The telematics industry has seen a number of technological marvels arrive on the scene in the past 30 years. From front-wheel-drive/transverse engines to electronic fuel injection to computerized engine technology, cars and trucks are more fuel efficient than ever before, and there is more on the way.
For any large business with a fleet of vehicles, fuel is one of the largest expenditures. While you can’t do much about the price of fuel, you do have some control over how much fuel your vehicles consume.
Here are some of the practices you can adopt to reduce your fuel expenditure drastically and create an increase in your savings:
1. Reduce Idling Time
One of the main fuel burners that can be reduced is idling. With vehicles running when they probably don’t need to be, unnecessary consumption equates to unnecessary costs, which is only amplified when a business operates more vehicles. Reminding drivers to turn off their engine can have huge paybacks in the short and long term.
2. Maintain Tires
Properly inflated tires reduce friction on the road, so that your vehicles use less fuel. Since changing temperatures can cause air pressure to fluctuate, remember to check your tires regularly with a pressure gauge.
A route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights can help you save fuel, even more so than the shortest route.
4. Set speed restrictions
Speeding puts your drivers at risk of a ticket/fine (and you at risk of insurance rate hikes), but it also causes vehicles to use more fuel. Remind your drivers to obey the speed limit, and avoid rapid accelerations.
5. Car Maintenance
A properly tuned engine uses less fuel, and clean oil filters also help to improve your mileage. Also check to make sure you’re using the right type of oil in your vehicles, the wrong oil might overwork engines and cause them to waste fuel.
6. Curb aggressive driving
Train drivers to drive sensibly: hard acceleration, braking, and excessive speed not only can be dangerous, but they hit fuel mileage hard. It’s important to change driver habits so as to improve vehicle economy. According to a recent study, it is proven that aggressive driving can negatively affect fuel economy by as much as 20-30 percent.
7. Work with the right telematics partner
A good fleet management solution like Gofleet International can help you accomplish many of the above tasks, such as proper vehicle maintenance, keeping an eye on employees and their performance, improved routing, and more. You can also use the service to analyse your employees’ driving habits and take appropriate measures to reduce fuel usage and save money.
We are dedicated to helping businesses realize a solid return on their telematics investment. Getting better mpg lies at the heart of what we do, as there are many contributing factors for reducing overall fuel expenditures.
To learn more, visit us at www.gofleetinternational.com and book your zoom system demo today.