When running fleet services, it’s important to factor in fuel usage for your business’ vehicles, as well as how to save money on fuel costs.
Businesses thrive when they are using their resources the most efficiently. Here are some simple tips for ways to save on fuel costs—and maybe make your business a little more efficient and profitable too.
1. Reduce Idling
Idling can use huge amounts of fuel. When fleet drivers are parked with the car running, fuel runs out without anything productive being done for the company. Utilizing GPS tracking services can help reduce idling by at least 20 percent, simply by identifying which drivers have the highest rates of idling and working towards a goal to lessen the amount. Setting a custom threshold for the amount of time allowed for idling helps reduce idling as well. Once a driver passes that threshold, an alert can be sent.
2. Map Efficient Routes
Routes that go out of the way in order to reach a destination can cause a lot of unnecessary fuel use. Mapping out the shortest, most efficient routes helps to minimize fuel use when going to a job site. Easily track routes through a GPS tracking system so that your drivers get to where they need to be on time, with less fuel usage.
3. Eliminate Wasteful Driving Habits
Getting to a destination on time is important in the fleet business, but that doesn’t need to involve excessive fuel use. Wasteful driving habits, such as speeding and rapid acceleration, can be monitored when keeping track of your fleet through GPS. Speeding alerts can easily be set up through the app, and you can get notifications when drivers go over the speed limit.
4. Check Tire Pressure
The tire pressure on your vehicles should be checked once a month. If your tires are underinflated, that could be costing you more at the pump.
5. Use Cruise Control
Are your fleet’s vehicles traveling a bit of distance to reach their destination? Encourage your drivers to use cruise control when appropriate. According to one Canadian study, cruise control can result in up to 20% fuel conservation.
Implementing these five tips can help your business and fleet to thrive this year. Save money on fuel and use your resources on the things that your business needs year round.
Linxup is a leading provider of vehicle and asset tracking solutions for small and medium-sized fleets and service companies. By pairing Linxup to Fleetio you can ensure vehicle mileage and preventative maintenance triggers are always up-to-date with automatic odometer readings.
Linxup delivers robust location-based solutions through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, giving businesses the tools they need to improve fleet management, increase productivity and reduce operating costs. In addition, with the introduction of temperature monitoring sensors and dash cameras, Linxup continues to be at the forefront of innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) field.