How GPS Vehicle Tracking Helps Cut Fuel Costs
If 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? Probably on top of the list! Providing better customer service? Yep, that too. Protection against vehicle theft? Absolutely. But saving money on your fleet’s fuel costs? Actually, yes. GPS vehicle tracking can help you with that as well.
And with the cost of fuel steadily rising, the ability to curtail fuel costs via GPS tracking is becoming even more of a reason to consider GPS fleet tracking if you haven’t already.
How much of an impact can GPS tracking system have on saving fuel costs? Let’s do the math! Assuming the price per gallon is $3 and each field worker drives about 1600 miles a month (80 miles per business day) — fairly standard in the field service business —you’d likely save $56 per vehicle per month by have the ability to better control worker driver behavior such as slowing down, taking shorter routes and less idling. Doesn’t seem like a lot though when you times that savings by a fleet of five, over the course of the year we’re talking a potential savings of $3300/year! Have a larger fleet? The savings really starts to add up.
So how does GPS fleet tracking help save costs on fuel? Here are the top 4 ways:
- 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’ 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
SAE International estimates you can improve your vehicles’ gas mileage by up to 20% just by improving driver efficiency and behavior. 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 vehicle issues. For example, we’ll send you fault codes whenever something goes wrong with one of the key systems on board 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 the odometer.
- Spot Fuel Theft Right Away
Finally, if you don’t know exactly when and where each of your drivers stops 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.
There are a lot of great benefits that can be derived from GPS fleet tracking, that can have a direct impact on helping improve your day-to-day operations and overall bottomline. Fuel costs is just one of them, and the savings that can be achieved just from that benefit alone can more then pay for the cost of GPS tracking. To learn more about your total GPS tracking savings potential, reach out today to have one of our GPS specialist team take you through our ROI tool!
At ClearPathGPS, we are focused on helping our customers improve their operations and bottomline. Our top-rated GPS fleet tracking solutions provide real-time data insights and tools needed to more effectively manage the vehicles, people, and assets businesses send into the field everyday. Can ClearPathGPS help your operations get better results? Let’s find out – request a demo or contact us today!