Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Benefits of a Vehicle Tracking System

A vehicle tracking system consists of a device placed in a car, truck, boat, RV, ATV or other vehicle which works with tracking software or a tracking service to locate the vehicle if it should be lost or stolen. This is the most basic function of a vehicle tracking system. But there are many other benefits of installing a GPS tracking device in all of your family's vehicles.

Locating a stolen vehicle is the most obvious use of a vehicle tracking system. It could save enough time for police to be able to apprehend the thief before the vehicle is damaged. It is such a valuable tool in finding stolen vehicles that insurance companies offer discounts on auto insurance of 5 - 15% if a device is installed in a vehicle. For some families, it will also make sense to install a simple tracking device in every farm, construction or recreational vehicle also.
When installed in a car, a vehicle tracking system can also identify and alert you to erratic driving. This might mean a thief is trying to escape the area where the car was stolen. It might also mean something is medically wrong with the person driving the vehicle. The devices that include a camera installed on the dash board can even allow you to identify the driver.

A vehicle tracking system can be used to spy on a spouse or a teen aged driver. But there are other very positive advantages to installing a fairly sophisticated system in your cars. For example, if you think your teenager is spending too much time in the wrong places, you can track and document their activities. Placed in the vehicle of an aging parent, you could be alerted to the kind of driving that would indicate a medical emergency (such as heart attack or stroke) or would help you know that a parent with minor memory or other cognitive problems is safe.

Some vehicle tracking system equipment is also able to track driving habits. It might, for example, track and record driving speed, cornering speed, tailgating, too rapid acceleration after a stop, failure to come to a complete stop, and more. This information could be used to help a new driver become a safer and more fuel-efficient driver.

Periodic reviews of driving habits can be both informative and instructive for any driver, but especially for new drivers. It can help every family member cut fuel consumption, saving money and the environment at the same time. Some vehicle tracking system software can even be programmed to let you know when it is time for regular engine servicing or when the tires are affecting fuel economy because they are not inflated properly.

The GPS driving directions provided with your vehicle tracking system will also have benefits for your family. Each driver will be able to find the most fuel efficient, the fastest or the most direct route to each destination. You can eliminate the worry of a family member getting lost in the wrong neighborhood and being in danger. With some systems you can also use the GPS tracking to monitor the route and provide both an alert and a detour if there is an accident or other traffic slowdown ahead.

The geo-fencing option in many systems can be used in several ways. You can use it to "geo-fence" areas customarily traveled by your family so that you will receive an alert if the vehicle leaves the 'fenced' zone. Geo-fencing can also be used to protect aging parents or teen aged drivers.

There are clearly many ways to use the various features of a vehicle tracking system to protect your family and your property. You can also benefit through insurance rate reductions, fuel cost savings, and the knowledge that your family members are becoming safer drivers. Above all, knowing you are doing everything possible to protect your family and to be able to respond as quickly as possible if there is a problem, is the best reason to install a vehicle tracking system.