Sep 07, 2022

Benefits of Van Trackers

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If your business uses vans for work, you may be wondering whether installing vehicle trackers on your vans is really worth it. That’s why in this guide, we’re going to be explaining the benefits of van trackers for your business to help you decide if they’re right for you.

The Key Features of Van Trackers

To begin with, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fleetsmart’s van tracking devices:

- Real Time GPS Tracking with Google Maps Integration
- Detailed Vehicle Reports
- Journey Replay
- Geo-Fence Alerts
- Driver Behaviour Analysis
- Email and SMS Reports

The Advantages of Van Trackers for Your Business

Cut Van Fuel Costs

One of the simplest ways to save money on van running costs is to put an end to unnecessary fuel consumption by monitoring your drivers’ activity through vehicle tracking.

Fleetsmart’s real-time vehicle reports and journey replay tools can give you the full picture of a vehicle’s entire journey, both live and after the journey has been completed to provide accurate location information and detailed data about the vehicle’s speed, braking, acceleration, idling and stops.

This allows you to see where- and when- their driving style was less than optimal, making it incredibly valuable information to have as poor driving techniques can result in higher fuel consumption and therefore higher fuel costs.

In fact, according to, every minute spent idle burns between 1.077 to 2.13 ounces of fuel, adding up to around half a gallon to a gallon of fuel every hour. This is why keeping idling to a minimum is absolutely essential if you’re looking to reduce your van’s fuel costs.

Similarly, drivers that accelerate and brake harshly and rapidly use more fuel than those who drive more smoothly.

With all of the data received, and alerts that notify you of poor driving techniques, you can take action to communicate with drivers where improvements need to be made with more efficient driving styles.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, through higher productivity and increased vehicle utilisation, operating costs can fall by 10% every year and fuel use by 15%.

Reduce the Risk of Accidents

Vehicle tracking often acts as a deterrent to drivers who may be inclined to speed and therefore reduces the risk of accidents by making drivers more responsible.

Journey replay can be used to identify when drivers aren't driving safely which can then lead to the required disciplinary measures or extra training to reduce the risk of accidents.

Prevent Van Theft

Research by Farsight revealed that a vehicle is stolen every 9 minutes in the UK and 50% of tradespeople have been a victim of van crime on more than one occasion. Thankfully, a van tracker acts as a great theft prevention tool.

GPS Tracked stickers on the vehicle often deters many thieves from attempting to steal the van as thieves know they’re much more likely to be caught.

We also offer remote immobilisation as an optional add-on, allowing you to ensure your vehicle won’t start when the ignition is turned on by the wrong person. Even if a daring thief takes their chances, geo-fence alerts can notify you if a vehicle exits or enters a location it shouldn’t.

This can be handy for making sure your vans aren’t being stolen from your warehouse. If a thief does manage to take a vehicle, with such accurate GPS tracking software, you should be able to track them down in a matter of seconds and alert the police of the location.

Insurance Benefits

Did you know that some insurance companies will lower your premium if your vans have vehicle trackers fitted? This is because they know that with accurate van trackers, your business vans are at less risk of being stolen and that drivers typically drive more safely when they know one is fitted.

Optimised Vehicle Utilisation

With Fleetsmart’s advanced van tracking devices, you can get the full picture of your vans, helping you to know their drivers, whereabouts and activity at any given moment.

This means you can optimise vehicle utilisation by being able to assign jobs to the drivers that are closest and reduce unnecessary fuel consumption.

Global Van Tracking with Fleetsmart

For more information on our van tracking software, get in touch with our team at Fleetsmart by calling us on 01942 932442 or book a demo here.