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Five Quick Fuel Saving Tips
Posted on 10/16/2013 by Ashley Jones | 0 Comments
Commercial Carrier Journal’s article, “Common Cents – 75 Tips to Minimize Fuel Costs” highlights some practical ways service businesses can minimize fuel costs. Here are five that can help you get started today:
Use route-planning software or a GPS unit – Choosing the shortest most practical truck route can save hundreds of dollars a year in fuel. Spoken, turn-by-turn directions will take you directly to street-level addresses. With navigation, savings of 10 or 15 miles a week are possible by eliminating out-of-route miles.
Use fuel incentive programs – Capture data to compare drivers against their peers based on mpg, idle time and other fuel metrics and offer cash rebates and rewards for performance. Consider taking a team approach to encourage top-performing drivers to mentor less-efficient drivers. Don’t rely solely on mpg as a measuring stick, as there are too many variables outside the driver’s control.
Look for exceptions – Set up instant alert notifications when any action is out of bounds. This strategy will ensure you have the information you need – now – rather than days or weeks after the fact.
Turn off the engine – Drivers should avoid excessive warm-up times when starting the truck, even for a short time. Look for other times when drivers have a habit of idling.
- Minimize distractions in the cab – Lock out all in-cab interactive devices, including cell phones, to keep the focus on driving and fuel economy.