5 Ways Fleet Managers Can Reduce Fuel Costs

21 Mar 2019

Fuel costs are one of the biggest expenses today’s fleets face. As a fleet manager you have a lot on your plate, including the responsibility of answering for your fleet’s fuel costs to your bosses. There are some things you can do, though, that can help you greatly reduce your fuel costs making your bosses happy and securing your future within your organization.

  1. Manage maintenance more effectively.

Improving vehicle maintenance improves how effectively every aspect of the vehicle operates. This includes everything from keeping up with routine maintenance to practicing active preventative maintenance to reduce or practically eliminate breakdowns and maintenance-related accidents that cost your fleet extra fuel to correct.

  1. Invest in GPS tracking for fleet vehicles.

GPS fleet tracking is a fleet manager’s best friend when it comes to reducing fuel costs. It can help you, initially, by assisting in the planning of more fuel-efficient routes. Additionally, it can help ensure your drivers are sticking to their designated routes and notify you of deviation.

  1. Cultivate fuel-efficient driving behaviors.

Driver behavior costs more than you realize when it comes to fuel efficiency. Safe drivers who follow the rules of the road, avoid aggressive driving behavior, and do not speed will save your business a lot of money when it comes to fuel costs. It may take a little time to cultivate the types of driving behaviors that net the biggest savings. GPS tracking can help you with that by providing daily reports about driving behaviors so you can address issues immediately.

  1. Eliminate unnecessary driver idling.

Idling is a big drain on your fuel economy and your carbon footprint. It’s something you want to eliminate among drivers. Idling occurs, in some situations, out of necessity thanks to stop and go Interstate traffic. However, there are times when idling can be eliminated to yield bigger savings for your organization. GPS tracking can help you monitor that as well so you can get direct answers from your drivers when they idle unnecessarily.

  1. Tame tire and wheel inefficiencies.

According to Wex Inc. rolling resistance from tires causes drag on your vehicle. Correcting the problem can save your fleet up to eight cents per gallon. Multiply that by the number of gallons of fuel your fleet uses in a year and you’ve found some pretty big savings to consider.

GPS tracking for fleets may not deliver world peace or solve the other major problems the world deals with daily, but it can take a huge bite out of your fuel cost problems. That alone makes it a worthwhile investment for fleets of all shapes and sizes.

If you’re considering a GPS fleet tracking solutions for your business, give us a call here at LiveViewGPS and we can help answer your questions. 1-888-544-0494

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