Truckers using GPS to avoid fuel mix-ups
When a driver is required to get from A to B it sounds straightforward. But as most truck drivers know it’s not always that simple.
A to B might include stops at C and D along the way. Destination B might not be clearly defined or the exact arrival location might not be fully known. And when it’s critical that a driver arrives at the correct destination, it becomes even more important that the route a vehicle takes is clearly marked and mapped out.
The challenges of delivering fuel and fertilizer
One example of critical delivery is Redfern Farm Services, a Canadian crop business that services local farms with fertilizer and fuel needs. There are a couple of reasons that knowing exactly where a delivery is to be made and what the delivery is to avoid problems.
- Fuel delivery – Drivers need to know not only what storage containers to deliver to, but also what type of fuel to prevent problems with mixing mismatched fuels.
- Fertilizer – Not only the correct type of fertilizer but also the amount required based on the current fertilization level of the site.
To minimize any problems in these areas and make sure their operations are as efficient as possible, Redfern Farm Services make good use of GPS technology to streamline and automate their operations.
In a recent article on business website, Business Review Canada, Ray Redfern, CEO for Redfern Farm Services, explained how, by using GPS tracking and location technology, they are able to determine the fertilization level of different farms and adjust their fertilizer deliveries to suit.
This means only the correct amount of fertilizer is delivered to the client – preventing waste and maximizing profits.
GPS is also used to solve their other challenge – making sure the right fuel gets to the right storage point to avoid any potential fuel mix-ups, messes or environmental hazards. Each delivery point is tagged so that drivers can confirm the correct location and fuel type. Type and volume are also tracked for automated, on-board billing to prevent any potential financial or stock losses.
Ray is enthusiastic about the enhancements to their delivery and distribution model. “Our Company is continually embracing innovative ways of delivering services in our agricultural and petroleum sectors with ongoing development of our employee’s and product knowledge and operational abilities. We’re continuing to implement changes to enhance our programs including the use of GPS systems in the field.”
GPS – A multipurpose tool
Businesses like Redfern Farm Services are continually seeing new applications for GPS technology. In increasing numbers, truck fleets are seeing a lot of value in fleet management applications such as Telogis Fleet that provide truck drivers with accurate destination routing, including the all-important last mile, so drivers know exactly where to unload their cargo.
GPS fleet tracking has other uses. It can create and deliver optimized, multi-stop routes direct to a driver’s navigation device, another feature of the Telogis suite of GPS applications.
It means truck drivers can easily, effectively and efficiently find their way from A to B, while making sure that all the points in between aren’t missed.