Reduce Your Fleet Fuel Costs With GPS Tracking
Companies with fleets feel the effect of high fuel costs more than other businesses. They not only have many vehicles relying on fuel to provide a service for their customers, they have to ensure their drivers are making the most effective use of their vehicles. Without proper supervision and a sophisticated monitoring system to control these factors, the company runs the risk of losing a large amount of their hard-earned profits because the fuel costs are not being managed.
4 Ways GPS Tracking Helps Reduce Fuel Costs
GPS tracking is a sophisticated monitoring system that helps you increase your fuel efficiency. GPS tracking can help reduce high fuel costs with:
- Decreased Idle Times
- Improved Dispatching And Routing
- Speed Monitoring
- Proactive Maintenance
Decreased Idle Times
Every hour a vehicle is idling is equal to approximately 25 miles of driving. The EPA states, contrary to popular belief, restarting a vehicle’s engine only uses 30 seconds of idling time and does not have a harmful impact on the vehicle’s components. It costs the business a lot of money when drivers use their vehicles to control the climate. GPS tracking systems help reduce high fuel costs by notifying you when a vehicle is idling for an excessive period of time, wasting fuel and decreasing driver productivity.
Improved Dispatching And Routing
GPS tracking lets you know the exact location of your vehicles and allows dispatchers to manage dispatching and routing more effectively. Dispatchers can make sure the vehicles take direct routes to each job. They can see which vehicles are closest to a job site to ensure each job is efficiently assigned. Fleet managers can also see if drivers take unauthorized journeys or extended routes.
When vehicles are managed and effectively dispatched using GPS tracking, the vehicles will not spend as much time on the road between jobs. Shorter travelling distances equal reduced fuel costs.
Excessive speeding burns extra fuel and is a safety risk. In addition to having a greater chance of getting into an accident, drivers can get a ticket when they are speeding. GPS tracking alerts managers and drivers when the speed exceeds the set limit. Fuel economy can be decreased up to 20% when vehicles are speeding. A 20% decrease in fuel costs can have a huge positive impact on businesses. A GPS tracking system can help managers monitor the drivers’ driving behaviors, encourage drivers to practice safer driving habits and reduces high fuel costs.
A high quality GPS tracking system will ensure your fleet vehicles receive proper maintenance. Maintenance alerts can be set based on engine, on time, mileage or calendar time depending on the service type. Check out our new Maintenance Assistant add-on to get an in-depth look at all the features available. Vehicles that are properly maintained not only save you money on repairs, they have better fuel efficiency and will last longer.
GPS tracking has changed the way many business owners look at fuel consumption. The challenge they face is to consume fuel in the most effective way possible. With fuel cost constantly rising, owners are seeking cost-effective ways to manage this expense. GPS tracking is one of the most cost-effective ways to manage these unavoidable fuel costs.