You may be doing everything you can to reduce fleet fuel costs, but how do you know if it’s working? First, you need to know how much fuel you are currently using. You can find out by calculating the miles per gallon of your fleet’s vehicles. This gives you a starting point for your fleet’s fuel consumption so that when you do put in place fuel-saving measures, you can see whether they are working or not. However, instead of doing all the math yourself, you can take advantage of this fleet savings calculator to see where your starting point is.
Installing a MiX Telematics Fleet Management solution such as MiX Fleet Manager lets you automatically measure your fleet’s fuel usage. It connects directly to each vehicle’s engine, giving you accurate results. You won’t have to measure fuel consumption manually, you can get your results in a report that shows your overall fleet fuel consumption and drills down to vehicle and driver details.
Once you know your starting fuel spend, you can take steps to reduce it. Some of these steps require driver training or proper vehicle maintenance, but all of them can help reduce fleet fuel costs.
Speeding, accelerating too fast, excessive idling, harsh braking, and other aggressive driving behaviors can increase your fuel costs. Installing MiX Telematics lets you know if your drivers are driving aggressively and helps you develop a driver training program to help them improve.
Better route planning gets your drivers to their destinations faster. This means less time spent driving and idling, which can save fuel. MiX Telematics GPS Fleet Tracking can help you plan more efficient routes for your drivers.
Tires can have a significant impact on your fleet’s fuel consumption. The tire pressure makes a more significant difference than you may realize. Don’t forget that the temperature can affect tire pressure, so be sure to check your tire pressure seasonally or if the weather has turned hot or cold.
The heavier your trucks are, the more fuel they will use. To save on fuel, make sure your trucks only carry the equipment your drivers need. And make sure they are not overloading cargo. Equipment can add weight, and if you don’t need it, why bring it. Make sure there is secure storage for tools and equipment that is not in use. Make sure your drivers know the maximum payload their vehicles can carry and set a limit to how much cargo they can carry.
By monitoring your fleet’s movements and usage with a telematics solution, you can make sure your drivers are sent to jobs that are close to them, avoiding long drives. You can also make sure they take the most efficient route and have enough time to get there, so they don’t have to speed.
A poorly maintained engine burns more fuel. Dirty air filters, incorrect motor oil grade, underinflated tires, and improperly aligned tires all cause the engine to work harder and less efficiently. With MiX Telematics, you can automate alerts so that you can stay on top of your vehicle maintenance schedule.
Running the air conditioner or heater will decrease fuel economy. While you won't keep drivers from using them, as you don’t want to deny them comfort in extreme cold or hot weather, you can train them to use air conditioning and heating responsibly. They can keep the air on just enough for comfort, use the recirculation feature so the vehicle doesn’t work as hard cooling the air, and more.
Fuel is wasted when vehicles are driven for personal use. Draw up a company policy that clearly outlines what activities company vehicles are allowed to be used for and what is out of bounds. Using a driver ID system, GPS tracking, and geo-fencing, you can monitor and reduce unauthorized personal use of your fleet vehicles.
Unless the temperature drops below zero degrees Fahrenheit, engines don’t have to run for more than ten minutes. In addition, your drivers shouldn’t rev the engine during warmup. These actions will reduce your fuel efficiency. Skip warming up the engine in the summer, and don’t leave it running for extended periods of time.
An accident can take the vehicle and driver out of service. Develop and conduct training programs for your drivers to get them familiar with safe driving techniques. With MiX Vision, you can use video footage as a part of driver behavior training.
Idling is an inevitable part of driving. Heavy traffic conditions, red lights, and waiting outside a business with the AC on are all instances in which drivers idle. Idling every once in a while for a short amount of time is not a big issue, but idling excessively is. A telematics solution can keep track of excess idling and help you create awareness of the issue as well as identify when it is avoidable and when it isn’t.
Reducing speeding is one of the most well-known ways to reduce fuel usage. This also can be solved with driver awareness and training. MiX Fleet Manager can help you monitor your driver’s speed and determine which ones are speeding excessively. You can use this information to make them aware of how often they speed and help them reduce these speeding incidents.