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Fuel Saving Strategies for Your Fleet
Posted on 07/18/2012 by Ashley Jones | 0 Comments
According to a study by the University of Michigan, ignoring fuel-saving strategies such as vehicle maintenance, driver training and route selection can reduce a vehicle’s fuel efficiency by about 45%. And with volatile fuel prices, this is an added expense you don’t need to your bottom line.
The study found that without strategies in place, a vehicle that should obtain 36 mpg ends up earning less than 20. Review the sample scenario here in Business Fleet’s article entitled, “Efficient Driving Equals Fleet Savings.” But there are strategies to avoid this.
A telematics or GPS fleet tracking solution can help you automate this strategies to ensure that your policies are being met. The article notes that driver behavior is key to maximizing a vehicle’s fuel economy. Aggressive driving and speeding use up more gas than a moderate driver. With a fleet management solution, you can track you drivers’ speeds with Speed Alerts and modify their behavior.
Route planning is another way to save on fuel. Heavy traffic areas negatively affect the mpg your trucks get. Being able to route around a traffic jam or rush hour traffic can save considerable fuel expenses. With our ClearPath routing feature, you can also plan routes by the shortest distance. So save the your fuel and prolong the life of your vehicles.