smarketingSeptember 26, 2022
Let’s face it! While Mother Nature is incredibly generous in the way it provides, it can be unforgiving at times. This is especially true for fleets that are not well equipped with the data-oriented approach to inspection and replacement to reduce downtime. This is where using a GPS tracking device for effective fleet management becomes all the more necessary.
As the “cooling off" month (fall) starts rolling in, fleets that don’t take seasonal maintenance seriously can encounter a unique set of challenges. That’s why, it’s critical for fleet managers to ensure that no dead battery, for example, or faulty equipment has the potential to cause delays in effective operation.
With summer but a fading memory, and fall around the corner, it’s time to prepare vehicles for the upcoming winter months. Now that summer is gone, it's easy to overlook how heat took a toll on a vehicle’s performance. Engine overheating, issues in the sensors, & air conditioning system happen as a result of extreme humidity and heat in the environment.
Roads play a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of your fleet. Fall and winter tend to bring unique road challenges for fleet drivers, which can be overcome with an effective fall vehicle maintenance checklist.
It’s no secret that winter breezes can create an outright roadway challenge in the form of ice, and snow. As cooler temperatures start to settle in, rain showers and storms are about to come our way.
Due to a notable change in the weather, it becomes quite difficult to drive during winter. Not only do the dropping temperatures affect your vehicle’s health, but significant changes in road conditions also follow.
Extreme weather elements like snow and storms could result in flat tires, dying batteries (due to freezing temperatures during winter), and faulty heating systems.
Now the question is, “How do you ensure your fleet vehicles are prepared for driving in the upcoming season?" It’s as simple as servicing the essential parts of your vehicles ahead of time. Fleet vehicles that are not inspected and serviced on and ahead of time can lead to increased downtime and decreased fuel economy.
We have all heard myths about how we should maintain vehicles. Often, we don’t know for a fact if they are true or not. So, let’s debunk a few of those to start with.
Myth: There are lubricants and other additives in modern engine oil that help extend the oil’s lifetime. For vehicles that are 15-year-old or newer, it’s recommended to change oil at intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
Fact: Soot and other impurities are derived from the combustion process, which in turn, get absorbed by the engine oil, compromising the quality of the oil. The US Department of Energy suggests checking with the vehicle’s maintenance manual to determine the proper oil change frequency.
Fact: Brakes are the most essential safety tools on vehicles. Ensuring they’re in good working condition should be a priority for fleet managers. The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are two- or three-year. However, it depends on the vehicle’s make and model, so it’s best to follow the car’s maintenance schedule.
Myth: Tires should be replaced once the tread depth reaches 4/32" during winter months, and 2-32" during summertime.
Fact: While most manufacturers, these days, and certain regulations in most states suggest that drivers should wait until tread depth reaches the above-mentioned levels, it causes a potential safety hazard for the driver and the occupants inside.
Nothing is more effective than inspecting your vehicle’s battery before it’s too late. That way, you know that the cables and terminals are well-protected from harsh weather elements. Batteries tend to wear down over time, so, it makes sense to be proactive about replacing or repairing them.
Did you know that your vehicle’s mileage can be increased by 0.6% by keeping tires inflated to the optimal pressure? Without proper maintenance (like correct inflation pressure), tires are more likely to fail, causing drivers to lose traction on the toad. Worn tires can be dangerous, especially when the roads are wet. So, experts recommend measuring your tire’s pressure at least once a month. Also, before inflating the tires, it’s good to check the recommended tire pressure.
Before the temperatures start dropping, checking the heating system of your vehicle can make a world of difference. After sitting idle for months, the heating system of your vehicle may not function up to par. Without checking its efficiency before fall and winter, you are more likely to get stranded on the road.
Headlights are vehicles’ first line of defense, especially at night and in adverse weather conditions. With time, exposure to the elements can cause them to become damaged. Dirt and debris can accumulate on the surface, causing the lenses to grow unclear, and lessen the intensity of light coming out. That’s why it’s important to regularly check the headlights and make sure the glasses are crystal clear.
Besides taking measures to keep your fleet’s costs under check, creating a safer experience for your fleet drivers is important too. With automation taking the world by storm, fleet managers are now in a better position to deal with complex vehicle maintenance tasks with greater accuracy.
In this era that we live in, the advent of digital fleet tracking is not only vital in managing a fleet of vehicles but it also helps create and stick to a regular vehicle maintenance schedule.
With GPS tracking technology, now fleets can keep tabs on the vehicles, streamline vehicle maintenance, optimize productivity, and more. from keeping records, setting up alerts regarding vehicle health & maintenance, tracking driver habits & giving them the necessary training, and creating schedules to tracking records in real-time, there’s virtually no limit as to how much you can gain.
Want to know how Vyncs can help? Do reach out to us for further information!
smarketingSeptember 01, 2022
Today’s demanding business environment needs fleet managers to deal with the supply chain from a unique and cost-effective standpoint. At its core, the fleet manager’s job is to boost productivity, while decreasing operational costs. Managing transport logistics is a huge responsibility, and your decisions will always have an impact on your business’s bottom line.
Fleet vehicles are the backbone of the economy of a nation, supporting a diverse array of day-to-day functions. Fleet vehicle maintenance plays a crucial role in a successful operation of a business. Data suggests that operating costs in fleets had increased since 2018 after remaining flat for five years, largely because of higher fuel prices and vehicle maintenance costs (Automotive Fleet). Therefore, coming up with an updated plan by leveraging telematics technology (e.g. a GPS tracker for cars) to reduce costs has become more necessary than ever.
Powerful forces in the market continue to shape the commercial and transport industry. The economic upheaval following the COVID-19 crisis made it even more difficult for fleet managers to keep pace with the change. However, a crisis can pave the way for a host of opportunities to approach things differently and drive change.
This is where, fleet management technologies can play a vital role in reducing maintenance costs, and helping fleet managers to reduce downtime. After all, your business is unlikely to benefit when your fleet vehicles are down and off-the-road.
By 2024, approximately 83% of all new on- and off-road vehicles will have telematics embedded (PTOLEMUS Consulting Group). Forward-looking fleet managers that are keen to extend vehicle life and improve operations across their fleets are already realizing and reaping the potential benefits of telematics.
Fleet vehicle telematics is an emerging trend in the connected car ecosystem that enables managers to diagnose faults before they become critical. A more proactive way to manage vehicle maintenance relies on the insights collected from vehicles. The automotive industry is undergoing a digital transformation, allowing fleet managers to minimize vehicle downtime with data-driven maintenance and insights.
Vehicle preventative maintenance with the help of fleet telematics devices can mean a world of difference. Most fleet managers, if not all, consider fleet telematics solutions a way to track vehicle location. However, the concept behind telematics technology goes much beyond monitoring vehicle locations. It provides fleet managers with more information and control over their vehicles. In fact, telematics devices do a phenomenal job by providing a massive amount of vehicle performance data, including but not limited to:
Knowing what is going on with your vehicles in real-time means you can reduce downtime and get them back on the road faster when they break down. Ignoring a “check engine" warning light induced by a faulty oxygen sensor can worsen the performance of the catalytic converter, which is usually 6 times more expensive (Official Magazine of the Automotive Service Association) and can result in poor fuel economy.
Real-time GPS tracking devices with the help of telematics can provide you with insights related to faults with your vehicle ahead of time. Thus, you will be able to carry out proactive maintenance and prevent further breakdowns even before they take place. It has been estimated that businesses can save between 12% and 18% through preventative maintenance over reactive maintenance (Webinar Care).
Using a telematics-based fleet maintenance plan can mean that you are better able to avoid the risks of sudden breakdowns. The lifespan of fleet vehicles depends on the maintenance and repairs being done on or ahead of time. Leveraging real-time GPS tracking technology to handle fleet maintenance enables you to schedule maintenance, create predictive & preventative maintenance programs, and encourage annual maintenance.
With rapid technology advancements, there are more opportunities to integrate telematics with vehicle maintenance can deliver greater efficiency, more accurate performance, and reduced costs, among others. Would you like to know how Vyncs can help you work out a plan to ensure better management? Contact us today to learn more.
smarketingAugust 29, 2022
At the beginning of the year, gasoline prices were at record highs, largely due to increased demand as the pandemic receded. However, after months of incessant high prices at the pump, there has been a sigh of relief in recent weeks.
The national average for a regular gallon of gasoline dropped to $3.95, according to data released on August 15, 2022, by the American Automobile Association.
While average gasoline prices have dropped below $4 per gallon in 9 states, it accounts for a significant monthly expense for many fleets and motorists in the USA. With global oil and gas prices being highly volatile, they are struggling to find ways to reduce costs and increase mileage.
In such a scenario, when fuel prices are extremely volatile, how to improve gas mileage and reduce costs? Since fuel is a major contributor to a fleet’s operational costs, it’s important for fleet managers to keep tabs on fuel consumption and take the right measures to make the most of it. Thus, they will be better able to keep operational costs down.
Since driving behavior plays an important role in reducing fuel consumption, it would make sense if you knew the key components of driving behavior in the first place. Learn about the factors influencing fuel use and costs.
Poor driving habits are not just detrimental to one’s safety, they can dig a hole in your pocket too. Even little changes in your driving and vehicle maintenance habits can help reduce costs. The introduction of vehicle tracking devices has made it easier for you to analyze the areas where changes are needed in terms of getting better mileage and reducing costs.
While fuel prices are volatile now, using GPS tracking technology is a sure-fire way to stretch your gas mileage and enjoy better fuel economy. Let’s delve into the tips provided by the American Automobile Association.
We cannot put enough stress on the importance of driving within the speed limit. On the highway, when speed increases over 50 mph, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy and gas mileage to drop off (AAA). Maintaining a steady speed throughout can help you save money on fuel. Make sure your fleet drivers are trained to abide by speed limits and understand the need to maintain reasonable speed both for safety and savings.
To ensure this, you may consider using real-time GPS tracking technology to keep track of aggressive driving habits including speeding, harsh braking, acceleration, tailgating, and more.
The US Department of Energy recommends against unnecessary idling as it can be a significant source of fuel waste, leaving residues on the engine that eventually damages its components, causing higher maintenance costs in the long run.
Vehicle manufacturers think that idling is unnecessary in modern vehicles. This is why they encourage eco-driving to increase fuel economy and reduce carbon footprints on the planet.
A significant boost in gas mileage comes from reducing weight in a vehicle. A lot of us don’t realize how harmful it is to accumulate stuff in the trunk of a vehicle. Not only does it hamper the vehicle’s aesthetics but also its efficiency. According to the data released by the US Department of Energy, de-cluttering 100 pounds can help improve a vehicle’s fuel economy by 2%.
Maintaining proper tire pressure, using the grade of motor oil recommended by the car’s manufacturer, changing air filters at regular intervals, and ensuring the engine is tuned properly - are crucial factors that contribute to a greater miles-per-gallon.
The harder the engine works, the more gas it consumes. Harsh braking makes the engine work harder, sucking up more gasoline in the process. While hard braking is required occasionally if a vehicle ahead stops abruptly, drivers that frequently demonstrate harsh braking behavior are at a greater risk of rear-end collisions.
Apart from hard braking increasing the likelihood of a traffic accident, excessive occurrences of it can cause brakes to overheat. This causes significant damage to the metal components or glazing brake pads.
Harsh braking on the highway or city roads can reduce fuel economy by 33%. GPS vehicle tracking technology gives you a comprehensive view of the driving styles of your drivers. Thus, fleet managers are in a better position to decide if their drivers need training. These systems help you monitor speed, idle times, harsh braking, fuel consumption, and more.
Managing a fleet efficiently is not an easy feat. It takes a village to ensure smooth operation, curtail unnecessary fuel costs, and maintain safety across the fleet. Fortunately, GPS tracking technology provides businesses with an opportunity to increase their fleet fuel efficiency and reduce costs.
As the US gasoline price continues to remain volatile, fleet managers need to respond to such uncertainty by leveraging the power of telematics and actionable intelligence. That also means promoting fuel-efficient practices that help owners keep operational costs in control.
Ensuring better fuel economy lies at the heart of what Vyncs does for you. Contact us today, if you are interested in learning more about how Vyncs can help with reducing overall fuel expenditures by identifying the contributing factors and helping you take measures accordingly.
smarketingJuly 27, 2022
Approximately 1.6% of total fatalities in 2020 involve drowsy driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While drowsy driving is responsible for a substantial percentage of road traffic accidents in the US, it had not received as much attention as driving under the influence or drunk driving until recently. As a result, highway safety professionals are taking a comprehensive strategic approach to put an end to deaths caused due to drowsy driving.
While it may sound not-so-serious, the ramifications of this risky behavior should not be overlooked. Drowsy driving is a practice demonstrated mostly by drivers when they feel fatigued and find it difficult to stay alert at the wheel.
Fatigue is a state where mental alertness is compromised, and it arises from lack of adequate sleep. It involves cognitive impairment that indicates the time right before sleep occurs. Fatigue leads drivers to have less awareness of road hazards, slowing down the reaction times, and increasing the likelihood of a crash.
Driving while feeling sleepy, drowsy, or tired is a disturbingly common safety concern on US roadways. The phenomenon can be as deadly as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), with even milder and shorter-term sleep deprivation that can lead to driving impairment. Recent studies suggest that getting less than 5 hours of sleep causes the same level of impairment as drunk driving.
Sleepiness (also known as drowsiness) is defined as the need to fall asleep, which is essentially the result of circadian rhythms, inherent in the human body. It consists of 24 hours biological patterns impacting a person’s fatigue level.
Research has confirmed the fact that neurobiologically based sleepiness leads to human error in various settings. Driving is no exception. When drivers are drowsy, sleepy, or fatigued, they tend to respond slower than usual and find it more difficult to concentrate on the surroundings. Fatigue is the result of prolonged wakefulness, variations in circadian rhythms, accumulated lack of sleep, sleep disorder, among others.
While sleepiness is an inevitable biological phenomenon, falling asleep at the wheel can have serious consequences. They might include but are not limited to impaired cognition & performance, fatal accidents & crashes, slower reaction times, erratic speed control, sloppy steering, and more.
An estimation of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that around 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur every year. Apart from causing crashes, drowsy driving can take a significant toll on the nation’s economy. According to NHTSA, drowsy driving-related crashes that result in death or injury tend to cost $109 billion annually.
Young drivers, especially males are more likely to fall asleep while driving due to their lifestyle or behavioral choices. This may include staying up late, working long hours, or consuming alcohol.
Those with untreated sleep disorders do not get enough sleep at night, which causes them to stay tired during the day.
Drivers that do not get adequate sleep at night and drive in the early morning hours are more likely to be at greater risk than drivers who slept well the night before.
Drivers working in the night or rotational shifts have a hard time sleeping.
Business travelers that cross many time zones during a flight suffer from a lack of sleep. They tend to stay less alert while driving, increasing the chance of a major crash.
A study conducted by the Gyeonggi Research Institute (GRI) found that individual conditions such as sleep time are not the sole contributors to falling asleep at the wheel. Working hours seem to have a profound impact on drowsy driving. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests being aware of the following warning signs to reduce potential risks:
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 83.6 million people get less than 7 hours of sleep every day. This leads to a shocking number of deaths (approximately 5,000) in drowsy driving-related crashes every year.
The modern values and views have caused our society to be a victim of a deadly problem: drowsy driving. Unfortunately, it is the most overlooked phenomenon, with more and more drivers driving without realizing the influence of sleep deprivation. Due to a combination of factors including but not limited to a lack of education and awareness, people are either unaware or downplay its impact on one’s ability to drive.
The most effective step in changing drowsy driving behavior is making sure drivers understand the risks, and countermeasures so they can make an informed decision about their behavior. Fatigue management programs, if implemented successfully by workplace managers can drive success in the long run.
Today’s vehicles are designed to rely on significant computer processing capacity and digital sensors. The computer systems not only assist with the comfort and entertainment of the occupants but are also increasingly used to enable vehicles to carry out certain driving tasks without human intervention.
As technology advances with time, new vehicle functions are constantly developed by manufacturers that can collect a substantial amount of real-time data, and perform complex algorithms. An increasing number of driver-state monitoring systems are gaining momentum. These systems are successful in detecting impaired attention while driving (including drowsiness).
Reducing the odds of a crash requires a powerful combination of intelligence, automation, and connected data. That’s where Vyncs comes into the picture. After analyzing vehicle sensor data, Vyncs, a real-time GPS tracking device can provide actionable intelligence, which can further help drivers to be safer and more efficient on the roads.
For example, the Vyncs device has a 3-axes accelerometer, which can detect acceleration and decelerations along 3 axes. This allows one to detect unusual driving behavior. The Vyncs system also scores the drivers based on their quality of driving. That helps a parent or a fleet manager to identify emerging problems in driving behavior before those become the reason behind an accident.
By letting you monitor your drivers’ driving behavior, Vyncs empowers you to take action to prevent driving without falling asleep behind the wheel. Also, by reviewing driver safety reports generated by Vyncs, you can keep tabs on changes (if any) in their driving performance - and be proactive about it.
So, take your first step towards eliminating the risks of drowsy driving with Vyncs!
smarketingJuly 21, 2022
Preparing for taking trips this summer? Make sure your car is secure at all times. The average number of auto thefts a day was 2,207 during the summer of 2019 (NICB). After years of decline, auto thefts appear to be surging in metropolitan areas all over the country.
In fact, summer-time is the peak of vehicle theft in any given year. While the reason behind this is unclear, it might be due to the greater number of vacations and road trips being taken place mostly in the summer.
An unfortunate byproduct of Covid-19 was a surge in vehicle thefts since many vehicles were left parked as a result of shutdowns to help curtail the spread of the virus. During that time, people were forced to leave their vehicles unattended for longer than usual, enabling burglars to pick their targets easily. With 29,162 thefts reported in 2020 alone in Colorado, vehicle thefts rose to its peak due to the pandemic.
The make and models of vehicles frequently stolen by thieves vary by a plethora of factors including ease of theft, region, the presence of security systems, scrap metal & spare parts prices, among other. As key-less entry technology has taken its roots across the globe, criminals have been indulging in purchasing equipment online that can reprogram keys without a hassle. They are increasingly taking advantage of car owners that leave key fobs in their cars.
Statistics show that such thefts (also known as freebie thefts) occur every six and a half minutes in the US. The number has grown by 22% since 2014 (National Insurance Crime Bureau). According to NICB, the following vehicles are the most frequently stolen vehicles in the USA:
Vehicle theft has spiked with the increased adoption of key-less start technology. This made it easier for thieves to steal vehicles when people leave their key fobs inside, whether intentionally or unintentionally. The NICB notes that more and more people are leaving key fobs in their vehicles, allowing thieves to easily enter the vehicle and drive it off.
The pandemic resulted in an increase in unemployment, leaving many Americans with more time to sit idle. It has been estimated that jobless young people are more prone to committing this multi-billion-dollar crime. The pandemic also led thieves to steal catalytic converters at an alarming rate due to a surge in the price of rare metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium. In 2018, 108 average monthly catalytic converter thefts, and 1,203 average monthly thefts were reported in 2020 (NICB).
Auto theft is on the rise in the USA. Having said that preventing your car from getting stolen is a must. Experts at the National Insurance Crime Bureau believe that the following precautionary measures will help people protect their vehicles.
Warning devices are deterrents to thieves, discouraging them to steal vehicles in the first place. Audible car alarms, flashing lights, and theft-deterrent decals are designed to provide you with added protection against getting your vehicle stolen.
This era that we live in is marked by the use of technology in every facet of our lives. Real-time GPS tracking technology is one such innovation that you can leverage when it comes to protecting your vehicles from theft.
Imagine your car being stolen and you getting it back by monitoring its real-time location through an OBD tracker like Vyncs. What is interesting about using Vyncs as your vehicle theft prevention system?
You get to hide your GPS tracker using an OBD-II Y cable (splitter cable). All you need to do is to connect the Y cable’s open OBD-II port end to the OBD-II port of your vehicle and connect the tracker to the female end of the Y cable. Once you are done, conceal it behind the dash.
The best part of using the OBD-II Y cable (instead of a regular extension cable), you can make it look like there is no device whatsoever. This is a smart way to trick thieves into believing that the port is empty and there is no GPS tracker.
The use of steering wheel locks used to be prevalent in the 80s. However, today, more and more people are using them as they work just as great as they used to. Upon installation, it is impossible to turn the steering wheel, making the vehicle un-drivable.
Etching your Vehicle Identification Number into the windows or other vehicle parts reduces the resale value of parts. Also, having a visible VIN can make your vehicle less appealing to criminals as they will need to take extra steps to get the car ready for resale.
With an increasing number of motor vehicle theft incidents being reported, anyone could fall prey to it. If you are a victim of it, do not hesitate to:
Your vehicle is perhaps the most valuable asset of your life. Therefore, it makes sense that you do everything to help protect it. So, it makes sense that you use the Vyncs bumper sticker on your vehicle advertising the tracking device. This acts as an obstacle in their way as they barely want to deal with the risk of stealing a car that the police can easily track.
Apart from taking the above-mentioned measures to prevent auto theft, make sure you check with your insurance agent to determine whether your policy covers stolen vehicles.
kadminJuly 13, 2022
Summer is around the corner! For many Americans, it is the time for long road trips. However, with gasoline and diesel prices rising to levels not experienced in the United States before, the price of fuel has become a real financial concern for a growing number of Americans.
Whether or not fuel prices will stabilize in the near future, there has been a renewed interest among consumers in improving vehicle fuel economy. More than 172 billion gallons of fuel has been consumed by US vehicles in 2009 (Federal Highway Administration of the US Department of Transportation). Studies suggests that on-road fuel economy greatly suffers due to changes in driving style or vehicle maintenance.
While driving behavior is one of the most crucial factors influencing fuel use, its impact is often paid less attention to. Adopting ecological driving behavior can greatly reduce the amount of fuel used by vehicles. The variables used to demonstrate driving style include speed, acceleration, or deceleration, among others. The level of speed can affect fuel consumption, considering that each engine has an optimal range of speed value, at which it operates with optimal efficacy. Fuel consumption at a very low speed is higher due to increased heat loss, whereas at very high speeds; it increases further due to friction losses in the engine. On the other hand, fuel consumption is also higher when the vehicle is driven at a high speed.
Frequent deceleration may result in frequent acceleration. Thus, more fuel is used to increase kinetic energy and restore the vehicle’s speed. Moreover, during harsh acceleration, the engine operates at a higher speed, which again increases fuel consumption.
Idling is yet another contributing factor to fuel consumption. Motorists are, therefore, urged to switch off their vehicles’ engines if it is to remain stopped for more than half a minute. This is because the fuel required to start the engine is a lot less than that consumed if the engine was running.
Revolutions Per Minute (RPM): Driving in the highest gear at the lowest RPM can make a difference. The lower the RPM, the lower the fuel consumption is due to friction.
Steady speed: Fuel consumption is higher during acceleration. Hence, it is beneficial to avoid frequent braking and accelerating and maintain a steady speed throughout.
Weight and air resistance: Both tend to increase the load on the engine, leading to higher fuel consumption. As a starter, clear up your car by removing all the stuff sitting idle in the trunk.
Idling: Modern vehicles’ engines are more efficient, and can perform well without the need for idling. Data shows that a compact sedan car with 2 litre engine size consumes 0.16 gallons per hour of fuel at idle without using accessories like air conditioners (the US Department of Energy). Therefore, it is more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine than leave it running.
Tire pressure: Low tire pressure increases the vehicle’s rolling resistance, which further translates into increased fuel consumption. So, get air and keep the tires at the recommended tire pressure.
Braking: Slowing down the vehicle with the use of an engine brake or the neutral gear instead of the actual brakes is a great practice. This is because no fuel is consumed when the engine brake is used in modern vehicles.
Speeding: Fuel consumption tends to increase at higher speeds. Therefore, drivers should always drive at or below the speed limit.
Driver behavior is the most significant contributor to improving fuel economy of a vehicle. Speeding, idling, and inappropriate use of the accelerator & brake pedal - all contribute to inefficient fuel consumption. Improved fuel-efficient driving habits including not speeding, and not driving aggressively are among the most beneficial measures one can take to reduce costs.
Technologies such as a car GPS tracking device that help reduce fuel consumption and encourage responsible driving habits have massive potential. Today’s businesses and consumers increasingly rely on real-time vehicle tracking technology to keep track of the key fuel and safety performance variables. In fact, average fleet fuel economy improves up to 15% with the help of real-time vehicle tracking devices (the US Department of Energy).
Thanks to the Vyncs connected car tracking device, users can explore unique ways to improve driver performance and increase fuel economy by having access to a great variety of data. To ensure you get the most of your fuel, create an account on Vyncs today. Learn more about us here.
kadminJuly 07, 2022
A fleet’s overall performance is highly dependent on vehicle efficiency. Data shows that on-road vehicles account for roughly 60% of total US oil consumption and over a quarter of the country’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
According to the US Department of Energy, a conventional vehicle will suffer a 10% to 20% fuel economy loss in city driving compared to highway driving. For hybrids, fuel economy may decrease by 20% to 40% in city driving. Also, the United States Environmental Protection Agency identifies that a conventional truck (made between 1980 and 2001) consumes 0.80 gallons per hour of diesel fuel and emits 140 grams/hour of NOx and 8,200 grams/hour of CO2.
For fleet owners, vehicle costs and productivity are two key concerns. Top that with more frequent stops, increased idle times and fuel use, and additional miles driven, the challenges become harder to overcome.
Considering the hazardous road conditions on snow-covered highways during winter, safety is another crucial factor. This makes vehicle maintenance crucial as fleets take a beating during extreme weather conditions. In such a scenario, a GPS tracker for vehicles can come in handy. Not only do they help fleet owners track real-time vehicle data (such as location, miles driven, and more), but informed decisions can also be made based on the data, ensuring smooth operation across fleets.
Idling for prolonged periods causes large amounts of fuel to be wasted. Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have noted that if every vehicle in the USA idles for about 6 minutes every day, about 3 billion gallons of fuel are wasted annually (Argonne National Library). In fact, more than 10 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than starting up the engine.
There are different factors that may affect the idling fuel consumption rate including engine temperature, idling speed, ignition timing, and combustion efficiency, among others. The age of a vehicle may also have an impact on the idling fuel consumption rate.
Emissions from prolonged idling are an issue that needs a more systematic solution. Using an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to get access to electricity while not driving is another method to expel idling in diesel engines.
Idling behavior falls under two categories, including “idling for power", and “idling out of habit". Some drivers idle out of a belief that idling uses less fuel than stopping and restarting. Some believe that extra starts will wear out the battery soon.
Reducing such idling can surely lead to reduced fuel consumption and emissions reductions.
Many long-haul sleeper trucks idle overnight to provide “hotel load"—heating, cooling, and electricity for drivers taking their mandated rest periods. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory estimates that rest-period idling of long-haul sleeper trucks consumes up to 1 billion gallons of fuel annually at a cost of roughly $3 billion. The associated emissions consequences for CO2 are 10 million tons annually. Extended idling also occurs at loading docks and border crossings, where trucks must wait for prolonged periods in queues.
While drivers often leave their vehicles idling out of habit, the challenge is when fleet drivers idle because they need power while being stationary. In such scenarios, advising them against idling does not work. A real-time GPS tracking technology solution, therefore, is needed to keep track of idling patterns and come up with ways to reduce idling in a cost-effective way.
When you get a bird’s eye view of your fleet’s daily operation, you know how to reduce fuel costs (for example: by reducing excessive idling), increase productivity, and make the most of your business. So, if you are interested in increasing fleet visibility with the Vyncs connected car tracking device, get in touch with us today!
kadminMay 31, 2022
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), approximately 34.9 million people will hit the road on the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Considering the recent surge in gas prices, as we head into the holiday weekend, vehicle owners must be wondering, "How to save money on fuel?"
There is good news for you! In fact, the rising fuel cost should not keep you from preparing for the much-needed trip you have been planning for long. With the latest connected car tracker technology, you can enjoy more saving on fuel cost than you could imagine.
We understand that there is nothing like the feeling of hitting the road with a full tank of gas, an open road, and plenty of adventures that await you out there. While you cannot do much about surging gas prices, you can still pay less at the pump, and ensure your vehicle gets the best possible fuel economy. Wondering, "How is it possible?" Well, you can do a few little things to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for getting the optimal gas mileage. Also, a product like the Vyncs connected car tracking device can help you save a fortune on gas with its various tools to optimize fuel economy.
Vyncs comes with a tiny little 4G device that plugs into the OBD-II port of your vehicle. It transmits all sorts of vehicle performance (including fuel economy) data to your personal account over the wireless network, accessible from your Android/iOS and PC. So, if you are serious about reducing your fuel costs, Vyncs is there for you!
Well, for most people this is a no-brainer. However, let us quickly review this question and get it over with. First of all, there is no denying that the recent spike in gasoline prices can take a toll on your travel budget. With gas prices likely to stay on the higher side for the near future, motorists are urged to evaluate their personal driving habits in an effort to reduce overall fuel consumption.
By taking simple steps, one can ensure better fuel economy that may include but are not limited to:
With gas prices reaching an all-time high, everyone seems to look for better ways to gain the upper hand. The use of real-time GPS tracking technology has become mainstream --- a unique, cost-effective way of reducing costs.
Filling up at the right time and at the right place can save you money on gas. Your vehicle is more likely to offer you the best mileage possible when you fill up the tank at the right time with the right kind of fuel. This, in turn, translates into better mileage for the long run. With Vyncs, since you can easily find out the gas tank level and the kind of gas mileage you got from the gas you purchased from a gas station, you are always in a better place when it comes to improving the overall fuel economy.
Also, the smart fuel-saving feature of Vyncs helps you keep track of the amount of fuel left in the vehicle and how you can optimize your gas mileage. Once you plug in the Vyncs device to your car’s OBD-II port, it will start sending driver performance data to your account. All the gas guzzling events such as rapid acceleration, harsh braking, and speeding are identified and presented to you so that you can cut down on fuel cost if you wanted to. If you are running a business fleet this is a life saver and of course a cost saver for the operations. With price for everything going up, isn’t it great to have something that brings the cost down? Vyncs identifies and reports the factors contributing to increased fuel consumption. That means you have a scope to take immediate actions to solve the issue right away.
Saving on gas has never been easier. If you have a Vyncs device in your vehicle, you can find out nearby gas stations and compare their prices and previous performances. The device lets you keep tabs on the number of times you filled up your vehicle from different gas stations. That means you will be able to know which gas stations offer you the best deal possible.
The importance of vehicle maintenance cannot be overstated. One cannot overlook this important aspect. While it might be tempting to want to avoid your valuable time at the service stations for oil-changes and tune-ups, neglected engines are more likely to make you spend more on gas. Getting ahead-of-time vehicle maintenance alerts or recall notices on your smartphone means you never miss out on getting your car maintenance done right and on time. When you have Vyncs car GPS tracker, in your car, it helps you to address and fix vehicle issues before they get bigger.
Another important thing to note is that fuel economy is not a constant. It changes over time depending upon the condition of the vehicle and how you drive it, among other things. Consider Table 1 which compares the fuel economy values computed by averaging the gas mileage values from a sample set of vehicles with the corresponding EPA fuel economy data.
As you can see from the table, real-world fuel economy data may vary. For example, for the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, the EPA gas mileage is 22 MPG whereas the average gas mileage from the sample pool of vehicles reported here is 24.29 MPG. So, it is important to stay informed about the current gas mileage you are getting from your vehicle and that’s where Vyncs can help.
Whether you are concerned with saving money on gas or reducing your carbon footprint on the planet, reducing fuel consumption by using Vyncs is a win-win all round. The device helps you to keep track of the fuel level and recommends the best way to save fuel, hence reducing your total costs on gas. With built-in gas price & fuel level reporting, fuel purchase & cost tracking mechanisms, and effective fuel-saving tips, you will have the peace of mind and not spend a fortune on gas. Vyncs syncs your car with your life and makes it better. Learn more about Vyncs. Connect with us today!
badminDecember 23, 2020
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The current Coronavirus pandemic, the spread of COVID-19, has many businesses scrambling to understand how to protect their staff from illness and keep the doors open. When you own fleet vehicles where more than one person might be in the seats, and dozens of people might load or pack items that touch the truck or car, it’s important to sanitize your fleet vehicles to reduce the spread of the virus.
As a fleet owner, you have a lot of challenges already. You probably use a GPS tracker to make sure deliveries are made on time and maintain your vehicle engines meticulously. Now you have a new challenge: Keeping your drivers and staff safe from the novel Coronavirus.
In this blog, we’ll talk about the current understanding of how the virus is spread, the potential risks to your staff, how to sanitize your vehicles, and how you can make your own hand sanitizer.
How Coronavirus is spread
As information about Coronavirus continues to evolve, so does our understanding of the disease and how it’s transmitted.
“The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
· Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
· Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
“These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
-World Health Organization (accessed March 31, 2020)
Based on the current guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), the best guidance is to assume that the novel Coronavirus can be spread on surfaces for up to three days. This is especially true of hard, nonporous surfaces, like painted surfaces and plastics. It appears that the Coronavirus is not as viable on porous surfaces, like cardboard or cloth.
Employees at Risk in Fleet Vehicles
Employees are potentially at risk in fleet vehicles in several ways.
The first, and most concerning, is person-to-person. A team riding in the cab of a truck or in a car are in much closer contact than authorities advise. The danger can be mitigated by enforcing a policy that employees stay home if they aren’t feeling well. Paid leave for ill employees has become more common in this time of uncertainty.
Other interactions, such as for loading dock staff, can be mitigated with as much social distancing as the facility will allow, enforcing the “stay at home when ill” policy, and providing hand washing and sanitizing stations everywhere.
The second potential danger is the vehicle itself. The nonporous surfaces of a truck or car might keep the virus viable for days. Vehicles should be disinfected after every shift, even if it means a delay of a few minutes leaving for the next trip. Each vehicle should be provided with hand sanitizer, and employees should be advised to be very careful as they go about their duties. If employees will have frequent contact with surfaces, they should be provided with gloves.
How to Sanitize Vehicles
The key to sanitizing the inside of vehicles, and even the cargo space of trucks, is soap and water.
It might seem strange, but plain old soap kills the Coronavirus on our hands and on surfaces. There’s a complicated chemical process that involves soap’s ability to disrupt the exterior membrane of viruses, but science has shown that, even better than alcohol-based cleansers, simple soap can kill viruses. If you’d like a complete explanation of how soap works to kill Coronavirus (and a host of other scary viruses), the
New York Times article “Why Soap Works” does an excellent job.
To clean your vehicle, all you need is soap and water. Put a few drops of hand, dish, or laundry soap in water and wipe down the surfaces of the car or truck. Dry it all with a clean cloth.
If you have a stash of vehicle cleaners, like Armor All wipes, you can use those. They have a little bit of detergent in them. Don’t use anything that says “detergent free”; it won’t contain the soap that kills the virus.
If your vehicle has leather, you want to look for a product that cleans and conditions. Don’t use bleach or alcohol. There are many leather cleaners on the market. You’re looking for something that contains a small amount of detergent. Because whatever you use can’t be allowed to damage the leather, look at the packaging carefully. Test it in a hidden area before using it everywhere.
Don’t use solvents, like alcohol, acetone, kerosene, or bleach. They aren’t as effective as soap, and they’re much more likely to ruin the interior parts of the vehicle.
When using soap and water, remember to wash each surface for 20 seconds, just like you do for your hands.
For the trailers or backs of trucks, you can spray the inside with soapy water, leave it for a minute or two, then rinse with hot water. Let that surface dry naturally. That will keep the cargo area clean and safe.
How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
For most drivers that must get in and out of their vehicles, washing their hands every time is difficult. You’ll need hand sanitizer in the cabs of your fleet vehicles or front seats of your cars.
The store shelves have no hand sanitizer, but fortunately, it’s something you can make for yourself easily.
You’ll need four ingredients:
· Ethanol – This is just drinking alcohol. You’ll want grain alcohol, “Everclear,” “moonshine,” “white lightning,” or whatever 90% grain alcohol is called locally. Many liquor stores sell a form of alcohol that can be used for this purpose. Isopropyl alcohol (90%) will also work, but that has been in short supply in most of the world.
· Hydrogen peroxide – 3%, which standard for household use, will be great.
· Glycerol – Known in the US as glycerin, this is a jelly-like substance that will help the alcohol stay on the skin. Pure Aloe Vera gel that is often found in the skincare area of a store, will also work.
· Water – Sterile or boiled and cooled water will be perfect.
Alcohol: 833 ml (3.5 cups)
Hydrogen Peroxide: 417 ml (1 1/3 cups)
Glycerol: 145 ml (2/3 cup)
This will make about 3.5 liters or 1 gallon.
1. Pour in alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. The glycerol/glycerin is very thick and will stick to the sides of the container. Rinse it with the water. Top off the container with the water.
2. Divide this immediately into the final containers. While pump bottles are the norm, it’s still easy to find small squeeze bottles to put the hand sanitizer into.
This can be placed in each vehicle or handed out to your staff.
Whenever they touch anything, return to the vehicles, or switch vehicles, they should sanitize their hands.
For quick cleaning, any wipes that have a small amount of detergent on them will work. You’ll find this type of disposable wipe in the car care section of a store, or even some face wipes will work well.
Keep Your Fleet Clean
Unlike any other time in history, now is the time to keep the interiors of your vehicles spotlessly clean. The world is changing, and keeping your staff healthy is more vital than ever before.
Fleet management was tough enough already. A global pandemic isn’t making it any easier, but with some attention to detail and a little soap and water, everyone can be better protected from this very virulent, silent enemy.
kadminApril 07, 2020
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jguptaSeptember 26, 2019
Businesses which rely on transportation employ fleet management to control productivity, costs, fuel management, and consistency. As such, fleet management is composed of different tasks to keep vehicles and operations running smoothly and effectively. Fleet management practices involve the use of technology and software solutions to help in reducing costs, minimizing risk, enforcing driver safety, increasing productivity, and scheduling preventive maintenance to reduce downtime.
But how can fleet maintenance help extend equipment’s lifespan?
Benefiting from your vehicles means being cautious about precaution support. It is shown that proper maintenance – for instance, keeping tires at a correct weight and turning them routinely, will build their mileage.
In a Financial Times article from 2016, telematics was acclaimed as “a vital part of fleet management,” for any commercial/business fleet owners. Telematics track the various data points and utilizes the frameworks installed into vehicles to record the data grouped somewhere else. How this information is interpreted is the place where much of the variation in fleet management software is.
The benefits of fleet management are innumerable.
Many other reasons state why this is important. Fleet management is greatly enhanced with a GPS tracking system in place, with telematics, fuel management software, and gas tank monitoring providing an increase in productivity to all business owners. To be specific, efficient fleet management yields an increase in productivity, fuel savings, and improves customer service. Here, we will discuss five of them.
While fleet management programming is a huge instrument for assessing fleets, it's not held for larger fleets of vehicles. Regardless of whether you have five vehicles or five hundred, driving vehicles as a moving company, bringing produce or driving commuters, there is no drawback to progressive fleet management programming.Still considering if the investment you have to spend is equal to its benefits?Think again!
jguptaSeptember 10, 2019
The greatest advantage of a car tracker is that you can go on with your life while receiving all the information about your vehicle. Once successfully installed, a GPS tracker gives you real-time location and other information about your vehicle on your computer, phone, tablet or any other gadget irrespective of your distance from the vehicle. With the history tab, it enables you to review what route you took a week ago or precisely what spot you stopped at last night. It also reveals speed and zone alerts.
Devices such as Vyncs allows parents to monitor the speed and location of their children and can be tailored to notify them if the child goes to an 'off-limit' location or drives “off-limits” This technology makes sneaking out of the house a thing of the past. Vyncs not only helps in monitoring vital statistics but also real-time location updates. All the information can be accessed remotely and an alarm sounds if an issue occurs.
If you are a business owner, these car GPS trackers are also a great plus when managing your fleets. You can easily handle your fleet of cars and employees by tracking their GPS location or speed. In case of a breakdown or any other kind of emergency, you can pinpoint the exact location of that vehicle and even ensure that both the driver and the vehicle are back safely.
Car GPS trackers are a great way to minimize your spendings. It provides a great platform where you can easily fit your own custom speed limit and information that will, in turn, cut your expenses. Vehicles being part and parcel of our day to day lives require maintenance and service. These technologies can go in-depth even providing you with when to service the car and check on issues such as low battery and tire depth. Clearly, taking out separate time to keep a note of every single issue within your car is now a thing of the past.
jguptaJuly 25, 2019
“Where are they?”
“How far are they?”
“When will they be back?”
All these questions tend to make us worry even more, and while you’ll always be a little bit anxious, Vyncs Groups will definitely help ease your qualms. Introducing the all-new Vyncs Groups app for your Android or iOS phone. It’s your one-stop app for real-time location sharing with your loved ones without using any additional GPS device.
You must be wondering. What is Vyncs Groups? For starters, it’s an app made by the company Agnik LLC, the manufacturer of Vyncs GPS tracker for cars and fleets. It can be installed on your phone and provides real-time location updates.
About Vyncs Groups:
Now forget about a GPS device for tracking and monitoring your loved ones.
As we learned, Vyncs Groups is an app that provides real-time monitoring of your loved ones.
It’s quite easy to use for keeping an eye out for the people you love. Now no more waiting around. Just install and check in with them whenever you need to.
You will get instant updates on your phone and never lose track of your loved ones, friends and family members because, with the Vyncs Family Locator app, you can monitor them on the go.
It’s now easier than ever to stay connected with your friends and family and keep them safe.
How It Works:
Vyncs Groups lets you create a group and invite your loved ones with a custom group code that you can reset at any time. Send the code to anyone and once they enter the code into the Vyncs app on their phone, they’ll become a member as well! This custom code enables group members to locate each other, anytime anywhere. You are also able to turn location sharing on and off whenever you would like to, for any group.
There is also a feature in the Vyncs Groups app known as “On-Demand” which allows you to request a location update of any group member with a simple click of a button.
With 3G/4G technology and simple, easy-to-use design, the all-new Vyncs Groups feature on the Vyncs app makes it super easy to locate your loved ones.
Why Should You Install Vyncs Groups?:
One question that might be left in your head is, why do I even need to install this app? Well, the most basic answer is SAFETY.
Vyncs Groups helps us to stay connected with our loved ones without constantly bickering with them to know where they are..
In short, just don’t worry. Vyncs Groups has got your back and your loved ones’. Live life as it should be: in the moment.
INAdminOctober 12, 2018
GPS tracker have become an essential part of our lives and they can help you track almost everything. We use GPS enabled devices in our daily lives to track and locate many unknown places, but did you ever wonder how GPS trackers work? Well, let's find out.
In this article we will walk you through all the in-depth details about GPS tracker.
We are going to cover the following:
A GPS tracker is a device that makes use of a cluster of satellites in order to locate your position on the face of this earth. GPS trackers often provide latitude, longitude, altitude, and heading data for a given location. These days GPS trackers are widely used for many applications ranging from fleet monitoring to pet tracking.
GPS tracking and GPS navigation are somewhat different. If you thought navigation GPS and GPS tracking are two different terms with same meaning then this should clear your concept about both.
GPS navigation finds your location and helps you with the directions, while GPS tracking documents your GPS location so you can see where you have been. While the former tells you where to go, the latter tells you where you’ve already been. With a GPS tracking device, you can keep a trip log and this can perhaps help you with fuel costs and vehicle maintenance in the long run.
The GPS or Global Positioning System was initially created by the United States government in 1973 for the Department of Defence to serve military purposes.
It was in the 1980s when the technology was made available to the civilians by President Ronald Reagan. The quality of GPS was curtailed by the government in the 1990s so that to make it selectively available for the security and privacy reasons.
By 1995, the Global Positioning System was functioning sound, but by 2000, the GPS system was made globally accessible by President Bill Clinton. This improved the GPS globally for the civilians and commercial users, as they had access to the full capabilities of the GPS.
The Global Positioning System continued to advance and improve, with newer and better satellites being implemented and used for more accurate location tracking.
As the GPS is run by the United States government, there is still a possibility of GPS service being degraded again, or even denied. For this reason, other countries are developing their own location/navigational systems and working on improving accuracy. While Russia has Glonass, in China there's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, Galileo in EU, QZSS in Japan, IRNSS in India and so on.
Scientists and engineers from different countries are also working on improving GPS accuracy. One of the upgrades that are being worked on is using L5 frequency in GPS devices. With L5 frequencies, devices will have a significantly higher level of accuracy than before, with location precision within 30 centimeters, or less than a foot.
This update was aimed for public release in the year 2018, but at this point, it is still pre-operational and thus not widely used.
Vehicle GPS trackers: Features &Benefits
You’ll find GPS trackers commonly in most of the mobile devices nowadays, and this is one of the prime reasons why GPS tracking system has become quite popular. Few of the features & benefits that you get with your GPS-enabled electronic device is as follows.
Access trip history easily - GPS trackers collect and store your location data so that you can go back and look at the trips you made. In addition to collecting information about location, some GPS trackers also have the capability of measuring speed. GPS trackers which are data analytic-driven can provide additional information about your trips.
Easy Real - time tracking - Many GPS trackers provide real-time tracking, which means that the location is updated live. This allows you to use your tracker whenever you need.
Access to data on the server remotely - Not all the GPS trackers allow you to access the data remotely on a server, as some trackers store it in the internal memory of the device.
Although, most modern GPS trackers will have the data accessible from a server so it can be accessed remotely from anywhere and at any time, which means you can access your vehicle or anything even when you are not present in your base location.
Geofencing & creating zone alerts - The term- ‘’Geofencing’’ is used widely nowadays. With this capability , you can create a virtual “fence” around a certain area and you wold receive arrival/departure notifications whenever the tracker enters/exits that particular zone.
We can broadly divide GPS tracking devices into three categories based on their primary functions -
Data loggers record location in routine intervals and save the information in the device’s internal memory. Some cameras use data logging to display the location like where the photo was taken at, and data loggers can be used to track vehicles as well.
Data pushers are the most common GPS tracking units & are commonly known as “GPS beacons.” Rather than saving the location data on internal memory as data loggers do, data pushers send and store the information on the server. This means the storage space of the information is not as limited as for the data loggers.
Data pushers can also collect information about speed or altitude, and store all of the information to the predetermined server at routine intervals.
Data pushers are used for personal purposes as well as commercial purposes. The GPS tracker in your phone is a data pusher, and so are many vehicle tracking devices. Data pushers are also the type of GPS that is used on store items to prevent theft.
Data pullers are the last type of GPS trackers, and they are also called GPS transponders. The data puller GPS does not send location updates at routine intervals, but instead, you have to request the data from it. This type of GPS is sometimes found in computers or for items where the location does not need to be known constantly.
OBD GPS trackers plug into the onboard diagnostic (OBD) port of a light or medium duty vehicle. Usually, an OBD GPS tracker device draws power from the OBD port itself and contains a built-in antenna along with a GPS module in order to receive the GPS signal.
In addition, OBD trackers communicate with the different vehicle subsystems for receiving vehicle diagnostic and fuel consumption related data. A cellular OBD GPS tracker directly communicates with the cell tower in order to send the location and other vehicle performance data to the server over the cellular wireless network.
Users can view the information using standalone software or web browser from a desktop/laptop computer or using smartphone apps. A comparative discussion on OBD GPS trackers and generic GPS trackers can be found at here
There is a huge growth in the OBD tracker’s user base and vehicle owners now prefer OBD GPS trackers over ordinary GPS tracking devices as the former one can keep a check on the vehicle’s health along with tracking the vehicle's location.
Advanced GPS trackers do much more than just tracking – they provide you with engine health diagnosis and other onboard diagnostics that sums up to provide you with vehicle performance information.
The best thing is about the advanced GPS trackers are that they are predicted to hold the largest market share in the whole GPS tracking market which would make it the future of GPS tracking technology.
According to the statistics, there is a huge growth in the GPS tracking and onboard diagnosis market.
The Asian-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to experience large growth in the GPS tracking market. Currently, GPS tracking device usage is relatively low in the area, which means that there Is a lot of room for growth.
One of the biggest examples of technologically advanced GPS trackers is Vyncs, that provides you with real-time tracking, vehicle health status, trip logs, trip time reports, fuel cost tracking and much more.
The GPS tracking market is growing fast and mentioned below are some statistics based on the advanced GPS tracking market that are quite interesting enough-
There are many GPS trackers that exist for cars and other vehicles, as well as commercial vehicle fleets. Most of them are battery operated. These GPS trackers can be placed in the car, and the tracking data can be accessed remotely from a server. These are a type of data pushers.
A data logger GPS isn't of much use for the vehicles particularly if you are interested in real-time tracking, because it cannot be used for remote tracking in real-time.
Other types of trackers can be plugged into the OBD-II port of the car and are mostly used by mechanics to collect more data and provide more analytical information.
GPS trackers for fleets have advanced features compared to the Car GPS trackers. They use the same GPS technology, but the analytics portion is more complex because there are more vehicles to keep track and the user needs data for each and every fleet distinctively.
Fleet trackers use telematics technology and can be placed under the category of data pushers.
Vehicle GPS trackers: When it comes to GPS tracking for Vyncs and Vyncs Fleet, one must go for the one that provides best of features and is the most cost-effective. As per the survey reports, Vyncs is currently the best-selling car GPS tracker available in the market.
It plugs into the OBD-II port of the car, so it doesn’t use batteries, and uses a minimal amount of energy from the car. This means you don’t have to worry about replacing them, just plug in and use for an entire year without paying anything.
As mentioned before, Vyncs is a data pusher, and it provides standard location updates every 3 minutes. Upgrades are available for 60/30/15 second updates as well, as ‘’Live Map Auto Refresh’’ feature. Apart from GPS tracking, Vyncs provides a variety of analytics such as driving safety and fuel tips.
As it is plugged into the OBD-II port, you get a detailed health report of your vehicle. Vyncs Fleet is made for commercial fleets and provides GPS tracking for an unlimited number of vehicles.
Managing your vehicle fleet is much easier with the advanced features such as automatic tracking and analytics, which are accessible through the web server and mobile application. You can keep a track of your vehicles, the productivity of your workers, the costs, and much more.
Know why Vyncs.
In layman's language, if there's any obstruction between the satellite and the device that results in weakening of signals, it may give inaccurate GPS map reports.
If you are not getting accurate location data about your car then here are some possible reasons:
Reliable Real -Time GPS Tracking - Get data from the Vyncs device in your account through the cloud-based technology over a 3G/2G wireless network in real-time. It comes with all the bell and whistles that you would expect from a great GPS tracking product. Trips, zone arrival/departure notifications, start/stop street addresses, live maps, geo-fences are few of the examples.
Trip logging - With Vyncs GPS tracking, you can access the log all your car trips automatically.
Car theft prevention - It helps you in car theft prevention as you will know where your car is at all times. You will know if someone tries to steal your car. If you want you can even hardwire it and hide the Vyncs device using a Y-OBD-II extension cable so that the thieves have a hard time finding it.
Monitoring teen driving - The Vyncs GPS will allow you to know where your teen is driving at all times, and you can monitor additional habits such as driving speed, sharp turns, rapid acceleration, and harsh braking. You can also add advanced features like curfew hours alert and speeding policy violations reported on the map.
Reliable Real-Time GPS Tracking - Get data from the Vyncs device in your account through the cloud-based technology over a 3G/2G wireless network in real-time. It comes with all the bell and whistles that you would expect from a great GPS tracking product. Trips, zone arrival/departure notifications, start/stop street addresses, live maps are few of the examples.
No Monthly Fee - In general GPS tracker prices are hefty but Vyncs offers you all the valuable information at an unbeatable price. The best part is that it does not change any monthly fee.
Web based & Android/iOS GPS app: The vehicle tracking data can be seen through a web or mobile-based app. The user has to download the app, log in with the credentials and set up the vehicle/driver details. Each and every driver listed in the app can be tracked with the device.
INAdminAugust 31, 2018
In 2016 alone, all motor vehicle thefts totaled a loss of $5.9 billion, including automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and all other motor vehicles. By the first half of 2017, the number of vehicle thefts increased by 4.1%. There is constantly an increase in vehicle theft/car break-in statistics as the years go by. How can we fight against car thefts and make sure our vehicles are secure?
This article will tell you how you can prevent your car from being stolen, types of car thefts that you should be aware of, and what you should do in case your car does get stolen. You’ll be equipped with everything you need to deal with these situations.
There are many different types of vehicle thieves, and understanding their intents and common schemes will help us better prevent car thefts.
Some thieves only want your car for parts. Sometimes, they might just steal some car parts and not the car itself. This is a situation in which parking in a public well-lit location can prevent this. Additionally, parking close to the curb with the wheels turned in will make it difficult for the thief to steal your tires. These kinds of thefts are usually done by professionals, and if you do retrieve your car in the end, it probably won’t be in one piece. Time is even more important in these situations, so give the police as much information as you can so you can hopefully get your car back intact.
Some car thieves steal luxury cars for a joy-ride. In these situations, they are likely not professional car thieves, so loud alarms and blinking lights are more likely to scare them off. People often get their cars back in these situations, but the damage may be sustained to the vehicle. For those who simply steal the car for a joy-ride and then ditch the car somewhere, Vyncs GPS tracker will be very helpful for retrieving your car.
Steal car for valuables: There are also thieves that will break into your car just to steal valuables, and the best way to avoid these thefts is to of course keep valuables out of sight of possible perpetrators.
Other vehicle theft scenarios: In some vehicle theft scenarios, one person will rear-end your car so you get out to check it. Then, another person will then steal your car, and both people will drive off. This is why you should never leave your car running when you’re not in the car! If you need to leave your car to check a rear-end, turn your car off and LOCK IT. If you are rear-ended and it appears to be a car theft situation, just stay in your car and call the police to report the situation. Make sure to get the license number of the car that rear-ended you. If the rear-end bump is part of a car theft scheme, collecting as much information about them as possible to report them to the police will help prevent more vehicle thefts.
Vehicle theft can be prevented with the following steps and we will discuss some of the most effective methods for preventing vehicle theft below.
GPS trackers are devices which you can keep in your car at all times to track the movements of your car. The Vyncs GPS tracker plugs into the OBD-II port of your car, so it does not use a battery that will need replacement. This means your GPS tracker will always work, and you won’t have to worry about it dying when your car gets stolen. You can also use the GPS tracker to periodically check up on your car to make sure it’s still exactly where you parked it. Vyncs provides remote GPS tracking through their Android and iOS phone app and through their web portal from your computer. With these features, you can track your car anytime, anywhere. With 3 minute GPS updates, upgradable to as fast as 15 seconds, you’ll always know where your car is. Even when your car is off, the Vyncs GPS tracker will still work. The device will turn on and update the car’s location every 1 hour. Hiding your GPS tracking device is essential. You don’t want a thief to see it and unplug the device, or you won’t be able to track your car anymore. OBD cables are a perfect solution for keeping your GPS tracker away from the eyes of thieves.
Extension cables and splitter cables are handy in deceiving thieves so they cannot find or see your GPS tracker. The extension cable can allow you to hide the tracking device in your glove compartment or another hiding location. The splitter will allow you to plug your tracking device into one of the wires that can be hidden. The other wire will appear empty so a thief wouldn’t think there’s a tracking device plugged in. This will prevent them from disconnecting your device, so you can always track your car. If your car does not have an OBD-II port, power supply cables can plug into the Emergency Power Supply or cigarette lighter and you can then plug your OBD device into that cable. All of these cables are not sold by Vyncs but can be bought from Amazon for less than $10.
These are the three types of extension cable:
Preventing car theft is difficult no matter how much you do to protect your car, but it might still get stolen. If you get into this situation, we’ll tell you what to do so you can be prepared and can get your car back!
If your car is stolen, remember not to panic. The first thing you’ll want to do is call the police and report the theft. Make sure to tell the police your license plate number and the year, make, model, and color of the car. If you noticed any suspicious behavior before your car was stolen, or even saw your car being stolen, make sure you report all the information and descriptions that you can. Do not attempt to chase down the vehicle yourself because you may be putting your life at risk. Your life is more important than your car! If you have Vyncs GPS tracking device, you can immediately start tracking your vehicle and notify the police of the thief’s location, and they can help you get your car back.
badminJanuary 29, 2018
OBD trackers work through a vehicle's OBD-II port. If you've ever seen car mechanics plug a small device into your car, they were likely using an OBD-II scan tool to get information on what is wrong with your car. Likewise, OBD car trackers can get information from your car through the same port. Unlike other car trackers that only use GPS location information, OBD trackers get location information in addition to information from the vehicle. Meanwhile, generic GPS trackers are what most people think of when they think of tracking. They use satellite technology to find the location of the device. Depending on the size of the device, a generic GPS tracker can be used to track many different things, from cars to people. However, they only track one thing: location. Generic trackers sacrifice richness of information for versatility. So when it comes to tracking cars, which OBD trackers specialize in, generic trackers don't seem up to snuff.
It's easy to install and use. Once you find the OBD port in your vehicle, which is normally located under the steering wheel above the gas pedal area, installation is a breeze. You simply place the small device into the slot, and it takes car health and maintenance data from the port. With the Vyncs OBD tracker, for example, either log on to the Vyncs website or the Vyncs app in order to view the data. It doesn't need charging. Most car trackers contain a battery that needs to be charged regularly about once a week or so. OBD car trackers don't have a battery and don't need charging. They essentially never need to be removed, so there's no fear of having it die just when you need it. It collects more data. Because OBD trackers are plugged into the car, it can collect information from the car to help you understand your car better. By using an OBD tracker, you can track your vehicle's fuel economy and mileage. An OBD tracker such as the Vyncs tracker can also provide diagnostics for vehicle problems. Even better: the smarts from the Vyncs AI system will provide personalized suggestions on how to optimize fuel and maintenance costs. It helps you drive better. The Vyncs GPS tracker automatically detects unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding or sudden braking. In addition to knowing where and when you (or others) are driving, you know how well you drove. Vyncs scores drivers and provides graphs and tables to evaluate the data. Comes handy if you have newly minted drivers at home. It costs less than you think. Vyncs OBD trackers work on an annual plan, with regular Vyncs at $72.98 per year and Vyncs Fleet at $99.99 per year. Don't let the large numbers fool you; other trackers often charge per month, but when added up their annual rate is much more than that of Vyncs. For the added efficiency, data, and peace of mind it can give, it's well worth it. If you're looking for a way to track a vehicle, it's worth thinking about what kind of tracker you want. If you favor versatility, go with a generic GPS tracker. If you want to track a vehicle in multiple aspects, not just location, OBD trackers are the way to go.
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