Managing your own plumbing company can be very fulfilling, especially if you prefer a more flexible lifestyle and independence, however, no successful business comes without stress, problems, long hours and hard work. In order for your plumbing business to be more successful, your service should be high quality and reliable, meaning organisation and time management are key.
If you’re interested in enhancing the productivity and efficiency of your van, then Fleetsmart GPS van trackers are an affordable solution. Installing GPS trackers lets you keep track of your van or an entire fleet of vans (if you employ other plumbers), not only allowing you to monitor driving habits; but also allowing you to improve efficiency and serve more customers.
GPS fleet trackers have helped numerous companies to drive profitability through improved efficiency. Fleetsmart offers detailed reports to understand the complete picture of a vehicle's activities such as speeding, idling, stopping and starting and real-time location updates. 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%.
With the information received about either your or your drivers’ driving behavior and habits, you can take the initiative to either improve your driving style or give your drivers extra training, where needed, to reduce instances such as harsh braking, setting off too quickly and speeding, all of which make your vehicles less fuel efficient.
A study from Direct Line revealed that 55% of plumbers have had their tools stolen, with 73% having admitted to leaving their tools in their van overnight and according to Boiler Guide, a van is broken into every 23 minutes in the UK. With over 50% of tradespeople having been a victim of van crime on more than once, it is clear that there need to be measures put in place to prevent break-ins and tool theft.
Unfortunately, for the great majority of plumbers, their tools are necessary for them to do their job and can be incredibly expensive to replace, with the average value of each theft standing at £1,692.
Jonny McHugh, SME business manager at Direct Line, said:
“Tool theft is an ongoing problem for tradespeople up and down the country – with a majority of roofers, electricians, plumbers and carpenters having had their tools stolen. With so many leaving their equipment in their vans at the end of a busy day, overnight theft from vehicles is a particular threat.”
Direct Line’s research revealed that over £83 million in tools have been stolen across England and Wales in the last 3 years, equating to an average of £83,500 of equipment going missing every day. Sadly, only 3% of stolen tools are returned to their owners after being reported to police, meaning the trades sector is losing out on £80 million worth of tools every year..
Not only do thieves take tools, they commonly take the van too. Anti-theft devices such as GPS trackers act as effective deterrents, but even if a particularly bold thief decides to take the chance, you can track them down using real-time GPS updates and set geo-fence alerts that notify you when your van enters or exits a location when it shouldn’t. 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.
With a Fleetsmart tracker on your van, you can relax knowing no thief will be able to outsmart our technology, which means you are always able to locate your van. Not only does this protect you from losing your tools or vehicle, but most insurance companies are willing to offer you a discount if you have a vehicle tracker fitted.
If you’re interested in enhancing the security and safety of your van, then GPS van trackers are an affordable solution. Installing GPS trackers not only allows you to monitor driving habits; it also allows you to improve efficiency and serve a greater number of customers. GPS fleet trackers have helped countless companies drive profitability through improved efficiency.
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