4 Key Fleet Fuel Savings Opportunities

Fleet Fuel Savings from Your GPS Tracking System

fleet fuel savings strategiesIf someone asked you to list the benefits of GPS vehicle tracking, fleet fuel savings probably wouldn’t make your short list. Knowing where your trucks are in the field? We’d bet that would make your list. Providing better customer service? Yeah, that too. Protection against vehicle theft? Sure. But saving money on your fleet’s fuel costs?

Actually, yes. GPS vehicle tracking can help you do that too. Want to see how much? The chart below illustrates how much more fuel costs your business if you have a fleet of Ford Transit T150s and a lead foot driver or two.

Assuming the price per gallon is $3.25 and each driver drives about 2300 miles per month—our field service business client base average—this business owner could save a whopping $70 per vehicle per week by encouraging drivers to slow their rolls from 70 to 55.

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How Fleet Tracking Can Help

Catch Drivers’ Fuel-Wasting Behavior

When your drivers blow past the speed limit throughout the day, as they make their way from job to job (or to lunch and back), they’re costing you money. The same is true for hard braking, aggressive accelerating, and idling engines at job sites — all fuel wasters. In fact, fueleconomy.gov estimates you could save 10% to a whopping 40% by curbing these behaviors.

With a GPS tracking solution like ClearPathGPS, you can monitor your employees’ behavior on the road, and learn which ones are driving your company vehicles responsibly and which need a good talking-to about fuel economy and road safety.

Find Fuel-Friendly Routes

Using ClearPathGPS’s traffic-overlay feature, which uses Google’s real-time data, your dispatchers will be able to help your field service techs and other drivers find the fastest—and most fuel-efficient—routes to job sites.

Maybe the most obvious path to a customer’s site follows a series of windy, hilly roads, or will likely have lots of traffic. These are exactly the types of routes that consume lots of fuel.

With your GPS tracking solution, though, you can often find an alternate route — not as obvious, and maybe even not as direct, but with fewer fuel-hogging twists, hills, and traffic jams.

Get Proactive Reminders for Fuel-Saving Maintenance Checks

The US Department of Energy estimates you can improve your vehicles’ gas mileage by up to 3% just by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.

And that’s just one example — among many — the DOE gives for how you can improve fuel economy by keeping your company’s vehicles in good shape.

The DOE also notes that using the right motor oil can boost fuel economy by 1% or 2%. A simple tune-up or a fix to a truck that failed an emissions test can improve its mileage by 4%. And fixing serious maintenance issues like a faulty oxygen sensor can improve mileage by up to 40%.

How does GPS tracking fit into all of this? With the right solution—like ClearPathGPS—you can have both the reactive and proactive data to reduce all of these potential vehicles issues.

For example, we’ll send you fault codes whenever something goes wrong with one of the key systems onboard any of your vehicles. That’ll help you get that vehicle fixed and back on the road—and back into fuel-saving condition—as quickly as possible.

You can also set up automatic reminders for each of your vehicles when it’s time for a regular maintenance check or tune-up. These proactive alerts could be based on mileage — say, every 5,000 miles — or according to time (maybe every three months).

Keeping all of your vehicles current with their regular maintenance appointments can help prevent these fuel-sapping problems from occurring in the first place.

And with our Fleetio and ManagerPlus integrations, you can even let us automatically schedule your vehicle’s maintenance appointments based on odometer.

Spot Fuel Theft Right Away

Finally, if you don’t know exactly when and where each of your drivers stop to fuel up with the company card, you might not discover for some time that a thief has lifted one of your driver’s fuel card numbers and been charging up fuel on your account.

But with ClearPathGPS and our integration partner Fleetio, you can integrate your fleet’s fuel card data into your GPS tracking system.

That means we’ll automatically check every fuel card purchase against your vehicle’s whereabouts—and we’ll let you know right away if anything seems suspicious.