The Benefits of Choosing Engine Diagnostics Rather Than GPS Tracking Alone

We at GPS to Go are confident in saying it would be a challenge to find a fleet manager who doesn’t want to know where their vehicles are to ensure the business is being run as efficiently as possible. For instance, if a fleet vehicle breaks down on a roadside, a fleet manager will absolutely want to know the exact location of their vehicle to get a service vehicle there as soon as possible to limit the impact on business. What if we told you that rather than just being able to quickly locate a broken down vehicle’s location, you could actually predict and often prevent mechanical issues which could leave a vehicle out of service? That is the power of engine diagnostics and a large factor in why so many companies choose the Geotab telematics solution. So what can engine diagnostics tell you about your fleet vehicles?

While a non-diagnostic GPS tracking device will tell you the basic GPS location, speed and acceleration of a vehicle and allow for geofence monitoring, an on-board diagnostic (OBD) connected telematics device such as the one offered by Geotab, will give a much wider range of data from the vehicle and engine including the following (if supported by vehicle):

– Actual odometer reading from the engine
– Actual engine hours reading from the engine
– Whether the check engine light is on
– Fault code data for engine faults
– RPM
– Fuel level
– Total fuel used and total fuel used when idling
– Seat belt use
– Coolant temperature
– Ignition detect
– True idling

Having access to this valuable information about your vehicles not only gives peace of mind, but it also allows you to reduce fleet fuel costs by tracking fuel use and finding efficiencies to reduce idling time and unnecessary driving, and gives you the information needed to often detect and respond to any vehicle or driver issues early, before they lead to costly downtime or potential safety issues.

If you’d like to discuss how GPS to Go and the telematics solution from Geotab can help your fleet, contact us today or complete our quote request form and get started with our trial offer!