet, contact us today.

As the December deadline for the ELD mandate approaches in the U.S., we thought it was important to debunk some popular myths about vehicle tracking to help ease the transition and put minds at ease for those who may be confused or worried.

Myth #1 – Telematics Is Too Expensive

One of the largest concerns many have about the new ELD mandate is the cost associated with the implementation. Firstly, a telematics device should be seen as an investment for your business rather than expense as, if used correctly, it can give you a great return on your investment. Secondly, the cost for implementation depends on a wide variety of factors such as fleet size and device and package selected. These factors can result in a larger fleet, or fleet requiring higher packages to pay more while smaller fleets or companies needing the basic functions to be compliant having an extremely affordable telematics solution for their business.

When looking for a telematics solution, be sure to compare vendors, hardware, software, and any installation costs that may apply. GPS to GO is proud to offer simple plug-and-play Geotab devices allowing you to avoid installation costs. With our videos to show how simple installation is for a variety of vehicles, and amazing customer support, you can have your device up and running and tracking your vehicles within minutes of unboxing!

Myth #2 – Telematics Means Big Brother Is Watching

Vehicle telematics often gets mixed up with GPS tracking devices and systems which usually require an app to be downloaded to a driver’s phone. That type of system means a driver’s cell phone is being tracked rather than a vehicle being tracked. With vehicle telematics on the other hand, there are tiers of the technology depending on the need of the business so only what needs to be tracked, is. This can range from a simple GPS tracker that will tell you the location of the vehicle, all the way to a robust system that allows fleet managers and business owners to monitor a vehicle’s health, manage productivity, improve fuel efficiency, ensure compliance with government regulations, and keep drivers safe. For those still worried about being tracked through vehicle telematics, just remember, the vast majority of fleet managers aren’t interested in and don’t have time to watch each driver minute by minute and some companies actually use telematics data to score and reward safe and fuel efficient drivers.

Myth #3 – Drivers Will Lose Driving Time

A report mentioned in the FMCSA’s final rule on ELDs stated that the transition from paper driver logs to ELDs will help reduce the time spent complying with the Hours of Service regulations by 68.33 million hours per year across the nearly 4 million drivers in the U.S. required to comply with HOS and the administrative personnel dealing with these as well. This means the estimated annual recordkeeping cost savings from the proposed rule is about $705 per driver.

Myth #4 – My Company Is Too Small To Use Telematics

There is a common misconception that telematics are only required or beneficial for large companies. This is far from true and even companies with a single vehicle can benefit from a telematics device. As mentioned above under other myths, vehicle telematics systems can be very affordable for small fleets and allow you to monitor vehicle health, improve fuel efficiency, and keep drivers safe, which we’re sure every company can get behind.

Myth #5 – A Telematics Device Will Interfere With Vehicle Performance or Void The Warranty

In the U.S., the Moss Magnuson Warranty Act of 1975 prohibits manufacturers from voiding warranty due to aftermarket additions to a vehicle. As long as you have proof of a defect being attributed to the car manufacturer, then your warranty if valid and enforceable regardless of whether or not you attached an aftermarket part. As the Geotab devices have a plug and play design, there is no need to change the vehicle in any way mechanically. Although it is true that a device will draw energy from a vehicle’s battery, it is so low that it would take a typical car battery over two years to be depleted by the Geotab device. The Geotab device also goes into sleep mode when a vehicle is turned off and will only draw 2.5 mA of current, and is smart enough to turn itself off if a vehicle is left for months at a time without charging the battery.

Myth #6 – My Employees Operate in Remote Locations (Out of Range)

While this myth may have been true at one point in time, it is no longer the case thanks to the evolution of technology which now has solutions for people in remote areas of the world. Although cellular networks are the main form of communication the Geotab device uses, it also has the option of storing months and months’ worth of data on the device itself which will then upload once the vehicle comes back into an area of cellular reception. There is also the option of instead of using cell towers to transmit data, to use satellites which offer more reliable connections and services in remote areas.

If you have any questions about the Geotab device and any myths you may have heard about not mentioned in this list, contact us. To start experiencing the benefits of choosing GPS to GO for your vehicle telematics solution in the Geotab device, Request a Quote.

Do you know about the additional devices that can sync with your Geotab? We’re here to tell you how to make your fleet tracking even more efficient by exploring add-ins.

Once you have a Geotab device installed and working in your vehicle(s), you will realize how much easier it is making your fleet tracking! After your Geotab is running, it might be time to take your tracking one step further with video camera tracking.

Driver’s Camera is a great add-in that you can have work directly with your Geotab software. It has both front and in-cab facing cameras, and it is also a plug-and-play device similar to the Geotab. As an added bonus, it offers the camera with high resolution and with night vision effects.

What can this device help you do?

  • It can help record events by date as well as location
  • It can also tune into the cars audio through a microphone
  • The device can save video, audio, and photos straight to your desktop
  • Record opportunities for improvements with staff including driver’s fatigue, smoking, or cell phone use
  • Help protect your organization and driver in case of an accident with photos, video, and audio files

Check out more about the Driver’s Camera device and all the great features it offers here. Also, learn more about other add-ins that can be integrated with your Geotab device here.

GPS Tracking for your Fleet

Ready to get some more info on what makes Geotab the best in the business? Request a quote or book a demo today.

Or, take advantage of our $50 Geotab Fleet Tracking Trial Offer today.

Here’s how it works:

  • We send you the device(s) (plug and play)
  • You try them out on your vehicle or vehicles.
  • When you’re ready to buy, we credit $50 per device to your account.
  • If you’re not 100% convinced of its value, no worries – there’s no obligation, no contracts to sign, and you can cancel anytime.

You’ve got nothing to lose, so get your trial devices today, and take your business to the next level with Geotab GPS fleet tracking, provided by GPS to GO.

Happy Tracking,

Russ Salo, president

GPS to GO, Now You Know.

Everything in today’s business world is go-go-go. People are always on the move, and you need to make sure that you can keep track of your Geotab wherever you might be. That’s why the MyGeotab App was created.

Whether you are a business owner or the fleet manager the MyGeotab App gives you real-time insights at your fingertips.

Some of the Top Features include:

  • Advanced fleet and driver reporting
  • Customized rule creation for events, such as speeding or idling
  • Real-time GPS vehicle tracking on a map
  • Driver behavior management
  • Engine health and maintenance monitoring
  • Route optimization
  • Open platform, allowing for additional data integration and customization


The App is available for Andriod Smartphone and Tablet devices in the Google Play Store!

GPS Tracking for Large Fleets

Ready to get some more info on what makes Geotab the best in the business? Request a quote or book a demo today.

Or, take advantage of our $50 Geotab Fleet Tracking Trial Offer today.

Here’s how it works:

  • We send you the device(s) (plug and play)
  • You try them out on your vehicle or vehicles.
  • When you’re ready to buy, we credit $50 per device to your account.
  • If you’re not 100% convinced of its value, no worries – there’s no obligation, no contracts to sign, and you can cancel anytime.

You’ve got nothing to lose, so get your trial devices today, and take your business to the next level with Geotab GPS fleet tracking, provided by GPS to GO.

Happy Tracking,

Russ Salo, president

GPS to GO, Now You Know.

Did you know that you have access to FREE apps in the GeoTab Marketplace? There are hundreds of apps and add-on solutions designed to help you better understand your fleet and find ways to optimize spending and operations. You can learn more about the Geotab Marketplace here or start browsing some of the possibilities for themselves on the Marketplace.

The proper tools to manage your drivers and vehicles can help make a big difference on your bottom line, and that’s exactly what we’re here to help you do at GPS to GO.


With so many solutions out there to help your Fleet we thought we would help you narrow it down! Here are 5 Free Apps that you can download and use today to help your business:

1. Top 5 Speeding Violations – This App can help a fleet manager by running and emailing then a report on a daily, weekly or monthly basis! The report shows the top 5 drivers (or vehicles) with the highest number of speeding notifications within a pre-set time period. This can help you increase fleet safety and give you better driver knowledge.


2. Average Fuel Economy – This is a great App for Fleet Managers who want to decrease their fuel costs and can help lead to a more efficient and profitable business. This App gives you an easy to understand visualization of the average fuel economy in your fleet based on either L/100km, MPG US, MPG IMP, KML.


3. Last 3 Months Idling Trend – Interested in knowing how much your vehicles are being idled? This App can help you do just that with a report that gets emailed straight to you. Last 3 Months Idling Trend is designed to measure the total idling time over a 3 month period. This can be useful for Fleet Managers to view the total idle time, spot trends, and get a quick 3 month snapshot of their fleet.


4. Last 3 Months Mileage Trend – Similar to the Last 3 Months Idling Trend App, this App gives you the same time period snapshot of how many total miles were driven for a whole fleet. This App allows easy to spot trends and view the total mileage driven by a fleet over a 3 month period. Used together these Apps can help give Fleet Managers a quick summary of how their fleet is doing.


5. Top 5 Seatbelt Violations  – This App will display the 5 drivers (or vehicles) that drove without using their seatbelts within a specific time period. A Fleet Manager could run this report on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis as an email report or simply by viewing the dashboard. This can help give the Fleet Manager greater insight into their drivers and be used to increase fleet safety.

Get Rolling on Making Your Fleet Safer!

Get GPS tracking for your business to make your fleet safer, and improve your bottom line. Try Geotab Fleet Tracking from GPS to GO with our $50 trial offer. It’s easy: we send you the GPS devices to try out. There’s no obligation, and when you’re ready to purchase, we’ll credit the $50 to your account. Get rolling today!

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, now you know