How to Reduce Fuel Consumption with Fleet Management
In the transportation and trucking industry, every fleet manager is looking for economical ways to reduce costs. While fleet managers (or anyone for that matter) can’t control the cost of fuel, there are techniques and behaviors fleet managers can implement to optimize a driver’s fuel consumption. Making the most of fuel consumption is essential in cost saving measures and subtle changes in a driver’s routine and behavior can show drastic improvement in fuel economy. Here are our 5 tips for Fleet Management Fuel Consumption that fleet managers and companies can roll out today:
1. Keep Truck Idling to a Minimum
Most drivers have a tendency to warm up their engines for a period of time before embarking on their next journey. Idling may seem harmless, but it has a big impact. The American Trucking Association concluded that if a truck is idling for an hour a day for an entire year, it can result in the equivalent of 64,000 miles in wear and tear on a truck’s engine. Fleet managers should be mindful of this and instruct their drivers keep idling to a minimum
2. Conservative Driving is Key
The idea of getting to the destination as fast as possible seems well-intentioned, but ultimately be more costly than it is worth. Advocating for “slow and steady wins the race” may be ideal for your drivers. You don’t want your drivers harshly speeding up and braking in the hopes of getting to the destination early.
3. Cruise Control
If your drivers aren’t using cruise control, it is time to start. Cruise Control is beneficial by keeping the truck at a constant optimal speed which helps to be more fuel efficient. On long journeys, drivers tend to get fatigued and cruise control can help curb the fatigue by having the driver have slight less responsibility. Consider telling your drivers to use cruise control when applicable.
3. Tires Inflated to Correct Pressure
Tire pressure is essential for trucks to run smoothly, safely and efficiently. Tires with lower than optimal pressure causes the tire to have more wear and tear from the road as well as decreases fuel economy. Promote regular tire pressure checks for your drivers.
4. Fill Gas at Slow Setting
When filling up their gas tanks, less gas vapor is gathered back when gas is filled at a slower setting. Though it may take a slight bit longer for drivers to get back on the road, it is advisable for drivers to take this extra step.
5. Create Incentives Program
Some companies and fleet managers enact a reward system for their drivers to prioritize fuel economy. This gives fleet managers a way to get the most out of their drivers with incentive based rewards. It promotes increased efficiency as well as keeping their employees happy and motivated. Planning and executing a reward system can also help you retain your best drivers in the long run as well.
The ultimate goal is to be able to have your fleet operating at the optimal, most cost effective level. CLC’s semi trailer fleet management program is revered for our equipment assessment and analysis, operational studies and state-of-the-art trailer tracking technology. Contact us today for more information on getting your fleet moving in the right direction.