by: Bethany Blakeney.
As gas and fuel prices spiral upwards, reducing your fuel consumption and cost will have a positive impact on your bottom line. Some drivers idle without even thinking about it. For example, an employee waits in their car for a coworker at a local coffee shop, the engine humming in the background. However, fleet idling can be very costly to business operations, in terms of wasted fuel, accumulation of vehicle maintenance costs, the possibility of fines or infractions, and the environmental impact of excessive emissions.
A GPS Fleet Management System Will Allow You To:
Monitor & Reduce Engine Idle Times - On Average 1 Gallon Of Fuel Is Consumed For Every 1 Hour Of Idle Time
Monitor Vehicle Speeds - Speeding Burns Excessive Fuel
Ensure Drivers Are Staying On Route - Where Are Your Drivers Going On Your Fuel?
The Hidden Expense Of Idling
Idling can consume one gallon of gas each hour. The American Trucking Association states that one hour of idling per day for one year results in the equivalent of 64,000 miles in engine wear when adding up all the contributing factors.
Chart Below Shows Daily, Monthly & Annual Cost For Vehicle's Idling 1 Hour Per Day @ a fuel cost of $4.00 per gallon
Do You Know How Many Hours Per Day Your Vehicles Are Idling?
These numbers are for fuel consumption costs only, it does not account for the extra repairs and maintenance cost that arise from excessive idling.
Speeding Burns More Fuel
It's a proven fact, driving at lower speeds saves gas. Studies have shown up to a 14% savings in fuel consumption, when drivers reduce their speeds.
According To A CNN Money Report, "the biggest fuel saver is driving the speed limit and driving sensibly. Rapid starts and stops and exceeding the speed limit will dent your pocketbook. Just by adhering to one of those, the Department of Energy estimates that drivers can save anywhere between 15 and 98 cents a gallon, again assuming pump prices are at $2.97 a gallon."
By optimizing driver's daily routes (automatically plutting in a more sensible order), and decreasing miles driven, your company can reduce fuel expenses and increase bottom line profits.
LiveViewGPS' Advanced Fleet Management Solutions reporting tools will allow you to instantly monitor excessive idling, speeding and drivers routes. You will be able to view current and historical data values for these pieces of information that will help to reduce, or eliminate these hidden costs.