As petrol and diesel prices continue to rise, so does the need for businesses to reduce their fuel expenditure. A study by the Aberdeen Group found that fleets with GPS tracking systems installed experienced an average 13 percent reduction in their fuel costs; so we’ve identified 3 key ways a fleet management system will drive cost savings in your business.
Ensure compliance with speed limits
Ensuring drivers comply with speed limits is an important task for businesses wanting to reduce fuel expenses. Speeding increases the amount of fuel a vehicle uses to complete a job and is an inefficient use of an expensive resource.
Fleet management systems enable business owners and managers to proactively monitor driver behaviour and vehicle speeds in real time. GPS tracking systems alert designated staff members via e-mail or text message when speed limits are breached so that corrective action can be taken. Real time access to speed information is vital for promoting fuel efficiency; over speed information from yesterday doesn’t optimise a vehicles fuel use today.
Not only do fleet management systems identify speeding and inefficient fuel use as it happens, they store and record vehicle information from each journey so that information can be analysed to establish driver trends and regular speeding events which contribute to fuel waste. Features such as Live Tracking, Replay/History, Alerts and reports within a GPS tracking system enable businesses to monitor and optimise their litre to kilometre fuel use ratio and ensure compliant behaviour from their staff.
Reducing the instances where vehicles are left idling unnecessarily, e.g. while drivers are waiting for customers, or filling in paperwork, will significantly decrease the amount of fuel a vehicle uses in a day. According to Ford Motor Company, one hour of idling increases fuel costs as much as driving forty kilometres; calculate this cost over a weekly, monthly or yearly period and the expense can be staggering.
Implementing a fleet management system will allow your business to minimise excessive driver idling. You can define an acceptable amount of idle time and when this is reached, alerts are sent to drivers reminding them to turn the engine off. Fleet systems will also report on a per vehicle and per trip basis the amount of time a vehicle spends idling so management can implement operational improvements to achieve greater fuel savings.
Monitoring and reducing unnecessary idling not only reduces fuel costs but also decreases the carbon footprint left by each vehicle. As vehicles burn through more fuel, their greenhouse gas emissions increases. Fleet management systems allow businesses to monitor and manage these emissions so that environmental responsibility and compliance are achieved.
Efficient dispatch and routing
Efficient dispatching and accurate routing management means vehicles can spend less time travelling between jobs. Shorter travel time enables more jobs to be completed using a smaller amount of fuel.
Since GPS tracking systems pinpoint a vehicles exact location on a map, dispatch and routing staff can enable fuel savings by designating incoming jobs to the nearest possible driver. With up-to-date mapping features, fleet management systems can then identify the fastest route a driver should take and deliver turn-by-turn navigation to in-cab devices or smartphones. Not only does decreased kilometres reduce the amount of fuel used, but it also decreases trip duration’s which enables more jobs to be done in a day.
The ability to monitor a vehicles location at any time and track it’s movements with pinpoint precision aids in reducing fuel use in that unproductive and unauthorised vehicle use can be identified and eliminated. Access to this information means company vehicles and fuel are used only for purposes which results in a return for your business.
For more information on how a fleet management system can enable your business to reduce its fuel costs, get in touch with an Imarda representative today.