Commercial fleets are under pressure due to issues presented by automation, fuel prices, and other problems. One of the best ways to handle economic uncertainty is to improve fleet management, which can benefit your business as a whole. The benefits include improved safety, fleet efficiency, and better fuel management.
The first step in improving fleet efficiency and cost savings is to educate your drivers about their driving habits. First, emphasize safe driving practices such as gradual acceleration, following speed limits, and gradual deceleration. These habits improve safety and help to save on fuel. One of the more successful ways to accomplish these dual-purpose goals is to combine safe and eco-friendly driving classes into one master class.
You can also educate them on the realities of operating their trucks. For example, many people believe that fueling up in the morning gives better efficiency because it is cooler and denser. While gas does contract, the vast majority of fuel storage tanks are temperature-controlled.
Next, idling vehicles does not save money. Your drivers probably leave their truck idling thinking that it is more fuel efficient than turning the engine on and off repeatedly. In fact, idling your car for 10 seconds consumes the same amount of gas it takes to turn on the engine.
Your drivers may also think that they save money by rolling down the window because they aren’t blasting the air conditioner. However, the drag on your truck costs significantly more gasoline than using the air conditioner. When your drivers are in town, and never accelerate past 50 MPH, you might save a few cents per gallon with the windows down. But, those savings are erased on the highways.
Getting your drivers to use safer habits will lead to cost savings in many ways.
- Some studies find that your fleet can see savings of between 5 and 30 percent based on safe habits. Also, you save money on maintenance and costs associated with preventable accidents.
- Consider that the greatest amount of fuel is burned during acceleration and deceleration. The point isn’t to limit speed but to encourage stable speeds and to minimize the acceleration and deceleration of vehicles.
- Your fleet drivers have more predictable behavior, so you can price out the cost of your fuel for longer periods of time. This allows you to enter into fuel contracts with a fuel wholesaler.
- Agreeing to fuel contracts can help shield your company from the wild swings of the crude oil market by locking in a price.
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