Fleet fuel efficiency can save you thousands every year. It could be enough to add more vehicles to the fleet, or better maintain the fleet you have. No matter how you decide to use the extra cash flow, here are five fuel efficiency tips to consider:
Tip #1 – Reduce Engine Idle Time
When an engine idles, it uses fuel. Stopping at a red light, stop sign, or yielding at intersections are unavoidable engine idle time; however, there are engine idle situations that a GPS tracking device can help you reduce or avoid altogether: parked engine idle, keeping the vehicle cabin warm while waiting, powering the air conditioner, and more.
With GPS tracking, you can review the vehicle’s route, where it spent its time, and how long it idled all within Skypatrol’s fleet management software. This way you don’t have to rely on your driver’s to provide you information, interrupt profit generating activities, or worry if the information is correct. A GPS tracking solution does it all for you.
Tip #2 – Monitor Driving Speeds
Through cities, traffic lights are synched to allow for the most consistent vehicle movement possible. That’s why you may see the Main Street traffic lights switch to green as vehicles travel along it. This is the most busy street, and the consistent movement reduces fuel usage, increases traffic flow, and encourages driving the speed limit.
A GPS tracking solution is able to monitor driving speeds on your fleet. This allows you to ensure your drivers are following the speed laws and better serve their ability to stop less at lights, drop offs/pickups, and for fuel.
Tip #3 – Optimize Fleet Routes
Have you ever considered eliminating left-hand turns from as many fleet routes as possible? It seems like an odd thing to do, but left-hand turns typically cause a delay in a route, and it costs more in fuel due to idling at stop lights or for oncoming traffic.