Can You Identify Your Fleet’s Idling Hidden Cost?

How much is idling costing you?Unnecessary engine idling reduces your fleet’s miles per gallon and increases maintenance costs. Most vehicle manufacturers now recommend a maximum of 3-5 minutes of idling before either turning off the key or beginning your trip. According to a medium duty (class 3-6) diesel or gasoline truck burns 0.4 to 0.6 gallons per hour. A heavy-duty (class 7-8) diesel truck burns 0.8 to 1.0 gallons per hour.

The chart below shows the annual cost of idling for 1, 10, and 25 trucks:

Fuel Cost for Fleet Idling

Magnum AVL GPS Provides Idle Time Per Vehicle and Alerts When AbusedIdle report Drop Down Menu

How much idling is right for your fleet? It depends on many things and starts with your ability to be able to measure the “as-is” of each vehicle. You can only manage what you can measure. Magnum AVL GPS equipped vehicles automatically track the idle time of each vehicle.

Magnum AVL GPS Idle ReportThe idle time report requires only 4 mouse clicks and will provide your fleet totals by truck during any period of time you choose. The report will show the vehicle, date and time, and the number of minutes of idle time. It will also provide a monthly total for each vehicle. Choose “Automated Reports” so it will be emailed automatically to anyone each day, week, or month.

How to Set a Real Time Idle Alert Using Magnum AVL

It is also easy to set an alert when idling is excessive so you or your driver will be notified by email or text message. This will bring real time awareness so corrective action can be taken. See how easy it is by viewing our one minute video:

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Tips To Minimize Driver Resistance When Deploying GPS Fleet Tracking

Magnum AVL Logo Truck and MapAs fuel prices rise, more business owners and managers with smaller fleets are looking at GPS tracking. It is difficult to compete in today’s economy without the productivity gains of GPS fleet management.

Some small business owners are concerned that installing GPS fleet tracking will cause a morale problem with their employees and possibly affect their “family” corporate culture. The tips below have been used by Magnum AVL commercial and government fleet owners who have successfully installed GPS fleet and asset tracking.

Focus on Driver Benefits and Recognize Good Behavior

  • Your good employees won’t mind being tracked. They carry the load when weaker or new employees pull down the team.
  • GPS tracking provides “command & control” so work is spread evenly
  • If you use cell phones to communicate, GPS eliminates the “where are you” calls while driving.
  • You will know when they are delayed due to traffic conditions. Dispatchers can also help drivers get back on track should they become lost.
  • Proof your drivers were at the correct locations for “No Shows”.
  • Backup for invoice disputes or complaints involving your vehicles.
  • Recognize the drivers with the least amount of monthly idling time who save fuel.
  • GPS reports can eliminate driver logs and provide time card info.

Install GPS in ALL Vehicles in ALL Departments To Avoid Favoritism

Installing GPS tracking in some vehicles (but not all) can be viewed as favoritism and can be perceived negatively by the drivers who are tracked. If you can’t afford to do the entire fleet, look at a leasing or renting the equipment.

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Magnum AVL uses state-of-the art equipment with a 3 year warranty, a Google mapping interface, and no long term contract. We have customers from Delaware to California. Contact us using the form below to discuss your requirements or call us at 302-734-9250.

GPS Fleet Management From Your Smartphone

Magnum AVL Live GPS Tracking for Android and Apple Mobile DevicesMagnum AVL Logo

Fleet location, speed, and history for up to 6 months has been optimized for Magnum AVL users with smartphones and tablets. Our new Mobile Viewer portal provides fast access from your Home screen. Set-up is simple and only takes a couple minutes using your same login info. 

List View Can Be Customized to Show Preferred InfoMagnum AVL Mobile Viewer List View

After the single press log-in, the List View control screen shows all of your vehicle, asset, and trailer trackers. You have the ability to show (or hide) and sort the following info:

  • Map label
  • Serial number of AVL tracker
  • Status (length of stop or moving)
  • Group (for larger fleets)
  • Odometer
  • Street Address
  • Driver
  • Vehicle VIN number

Most users will want to change the default settings to hide the serial numbers and unhide the address fields.

Map, Street, Satellite, and History View Screens Provide Fast Answers

Mobile Viewer List, Map, History Screen Shots

The same icons found in the desktop version make it easy to use the Magnum AVL Mobile Viewer. From the List View screen a simple button press will launch the Map View or the History View that shows speed and location data for the previous 6 months.

Magnum AVL GPS service pricing plans do not require a long term contract. If you have any questions or need to contact us, please use the form below:

New Magnum AVL Asset and Trailer Tracker GPS Service Plan

Choice of 10 or 30 Minute Live Updates for MAT312 GPS DevicesMagnum AVL GPS Fleet Management

Keeping track of your mobile assets and trailers on the move is now even easier with the addition of our Magnum AVL service plan with live updates every 10 minutes. At only $14.95 per month, you can track your assets with our web based software using Google map, satellite, street, traffic, and terrain views.

460-EQ Is Designed for Use With a 12V or 24V DC Power Source

GPS Trailer and Asset TrackerThe 460-EQ GPS tracker must be connected to a 12 or 24V DC power source and includes a backup battery if disconnected. The 360-TT is specifically designed for use with tractor trailers and the 460-EQ is optimized for use with construction and other jobsite equipment. Both are submersible with internal antennas and cover the entire USA. These devices will monitor ignition, engine hours, unauthorized movement, and uses the same Magnum AVL GPS automatic reports as our 700-3W series fleet trackers.

For mobile assets and trailers without a power source, read our blog post using the GPS 660-BAT with 3 year internal battery.

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Magnum AVL GPS Reports Provide Powerful Fleet Data

AVL Reports Menu OptionsMagnum AVL GPS fleet and asset tracking provides reports with data that will help manage your fleet and reduce costsYour fleet data is available for up to six months with the option of downloading or emailing the reports in multiple formats. 

A couple clicks and drop down menus will let you select the report type, vehicle, time frame, stops, idle, speed, etc. Once the report is created it can be saved for future use and/or sent via email automatically.

Select the Best Magnum AVL GPS Fleet Management Report

The purpose of this article is provide a list of the most commonly used reports with a short description so you can become familiar with them. All of the reports are included with any of the Magnum AVL service plans.

Daily Details

Shows the stop time, move time, distance, # of stops, # of geofences, # of Input Alerts, # of Speed Alerts of each vehicle by day.

Magnum AVL GPS Daily Details Report


Shows the stop time, move time, distance, # of stops, # of geofences, # of Input Alerts, # of Speed Alerts of each vehicle for entire report period.

After Hours

Shows all of the movements for each vehicle between the start and end dates and between the hours specified in the report period.

All Geofences

Shows all of the Geofence Alerts that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

All Input Alerts

Shows all of the Input Alerts that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

All Speed Alerts

Shows all of the Speed Alerts that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

All Stops

Shows all of the stops that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

Magnum AVL GPS All Stops Report


Shows all of the current landmarks for this account with the times each vehicle entered and exited the landmark ordered by date.

Landmarks by Vehicle

Shows when each vehicle entered and exited landmarks.

First/Last Trip By Day

Shows the start and stop times of the first and last trips of each of the days in the start/end date range.

All Trips By Day

Shows the start and stop times of all the trips of each of the days in the start/end date range.

First/Last Location By Day

Shows the first movement and last movement of each vehicle on each day.

Idle Time

Shows the amount of time a vehicle has been idling (ignition on without movement).

Magnum AVL Idle Time Report

State Mileage

Distance each vehicle travels in each state over the selected period of time.. Magnum AVL State Mileage for IFTA

Consolidated Trip Report

This is a summary of all trips and includes trip distance, trip time, idle time, and trip start and stop. In order for this report to work, the ignition wire must be connected.

AVL GPS Consolidated Trip Report

Location History

Will display vehicle movement events, ignition events, geofence events, stop events, over speed events, etc.  Included in the report are time and date stamps for each event, as well as address, latitude/longitude, distance, and heading. Use this for backup detail with the State Mileage Report for IFTA audits. You must check the box “show addresses” to provide the required detail.

Magnum AVL Location History Report

Workday Summary

A comprehensive report that summarizes start time, move time, stop time, idle time, end time, and total elapsed time during the reporting period.

Workday Summary Report

Workday Daily Details

In addition to the data included in the Workday Summary, this report includes start and end addresses and off duty time during the reporting period.

Workday Daily Details Report

How Magnum AVL GPS Local Fleet Management Impacts Your Bottom Line

Real Time Vehicle Location Data Improves Decision Making

Magnum AVL - Improving Fleet Efficiency with GPSIn today’s fast paced business environment, knowing where your vehicles are provides a competitive edge. If knowledge is power and time is money, even small local fleets can benefit from Magnum AVL fleet and asset tracking.

Knowing exactly where all of your mobile assets are in real time or being able to look back anytime during the past 6 months with a couple mouse clicks will make you a smarter organization. You will be able to quickly identify where you are losing money and make corrections faster.

Most Local Fleets Save a Minimum of 20%-25% on Fuel Bills

Magnum AVL Idle Alert SetupMagnum AVL provides vehicle idle time reports each day, week, month, etc. You can be alerted with an email or text message in real time after a predetermined limit has been exceeded if you desire. The average vehicle burns almost a gallon of fuel every hour so just decreasing idle time can justify the return on investment.

Speeding in a lettered vehicle not only uses more fuel but it can ruin your reputation. You can also set speed alerts with Magnum AVL to identify a reckless driver.

GPS Tracking Prevents Unauthorized Use Resulting in Fewer Miles

Fewer miles driven means going to the pump less often. How many miles per gallon do your vehicles average? If your service truck gets 17 mpg, 10 less miles per day will double your ROI. If your mobile assets are remote and don’t start/end the day at your yard this can save significantly more.

Labor and Overtime Costs Will Drop With GPS Fleet Tracking

Magnum AVL can reduce labor and overtime costs especially when there is more than one worker in the vehicle. You will know exactly when your vehicle arrives and leaves the job. Customer complaints about a driver that never showed or was there only a short time can be checked and proven true or false immediately.

If you seem to have a chronic overtime problem, Magnum AVL will provide the information needed to identify the cause. Saving 30 minutes of overtime per week can save thousands of dollars at the end of the year.

Magnum AVL Improves Employee Safety, Customer Service, and Peace of MindMagnum AVL Logo Truck and Map

Contact your drivers when they are stopped and not when they should be concentrating on the road. Let your customers know when your technicians are about to arrive at a service call. Know job arrival times without bothering the driver.

Also, many insurance companies will provide a discount when GPS fleet tracking is installed.

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New Features Added to Magnum AVL GPS Web Interface

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Fleet Management Software Enhancements Continue with New Release

We are proud to announce the latest release of Magnum AVL 2.0 GPS fleet and asset tracking software. MAVL 2.0.15 includes new features based on your requests and feedback. Our goal is to provide the best fleet management user interface that is simple, powerful, and economical.

New Work Day Summary & Work Day Detail Reports

The Workday Summary Report indicates Start time, Move time, Stop time, Idle time and End time for each day in the reporting period. The total elapsed time for the reporting period is displayed. Elapsed time is defined as the time period from the first Ignition On and the last Ignition OFF.

Magnum AVL Workday Summary ReportThe Workday Daily Details Report below contains everything in the workday summary report and also includes the Start and End addresses.

Magnum AVL Workday Daily Details Report

Low Battery & Power Reconnect Alerts Added

Low Battery Alert Set-upYour vehicle can now send a text message or email when the battery is low. The power reconnect alert has been added for our soon to be announced OBD-II Plug-in MVP1000 GPS tracker, but can also be used to alert if the power is disconnected for other reasons.

These new alerts work with any of our Magnum AVL GPS fleet trackers.

Control Panel Now Shows Heading and Odometer Columns

Magnum AVL Control Panel HeadingA new column has been added to the control panel that shows the vehicle heading. This is helpful to determine which direction the vehicle is travelling. There is also column that shows vehicle mileage. You can customize the control panel to add/delete the columns you prefer to view.

Two New Landmark Sizes Improve Reporting

Magnum AVL GPS  Landmark Sizes Adding landmarks (and geofences) is the key to getting the most out of your GPS investment. Landmarks are map icons you frequently visit such as your own location, suppliers, and customers. Landmarks provide additional data for fleet management and are a powerful tool to increase fleet efficiency.

XSmall and XXSmall options have been added to the Radius dropdown menu of the New Landmark window in the Map tab. The XSmall is 40 meters in radius, and the XXSmall is 15 meters.

Free Training Webinars Continue

A live webinar with our dedicated training specialist can be scheduled at your convenience using your Magnum AVL account and fleet data. We encourage you to take advantage of this free service. Send us an email and we will get it set up for you.

If you don’t see the new features on your computer hover over the Help link in the upper right corner. If it is not 2.0.15 refresh your browser by pressing F5. You might have to close your browser too.

Advantages of New Motorola DMR MOTOTRBO XPR 5550

New Motorola XPR 5000 Series Supports Analog and Digital DMR

Motorola MOTOTRBO XPR 5350 & XPR 5550 Motorola’s newest base/mobile offering to the MOTOTRBO DMR platform is the XPR 5000 series. Introduced in the VHF and UHF bands, the radios can be programmed with up to 1,000 analog and digital channels providing easier migration and interoperability. 

The flagship XPR 5550 includes a color display with day and night modes for easier viewing. The XPR 5350 has a numeric channel display and 32 channel capability.

An internal GPS receiver and text messaging is standard on both models.

New XPR 5000 Series Includes Embedded Wireless Bluetooth for Voice and Data

Workers can monitor and respond to voice radio traffic when not in the vehicle using any standard Bluetooth headset. This can enhance productivity by giving your workforce the ability to stay in touch when away from the mobile radio.

Bluetooth is also an easy way to connect hand-held scanners, bar code readers, and other data collection devices. You will need to purchase the HKVN4088 optional software license at a cost of $50 to enable the data transfer feature. MOTOTRBO already supports many independent software applications that enhance mobile worker productivity.

XPR 5550 5 Line Color Display Provides Day and Night Modes for Easier Viewing

Motorola XPR 55550 Display in Night Mode

Motorola XPR 5550 Display in Night Mode

Text messaging, mobile workforce productivity applications, and large channel lists are easily managed with the XPR 5550 5 line color display. The bright display can be viewed easily in broad daylight or in low light environments with night mode. Four programmable buttons can be labeled for your operational needs and a home button provides an easy user interface.

Dual Function Channel/Volume Knob Eliminates Rocker Switches

The XPR 5000 series incorporates a single knob for both volume and channel control. With a short press of the knob you can change your volume and channel easily. The XPR 5000 platform also has a nice feature called “intelligent audio” that increases or decreases the volume automatically if surrounding noise conditions change.

One Minute Video Summary of the XPR 5000 Series