5 Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs Per Mile

4 Jun 2019

If you operate a fleet of vehicles, you’re well aware that fuel prices are on the rise yet again. With rising fuel costs, all eyes begin to look inward for opportunities to conserve fuel and save money across the entire organization. Below you will find five ways you can reduce your fuel costs per mile.

  1. Improve Your Maintenance Management

Scheduled maintenance is one of the most important tools in your arsenal when it comes to combating fuel costs. It helps to reduce the amount of fuel consumed per mile your vehicle is in operation by helping it operate more efficiently. Not only does this save your business when it comes to fuel costs, but also helps to eliminate unnecessary breakdowns and downtime as well.

  1. Create Fuel-Efficient Policies for Drivers

Driver behavior is another driving force behind mile-high fuel costs. While the costs of diesel and gasoline seem to rise as a matter of course, wasteful actions of drivers can have an even greater impact on fuel costs to your organization. In fact, some action can really ramp up your fuel consumption and usage.

  • Speeding
  • Hard braking and fast accelerations
  • Aggressive driving
  • Deviating from planned routes
  • Operating vehicles after hours

These can all lead to higher fuel costs for your business and many of them are not addressed in specific organizational policies.

  1. Adopt GPS Fleet Tracking

Not only can a solid GPS fleet tracking system help with both steps above, it can also help you plan more fuel-efficient routes for your drivers, reduce the efficiency of your routes (meaning fewer drivers and vehicles on the road), and monitor driving behaviors and maintenance scheduling to ensure proper adherence to policies and overall fleet safety.

  1. Eliminate Unnecessary Trips

Create a systems of checks and balances that eliminate the need to return to the main office for parts, equipment, inventory, etc. before resuming the daily plan. These wasted miles not only use up unnecessary fuel but add to your labor costs as well. Create policies that double check all equipment, tools, etc. before leaving for the day so that trips for additional materials become the exception rather than the rule for your fleet.

  1. Focus on Fleet Safety

This can help you reduce your accidents, tickets, and insurance costs, along with fuel costs. Accidents are expensive and added fuel is required to deal with the fallout. You may even be left to double up on routes in the aftermath while one fleet vehicle undergoes repairs leading to larger labor costs too. Focusing on safety is another preventative measure you can take to focus on safety.

Put these methods into practice for your organization and watch your fuel savings add up.

Learn more about how GPS fleet tracking can help reduce your fleet costs per mile. Peruse our website and give us a call here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494.

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