4 Ways you can save on your fleet's fuel bill
1: Don’t skimp on servicing
Vehicles burn up to 30% more fuel if proper maintenance is not performed on a regular schedule. Things like worn rings, faulty injectors, dirty oil and dirty filters all add up to engine inefficiency. An integral part of fleet management is knowing when to service what. Investing in fleet management software that reminds you of upcoming services or that allows you to plan for scheduled maintenance is key.
Check your vehicles’ wheel alignment and keep tabs on tyre pressure. Bad wheel alignment causes more friction which takes more power to overcome and results in higher fuel consumption. Check for underinflated tyres on a regular basis.
2: Train the driver
The fuel-guzzling effects of “stepping on it” are well-known, but there are other driver behaviours which can negatively impact your fuel efficiency.
Target driver training to highlight and better driving styles that are burning up fuel. Issues like over speeding, sudden acceleration, harsh cornering or needless idling burns fuel unnecessarily.
3: Become aware of driving styles
Telematics software can expose problematic driving behaviours like harsh braking, sudden stopping, long periods of idling or drivers who simply are not staying on the routes designated to them. Being unaware of the driving styles of your drivers causes a huge blind spot in your efforts to save fuel and in turn lower your operational expenses.
4: Plan by being tech savvy
Drastically reduce your fuel bill by planning and optimizing routes and trips. Telematics devices can monitor the movement of your vehicles and the use of the IoT can produce data-based reports that will accurately detail the exact utilization of your fleet.
Fleet managers can effectively plan ahead by being notified of when a vehicle enters or leaves a certain area (geofence) or passes a beacon on a route (waypoint).
Saving on fuel has many benefits that goes beyond the obvious effect of saving money: improved customer satisfaction, shorter trip times, reduction in operational costs and an improvement in the working conditions for drivers to name a few.