FUEL is always going to be a necessity for your business if you have any sort of vehicle or fleet. Whether you have one vehicle or 100 vehicles, it can be a costly expense due to the rising prices of fuel. So, if there was a way you could reduce your fuel costs you would want to know about it right?
Well, what if a fleet tracking system could reduce how much money your company spends out on fuel every single month?
Fleet tracking is the best way to help you find out where fuel is slipping through the cracks so that you can address it and take steps to save money on fuel. It provides you with real time information about your driver and vehicle that you may otherwise never know. There are several ways fleet tracking can reduce your fuel costs, here are a few ways it could help you.
Reducing vehicle speed
Did you know that travelling on a motorway at 80mph instead of 70mph can increase fuel consumption by 25%? Just that small increase in speed can make a huge difference. Multiply that across several vehicles and you have a huge source of cost leakage.
Accurate speed information about every vehicle in your fleet is something that a tracking system will provide, notifying you immediately. This is likely to encourage your drivers to stick to the speed limit and improve their driver behaviour. You also have the data to enable you to address any problems and resolve the issues.
The person driving for your company is representing your business, especially branded vehicles, so it is really important that your drivers comply with the speed limits and rules of the road. Notifications of any issues allow you to deal with them quickly and efficiently.
Decrease idle times
It is advised that anyone should switch off their engine if they are idle for more than a minute in order to save fuel costs. Fleet tracking will notify you whenever a vehicle is idle for an excessive period of time which can waste fuel and decrease productivity.
Without a GPS system tracking your vehicles, you have no way of gaining this information unless you are actually out on the road with the driver. It’s a great way to allow you to reduce the fuel costs associated with idling by giving you a full report in seconds containing detailed accounts.
Improved routeing and dispatching
A fleet tracking system allows you to know the exact location of every vehicle so that you can effectively manage routeing and dispatching. You can ensure that all drivers take the most direct route and should any get lost, they can be directed back on track.
Knowing the traffic and road conditions also puts you at an advantage as you can divert drivers around delays to help improve fuel efficiency. You can also assign jobs to the closest drivers in the most efficient manner possible. You will also know if any vehicle is being used for unauthorised journeys or purposely taken on extended routes.
Scheduling becomes easier to be efficient and effective. This means less time travelling between jobs which results in a lower fuel spend. You also don’t have to keep ringing and disturbing the drivers during a job because you can use live traffic alerts to advise them to use an alternative route.
Better vehicle maintenance
A vehicle that has regular maintenance runs much more efficiently and uses less fuel than neglected vehicles. Fleet tracking systems can give you notifications of when a service is needed and alerts can be set for each vehicle based on calendar time, engine on-time or mileage.
Having a proactive maintenance program also reduces the chance of your vehicles malfunctioning on roadways. It helps to keep your assets on the road in healthy conditions meaning less money is spent on repairs over time.
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