Today we are talking about saving. Less fuel consumption does not only mean being environmentally friendly – fuel economy also saves money. There are several ways to reducing your fuel consumption.
Here are five ways for you to take note of:
- Buy new cars. More advanced technology is almost always cleaner and can deliver energy from fuel more efficiently. New cars and trucks are more fuel-efficient, safer and more comfortable. Thus, by renewing your vehicle fleet, you not only lower fleet’s fuel consumption, you also improve the well-being of your employees.
- Measure how economically your drivers are driving. To make sure something is improving, you have to first measure it. Without knowing how economically one or another driver is driving, it is not possible to assess whether the situation is getting better or worse. Fleet Complete's GPS-based fleet management software helps you measure drivers' driving style, like excessive harsh accelerations, braking, and sharp cornering that, on average, burn more fuel. With trucks, fuel consumption can also be measured and additional parameters can be pre-set if desired.
With Fleet Complete’s video dash-camera solution, Vision, you can add an extra layer of driver coaching with live in-cab feedback and a designated app with video replay, leaderboard and personalized scorecards to see where improvements have been made or are needed.
- Reward economical drivers. Now that you can measure driving behavior, reward the best drivers. Make it a competition. Some healthy competition makes for a bit of fun and pride: soon everyone wants to drive more economically and actively work for it. The prize could be a cash reward or additional vacation days – alongside bragging rights.
- Plan your trips better. If your drivers need to make several trips a day, in cases like making customer visits or delivering goods, you can optimize your route. Changing the order of destinations can save tens (even hundreds) of kilometers (or miles) a day. This also means saving time as well as fuel and money.
Fleet Complete's fleet management solution allows you to do that. The sequence of tasks can be optimized at the touch of a button – the system finds a route that allows you to spend the least time, fuel and thus directly save costs. When the plan is ready, you can send the tasks directly to the employee's smart device.
- Drive less. This recommendation may sound too simplistic, but is really important. Think about your rides - are they all necessary? What is outcome? For example, whether it makes sense to drive 200 kilometers for a small pack. In the same way, ten small rides can burn a lot of fuel but go unnoticed. Identify the most cost-effective solution for delivering your goods. Is it worth to invite a client to your office? This will save fuel and increase productivity.
As you can see, positively impacting your fuel economy is the process of changing, measuring the situation and motivating drivers. You fuel savings can reach tens of percent.
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Apr 23, 2019 Mihkel Külaots