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Warm Weather Heats Up Fuel Prices
Posted on 03/06/2014 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
Fuel prices have spiked over the last several weeks, but this shouldn’t be much of a surprise as we’ve seen the same pattern in recent years. As the warm weather moves in, fuel prices tend to heat up. This is due to refineries cutting production for seasonal maintenance.
The good news is that although prices at the pump have increased, they are still lower than they were during this time last year. Unfortunately, we’re expected to see an even greater spike in the coming weeks. While you can’t stop the rates from rising, you can utilize fleet management solutions to reduce fuel consumption and gain better control of fuel spend.
Here are a few ways a fleet tracking solution can help alleviate your fuel cost frustrations:
- Fuel Card Integration: Integrating your fleet’s fuel purchase data into a fleet tracking solution gives you a complete view of fuel usage. Fuel Card Integration provides you with detailed information about all fuel card transactions and maintenance purchases, helping to pinpoint and stop fraudulent purchases.
- Efficient Routing: The best way to save gas is to spend less time driving. Optimized routing features allow you take all locations in a driver’s itinerary and order them to create the shortest route. With a dispatching application, you can re-route your drivers on the fly if they get lost or stuck in traffic.
- Idle Reports & Alerts: Just one hour of unnecessary idling per day consumes 256 gallons of fuel per year. Automated Idle Reports help you monitor and reduce excessive vehicle idling within your fleet. You can also set up alerts to notify you instantly when drivers are exceeding the idle limit you have defined.
For more ways to save at the pump, check out our free report "5 Ways to Get Control of Your Fuel Spend.”