How To Choose Vehicle Trackers - Top Ten Tips

Investment in vehicle trackers not only makes people feel more relaxed about the security of their vehicle(s), but can also be of huge financial benefit.

There are many vehicle tracking devices on the market today. The technology used in the trackers is the same as in most satellite navigation systems - GPS. Navigation is sometimes one of the features of comprehensive vehicle tracking systems, but may not be provided by all manufacturers. The technology allows the position of the vehicle(s) to be very accurately calculated and mapped. In the event of an accident, some vehicle trackers will alert the owner and/or emergency services.

Vehicle tracking systems are available for large fleets of vehicles or single vehicles. Small businesses can benefit from the technology just as much as larger companies. Whichever the case, it is important to know what to look for when choosing a vehicle tracking solution. Here is a selection of the top ten:

1. Speed Limit Monitor - Some trackers will provide information about the speed of the vehicle to the owner. This means that if a driver is driving at a speed in excess of the speed limit, the owner/user of the monitoring software will know and can take the appropriate action. In this way, businesses can extend the life of their vehicles and avoid expensive speeding fines and potential damage to their image.

2. Voice instructions- This is a feature which allows the person monitoring the vehicle to contact the driver directly through the tracking device and instruct her/him on where to go etc. This may come as part of a comprehensive tracking solution or may be an add-on - in any case, it is safer than your driver using her/his phone!

3. Price- Cheap and cheerful can be good, but you need to balance value for money and functionality. Many more expensive solutions offer significantly more for their price.

4. Real Time Tracking- Most vehicle tracker providers give the option to view the position of the vehicle(s) on a map using included purpose made software, which provides a visual interface. Users can potentially locate any vehicle on the system in seconds.

5. Lifetime Maps - It is important to make sure that your mapping software is up to date - updates and support usually require some kind of paid subscription, but it could well be worth the cost to avoid misdirecting/losing track of your vehicle(s).

6. Lane Assistance -This is an emulation of a feature of some satellite navigation systems which involves the driver being alerted to the best lane to use on her/his journey.

7. Text-to-speech - This feature reads the name of the road along which you are driving, which allows you to avoid confusion about your whereabouts.

8. Bluetooth - This is often the means by which tracking sytems facilitate their voice instruction feature (if they have it). It is essentially a hands-free solution. It can also be used to link the system to the audio system of the vehicle to avoid expensive installation which involves the installation of wires.

9. 3D Cities - This allows the person monitoring the whereabouts of the vehicle(s) to visualise the landscape and allows for more accurate map scaling.

10. Walking Mode - Also referred to as pedestrian mode, this can be useful if your employees work in dangerous environments as it allows you to accurately track their location. There is usually a removable unit, which is pocket-sized and can be taken anywhere the individual goes.

By taking into account these 10 tips, you should be able to find the right vehicle tracker for your business.