In the construction industry, or any industry for that matter, time is money. Inefficiency eats up ROI (return in investment), both on the jobsite, or in this case the open road. Fleets transporting materials need to be just as timely and efficient as anyone else in the industry. But the inevitable difficulties of traffic and navigation can make it difficult.

One company hoping to make life on the road easier is Rand McNally, www.randmcnally.com. Beginning this month, all Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND 720 truck GPS devices will be shipped with new software and features, which can be accessed via Wi-Fi. IntelliRoute 520 LM devices will also be updated.

These new services are intended to save professional drivers time and money.
Among the new services is Traffic Everywhere, powered by INRIX, www.inrix.com, a company which gives customers traffic news and information for efficiency purposes. For an annual fee of $19.99, the system helps drivers avoid delays with realtime and predictive analytics for their routes. It functions in major metropolitan areas, as well as rural communities. Drivers who purchase and register new devices before August 31 will receive Traffic Everywhere complimentary for one year.

In addition, realtime fuel prices will be made available to drivers via GasBuddy.com. Data can be filtered by brand, price, or distance. As a result, drivers can either choose the least-expensive fuel, or the filling station closest to their location.

Drivers will also have access to local search capabilities, maps and construction updates, truck-specific routing which takes physical restrictions into account, route comparisons, among other features.

“The new software release, our ongoing lifetime maps program, and now our offer of a free year of the most comprehensive traffic service available, all reflect our ongoing commitment to providing cost-saving features to the professional driver,” says Dave Muscatel, CEO, Rand McNally.

In keeping fleets on track and on time, companies like Rand McNally allow their industry customers to rest a bit easier, and keep their proverbial wallets a bit fatter. As in any industry, time truly is money.