Even companies with just a few vehicles on the road can gain from using telematics, says Billy Blasingame, owner of Blasingame Pest Management in Locust Grove, Ga. He has four trucks equipped with GPS tracking, which helps him improve routing efficiency. And when an emergency or new-customer call comes in, he can reroute the closest technician, providing faster service.
“You could argue that GPS is more critical because we don’t have the room for margins of error like you do if you’ve got bunches of folks out there servicing accounts,” he says.
The technology reduces liability, regardless of company fleet size, which is why more companies are using it, says Tracy Rice, Rice Pest Control. “The ones that aren’t probably are looking for trouble at some point,” he says.