As a business owner or fleet manager, you are always looking for ways to make your job more efficient and productive. Fleet management can help you streamline operations, but did you know that it also contributes to keeping your fleet fuel efficient? According to EPA research, up to 30% of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency is impacted by individual driver behavior. Fleet tracking is a tool to provide windows for oversight and metrics needed to manage driver behavior.
Making sure your fleet is fuel efficient is not only good for your business financially but also for the environment. With natural resources dwindling, it is important for all businesses to be environmentally conscious. While there are major advances in alternative fuel technology for the future, right now most commercial fleets still require fuel. Even with any alternative fuel advances, there is no guarantee that your fleet will be significantly impacted by these technologies. The time to create and enforce a fuel-efficient mindset with your drivers is now.
Here are 4 habits you can enforce to create a fuel-efficient fleet:
- Monitor driver speed and positive reward behavior. Perhaps you can create a monthly speed monitoring program with your drivers and reward those with the least amount of speeding incidents.
- Highlight wasted fuel due to long idle times. Gas wasted by idling adds up. Idling means money wasted.
- Shine the light on improper routing. Choose the closest driver to any job and decrease frustration between dispatchers and drivers.
- Get the full view of your fleet to know your true costs. Identify which drivers have your company’s best interest at heart.
It is easy to write off high gas bills as necessary business expenses, but not all drivers are as conscious as they should be when operating company vehicles. Fleet management can give your business the insight you were missing. The SageQuest fleet management solution has the tools needed to help you realize greater fuel efficiencies and improve your bottom line.