Cutting costs is a top priority for many fleets as a new year begins — and 2018 is no exception. The more you can cut costs without sacrificing service, the bigger your profits will be at the end of the year. Below are seven changes you can make that will help you cut costs for your fleet throughout 2018 and beyond.

  1. Improve Vehicle Maintenance

For many fleets, vehicle maintenance is not the priority it should be. While you do take care of necessary maintenance when required, you may allow a few thousand miles to pass before you get around to it. Staying on top of maintenance will keep your fleet vehicles operating optimally conserving fuel and reducing many preventable breakdowns. Proper maintenance can also extend the lives of vehicles in your fleet saving you more money in the long-term.

  1. Reduce Driver Idling Times

Many fleet operators believe that fuel wasted idling isn’t the big of a deal. According to the State of Indiana, this is not the case at all. In fact, not only does idling increase vehicle maintenance needs and costs, but the current estimates are that unnecessary idling accounts for more than one billion gallons of wasted diesel each year, which amounts to more than three billion dollars annually in unnecessary fuel costs.

  1. Use GPS Fleet Management and fleet tracking Systems

GPS fleet management and GPS fleet tracking can help you plan more efficient routes, reduce fuel costs, and ensure that your business needs are being met (deliveries, pickups, etc.) with greater degrees of efficiency saving your company an incredible amount of money each year.

  1. Track and Analyze Spending

In order to effectively cut your costs in 2018, you need to know where the bulk of your money is being spent and where cuts can be made. This requires diligent tracking of expenses and earnings so that you can make appropriate cuts, consolidations, and a few important operational decisions based on facts and hard numbers.

  1. Increase Employee Accountability

Your drivers play vital roles in the expenses your company faces. From the way they drive, adherence to assigned routes, and even time spent taking care of personal business on your clock, when you hold drivers accountable, they take a more vested interest in staying on task and on target.

  1. Encourage Fuel Efficiency

This is another behavioral thing, to a degree, for drivers, but one that is necessary for business productivity and cutting costs. Encourage drivers to stick to the most optimal speeds for maximum fuel efficiency, to avoid aggressive driving, and to pay attention to things like idling times, proper tire inflation, and other issues that affect fuel costs. Incentivize if you must, the savings will make up for a few bonuses along the way and instill good habits in all your drivers.

  1. Reduce Miles Travelled

The bottom line is that the more miles you travel, the more fuel it takes to get there. Look for ways to consolidate routes, make fewer deliveries, and reduce redundancy in coverage. This will help you cut costs in more ways than you realize throughout 2018.

These seven changes can make a dramatic difference for your bottom line in 2018. Try them out today and see what a change it makes for your trucking fleet.

Give us a call here at LiveViewGPS if you have questions about how GPS fleet tracking can cut your fleet costs in 2018. 1-888-544-0494

As the United States is gripped by bitterly cold temperatures, even sharks are looking for an escape from the frigidity of winter into warmer waters.

How cold is it across the country? According to CNN, all 50 states recorded temperatures below freezing (32 degrees F) on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. It’s not a one-day even either, since 90 percent of the country didn’t cross the 32-degree threshold on New Year’s Day and the nation watched as revelers rang in the New Year wrapped in heavy winter coats.

Records are being broken across the U.S. for low temperatures and it isn’t isolated to one part of the country. Even Florida is feeling the frost with waterparks closing and fountains freezing over from the cold. Which brings us to the story of sharks fleeing frigid waters in search of warmth this winter.

This is the story of Miss Costa. She’s a 12-foot long great white shark whose journey is being watched over by OCEARCH, an organization that tracks and studies a variety of marine species, thanks to GPS tracking. OCEARCH first “tagged” Miss Costa with a GPS located in September of 2016. They track her location because she pings a satellite every time her dorsal fin breaks the water’s surface.

In July of 2017, Miss Costa was hanging out around the waters of southern Nantucket. But she began heading south, making an appearance near Wilmington, North Carolina in early November before heading further south near Georgetown, South Carolina six days later. Her journey didn’t end there, though, as she headed further south, making it to the waters near Key West on Christmas and then showing up off the Sarasota County coast, in the Gulf of Mexico on January 1, 2018.

Unfortunately, some sharks aren’t making it south. Instead, they are washing up on beaches after being frozen to death, like three thresher sharks the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy found washed up on the shores of Cape Cod.

While the bulk of land-faring U.S. residents are shivering in the cold waiting for an end to the brutally cold temperatures, we are finding important teachable moments in evolution taking place in the water. It will be interesting to learn why some sharks, like Miss Costa head south in search of warmer waters at times like these while others freeze in the water and wash up on shore instead. GPS tracking and organization like OCEARCH are making it possible to study these creatures and the lessons they have to offer up close.

Residents of Bologna, Italy can now participate in a program that rewards them for making eco-friendly decisions. The initiative, dubbed Bella Mossa, offers incentives such as free ice cream, movie tickets and beer from April to September. To gain these free rewards, residents simply need to download an app on their smartphone called Better Points. Next, residents need to make the decision to either walk, take public transportation or bicycle through the city rather than traveling with their own personal vehicle.

 

Participants can log and track up to four journeys each day. Points are given to each participant based on the number of trips they have taken regardless of the distance traversed.

To maintain the integrity of the program, the application utilizes the smartphone’s GPS tracker to verify each entry. A user’s GPS data can confirm the type of transportation utilized and the distance traveled. As an added bonus feature, the app will also inform the user how much carbon dioxide was saved by choosing to use alternative transportation on each trip.

This inventive and innovative program was brainstormed by Marco Amdori, an urban planner, back in 2017. The idea was an instant hit, and both Bologna’s local government and the European Union were so thrilled with the concept that they helped fund the development of the program. During the app’s testing phase last year, participants logged an incredible 3.7 million kilometers of eco-friendly travel throughout the city.

Last month, Bologna won the CIVITAS “Bold Measure Award” for the Bella Mossa app. The award is given each year to the city that acts as a pioneer in adopting certain approaches that are likely to become widespread in the future. During the award ceremony, the city’s Mayor, Irene Priolo, explained that the app “has been one of the most effective tools to promote sustainable mobility in our city.”

BBC News reports that an overwhelming 100 businesses around Bologna city have agreed to join the Better Points program. Points accrued on the app can be redeemed at these local businesses. While this program is currently restricted to residents of the city, Bologna officials are working on new methods that will help encourage tourists to also join in on the socially responsible practices.

 

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