GPS has revolutionized the way that truckers get from point A to point B. However, truckers may not always use GPS devices correctly.

Sometimes drivers simply put in the wrong address and don’t double-check their route. While that’s human error, sometimes the GPS routes through places where class 8 vehicles don’t belong.

Drivers can end up wasting time, causing damage, getting tickets, and ultimately losing the carrier money.

So is there any way to stop the GPS from routing through areas where truckers don’t belong? Continue reading below to find out how to minimize the risks of GPS routing.

Use a Commercial Grade GPS Device

Using a commercial-grade GPS device is crucial for large trucks. The GPS devices you find in the bargain bin or on a phone just aren’t going to cut it.

These devices are acceptable for passenger vehicles but not for trucks. They don’t take into account the large vehicle that a trucker operates and will route through areas where trucks don’t belong.

To ensure that you are routed correctly, make sure you’re using a GPS device meant for trucking.

Input Correct Truck Data

Sometimes when a GPS routes through a place where a truck shouldn’t be, the device doesn’t have the correct data.

When using a GPS device, it’s crucial to input the correct parameters of the truck. Most commercial GPS devices like those from Garmin or TomTom can find a route based on the data a driver gives it about their truck.

That data can be tractor-trailer weight, length, width, height, number of axles, and load contents. That information is used by the GPS to route the truck away from small bridges, weight restrictions, and takes into account local and federal laws.

Input the Correct Route

While this may seem extremely obvious, it happens way more often than it should. However, it may be an easy mistake to make when you’re under stress.

Perhaps you’ve been working long hours, and you just keep trucking without realizing you’re going the wrong way.

Most drivers will realize something is wrong or check their route just in case. To avoid this, we recommend double or even triple-checking your route when you input it into the GPS.

Start Geofencing

Some fleets have started geofencing certain areas and route corridors. Geofencing is where operators can mark specific locations on a map where a truck should or shouldn’t go.

If a truck is wandering outside of a geofenced area, it will alert the operator or the driver. The driver can correct the mistake, or the operator can get in touch with the driver.

Geofencing is especially useful for new drivers or new routes. Operators can go through the route and mark specific areas where they know drivers shouldn’t be.

Keep the GPS up to Date

The world around us is constantly changing. Perhaps a new bridge was built, or a new weight limit was posted.

The only way your GPS device will know about this new information is through an update. Make sure you regularly update your GPS to guarantee you’re getting the most accurate data all the time.

If you follow these tips, you’ll stay on track and avoid getting into a potentially costly situation.

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