Trucker Safety: Looking for a good trucker GPS?

Garmin dezl 570LMT

Garmin dezl 570LMT offers truck routing and features for truckers at an affordable price.

Truckers drive long distances and while you might think GPS systems are all the same, there are numerous differences between consumer and commercial model GPS devices.  Some fleet companies may not realize that there are several benefits to using quality GPS systems made for truckers, but the main difference in consumer and commercial GPS systems is that commercial GPS systems provide detailed mapping for large trucks, a feature that consumer model GPS systems do not have.

FEATURES TO WATCH OUT FOR

Here are some other features to watch out for when shipping for a good GPS device.

Detailed Mapping for Truckers
Fleetmatics, Google mapping and Rand McNally are some of the most detailed and accurate maps for truckers, giving optimal routes, detailed maps, extended functionality (zoom, 3D, verbal directions, re-routing, etc.).   Details for fleet routes are important – for example, as trucks must follow certain routes and cannot fill up at just any fuel station, these maps contain details designed for truckers.

road-to-the-hills-1562250[1]Traffic Alerts and Road Conditions
Commercial trucking GPS systems provide detailed traffic information like accidents, road construction, detours and delays, along with information on road conditions and alerts, weather, sharp curves, steep and narrow roads.  Some advanced features include lane assist to inform truckers to stay in the correct lane to be ready for exists, merging, turns, etc.

Approved Roads
Trucks cannot just go through any road; they are restricted to roads that can accomodate their height, weight, and cargo; therefore it’s important to have information on these roads and routes.  Some commercial GPS systems allow truckers to enter the profile of their vehicle and the software handles mapping the route for the driver.

Trucker Points of Interest
Commercial trucking GPS systems contain information to truck-related points of interest.  Some of these may include, repair shops, towing, truck stops, weigh stations, restaurants, lodging, rest stops, and more.  Emergency points of interests and services may also be included, such as hospitals, law enforcement, roadside assistance, etc.

speed-o-meter-1479451[1]Fuel Conservation
Commercial trucking GPS systems do not only point truckers to the nearest fleet fuel station, they can also monitor gas consumption and routine maintenance.  Systems can also provide drivers with optimal routes and convenient truck stops with the best fuel prices.

Fleet Management
Some commercial trucking GPS systems have centralized administrative software that can track vehicles at all times.  This software contains reporting and analysis that may help managers optimize routes for optimal pickup and delivery scheduling, track driver performance, and monitor driver reliability.

Hands Free Features
Some units may offer Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for hands free capabilities.  Some also offer audio and visual input for custom connections to cameras, audio and DVD players, and mobile devices.

truckonroadVersatility Options
Some fleet owners might consider portable units that can be shared between trucks, or installed permanently.   Some might want smaller units for portability, or larger screens for better visibility or additional functions.


Additional Features

GPS systems today have futuristic capabilities and integration with Internet services.  They may contain ‘smart’ functionality, which may submit road information and improve mapping for other drivers.

SUMMARY

Before purchasing a GPS unit for your fleet, take into consideration all these features which may or may not suit your company.  Read reviews and make sure units are compatibility with your area.  Due diligence and research will help you find the best trucker gps for your company.